Spokane  is a city in eastern Washington. It is the second largest city in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest region and the largest in the Inland Northwest and Eastern Washington.
The city and its history is defined by the Spokane River, which flows directly through the city, cascading over a series of waterfalls in the heart of downtown. For thousands of years before the arrival of European fur-traders and explorers in the area in the early 1800s, the river had been a gathering place and an abundant source of salmon for the Spokane and other tribal peoples. As the city developed and homesteaders settled the area, the Spokane River became polluted, cover by bridges and railroad yards. In 1974, the river and much of downtown was reclaimed during Expo 74, the world's first environmentally-themed World's Fair.
Shaped by its geography, Spokane's urban area is highly varied, due in large part to its location in a valley at the junction of the semi-arid scablands of the Columbia Plateau to the west, the rolling and fertile farmland of the Palouse to the south, and the Selkirk and Rocky Mountains to the north and east.
Downtown Spokane from Riverfront Park
The city is pronounced as "spo-CAN," but often mispronounced as "spo-CANE."
Spokane is the economic hub of an area that serves roughly 1.5 million people. The largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis, its immediate metropolitan area, which includes neighboring Kootenai County, Idaho, is home to roughly 680,000 people. The city itself is home to just over 200,000. Politically, Spokane is as conservative as most cities its size across the west with Spokane and surrounding counties skewing Republican. Despite immigration from other areas of the country and world, Spokane has a fairly small racial minority population of around 15%.
Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County.
Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEG) for Geiger Field  is located 8 mi (12.8 km) west of downtown off of I-90 from Exit #277B (along US Hwy 2) towards Airway Heights. While the airport offers no international scheduled flights, despite its name, it retains a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for charter and general aviation flights. Fortunately, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport offers flights to most major international destinations and is only a short 45-minute flight from Spokane. As a result, the inland Northwest is easily accessible worldwide with just one plane change. Most major airlines serving Spokane are:
- Alaska Airlines/Horizon (Concourse C, Gates C21-26 & C30-32): (Portland, Seattle-Tacoma, Boise, Anchorage)
- Delta/Delta Connection (Concourse B, Gates B4 - B8 even numbered) : (Minneapolis/St Paul, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta)
- Southwest (Concourse A, Gates A11-13) (Boise, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Chicago-Midway)
- United Airlines/United Express (Concourse B) : (Denver, Chicago-O'Hare)
- American (Concourse C) : (Phoenix)
To travel from the airport to downtown:
- A taxi from the airport will cost around $25+ 15% tip.
- The STA #60 bus , costs $1.50 one way (or $3.50 for day pass if requiring to transfer buses) and takes 25 minutes to travel from the airport to downtown (at the 'Plaza' @ W Sprague & Wall St). The stops are outside the police office & conference center at Concourse C and the arrivals concourse past Concourse A at the opposite end of the main terminal building . Click here for a list of additional local (door to door) and long distance buses to Coeur d'Alene, Kettle Falls, Pullman/Colfax, Moscow, Fairfield AFB, etc.
Spokane is located on Amtrak's  Empire Builder route, which operates between Seattle/Portland and Chicago. Spokane is located at the point where westbound trains are split in half, one half going to Seattle through the Cascades and the other half to Portland OR-Vancouver WA along the Columbia River Gorge, and where eastbound trains from those cities are joined together to continue eastward. The Empire Builder connects with Amtrak's Coast Starlight & Cascades in Seattle and Portland and additional trains in Chicago. The Amtrak intermodal station, which is shared with Greyhound buses, is located downtown, close to major hotels and attractions at 221 W 1st Ave.
The bus station for long distance buses is at the same location as the train station (in an intermodal station) at 221 W 1st Ave. Some of the bus companies also have additional stop at the airport and/or in different parts of town:
- Greyhound, Intermodal Station @ 221 W 1st Ave, ☎ 509-624-5251 (toll free: 1-800-231-2222), . Travels primarily on Interstate 90 (Seattle, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Spokane, Couer d'Alene, Kellog, St Regis & Missoula)
- Bellair Charters, Intermodal Station @ 221 W 1st Ave, ☎ +1-888-739-5395, . operates the state's "Travel Washington Gold Line" bus between Spokane, Colville & Kettle Falls along US 395. Stops at the airport, STA Plaza at 701 W Riverside, the Intermodal Station & Hasting Rd P&R in N. Spokane.
- Northwestern Trailways, Intermodal Station @ 221 W 1st Ave, ☎ +1-509-838-4029 ([email protected]ys.com), . Goes west to Seattle through Ritzville, Ephrata, Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Lake Stevens & Everett along I-90 & US 2. They also go down to Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Cottonbird & Boise; east to Couer d'Alene; and north to Sandpoint.
- Wheatland Express, 4101 SR 270, Pullman 99163, ☎ +1-509-334-2200 (toll free: +1 800 334-2207, [email protected], fax: 509-332-0118), . Goes from the airport down to Colfax, Pullman and Moscow, ID. No stop at the downtown intermodal station.
Spokane Transit (STA) offers reliable, easy-to-use local bus service from Cheney to Liberty Lake and Deer Park to the southern boundary of the City of Spokane. Most routes run through downtown Spokane and the STA Plaza. Bus route maps can be found online, on Spokane Transit buses, and at the STA Plaza. Most drivers are very friendly and helpful, so ask any questions you may have. STA operates using two-hour and all-day passes.
Car rentals are available near Spokane International Airport. All of the major companies are located there. Returning cars at the airport can be a little confusing. The main entrance to the rental return is an entire mile before the airport terminal (left at Flint Rd.) You can also drop off passengers and turn right at Flint Rd. just past the terminal. Note there are no directional signs for rental cars between these two places.
Interstate 90 is an excellent way to cross town East-West. Spokane is accessed from exits #276 ("Geiger Blvd/S Grove Rd") through #285 ("Sprague Ave") along I-90. To get to downtown from I-90 eastbound, exit off at 280 and follow signs to Walnut St and go north on Walnut or continue along parallel road (4th Ave) to Lincoln. If coming off the westbound lanes exit at #280A and follow signs to Lincoln St and go north on Lincoln into downtown. A north-south freeway is under construction, and won't be finished for many years. Allow more time if you have to go very far in this direction, as there's no express route yet.
Check with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for current driving conditions. 
Locally the road running east & west as Sprague Ave (through downtown & all the way through Spokane Valley) & W Riverside(west of downtown, west of Walnut St) divides the addresses & streets from "North" & "South" while Division St (US Hwy 2 and 395 going north from I-90) (going north & south) divides the addresses & streets from "West" & "East".
Within the past five years, Spokane has rapidly developed its bicycling infrastructure, adding both protected and unprotected bike lanes, traffic-separated bike trails and paths, and bike parking areas downtown and in major commercial districts. As a result, biking is a convenient and desirable way to commute. Within the six-month period from April to October when the weather is most reliably bicyclist-friendly, it is not uncommon to see throngs of bicycle commuters traveling downtown or to the various districts, like South Perry and Garland. Many employers now offer showers and changing facilities to their employees to encourage cycling. A decent map of area bike lanes and trails can be found at .
All Spokane Transit buses feature bike racks with space for two bikes, adding to possible destinations.
The Centennial Trail runs along the Spokane River from downtown Coeur d'Alene on through the Spokane Valley and downtown Spokane ending in Riverside State Park. The nationally-recognized trail is a favorite among bicyclists, runners, and skaters. Be on the lookout for the particularly dramatic section near Mile 23. Here trail users exit the up-and-coming Kendall Yards neighborhood to downtown (when traveling eastbound) and cross under the century-old Monroe Street Bridge, exposing world-class views of the Spokane Falls. Be sure to take enough time to enjoy this true gem that makes Spokane one of the most beautiful downtown urban areas in the United States. And don't forget a camera.
- Riverfront Park, centrally located in the heart of downtown on both banks of the Spokane River, was the host of the 1974 World's Fair. Many of the pavilions still exist, including the architecturally-significant U.S. Pavilion. Canada Island, the Rotary Fountain, the Spokane Falls SkyRide, and the Looff Carousel deserve particular mentions, although the site is great even just for a relaxing weekday picnic. The park itself is beautifully maintained, if a bit dated. Fortunately, the passage of a bond by local voters in 2014 means that $65 million will be pumped into Riverfront Park renovations over the next four years. Be sure to check  for updates, as some attractions will be closed at various points in order to facilitate construction.
Downtown Oasis - Riverfront Park
- Manito Park, located on the South Hill between 17th Ave and 25nd Ave, west of Grand Blvd and east of Bernard Street. Its steep hills make it a popular wintertime sledding spot. Home to a zoo until 1933, Manito is now a year-round home to a friendly flock of geese and ducks. Manito Park, thanks in part to its size, is home to numerous attractions. Traditional park amenities like playgrounds and grass fields mix with swaths of unmanicured native plants and beautifully maintained gardens such as the Victorian inspired Duncan Garden or the Japanese garden which was a gift from Spokane's sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan.
- Monroe Street Bridge. Recently renovated over the course of a two-year construction period, this bridge was built in 1911 and is the largest arch bridge in the United States of America. Take an inspiring walk across the falls of the Spokane River while admiring the buffalo head sculptures adorning the covered observation decks across the span. The Monroe Street Bridge is located in the heart of Downtown immediately west of Riverfront Park.
- Riverside State Park Bowl and Pitcher is the site of a unique set of basalt rock formations in the middle of the fast-flowing Spokane River. Overlook and suspension bridge on east side is a great way to experience Spokane's former motto: Near Nature, Near Perfect. 
- Spokane County Courthouse Located at 1116 West Broadway just north of downtown. This interesting courthouse was completed in 1895 in 16th century French Renaissance style. 
- John A. Finch Arboretum Located at 3404 West Woodlawn Blvd. A 65 acre arboretum stretching up Sunset Hill, between Interstate 90 and Sunset Highway, along Garden Springs Creek. Even after the explosion of colors in the fall the arboretum is worth a visit well into winter thanks to an evergreen rhododendron grove in the back.
- Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture The MAC is located at 2316 West First in the unique Browne's Addition neighborhood. Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the campus is the historic Campbell House, of which the MAC offers guided tours. It is one of many historic homes in the neighborhood, which is well worth a stroll about after leaving the museum.
- Davenport Arts District Surrounding the historic Davenport Hotel on the western side of downtown, the Davenport Arts District is home to many galleries, restaurants and boutiques.
- Ft. George Wright National Historical District
- Gonzaga University A private, Jesuit university located in the Logan Neighborhood immediately northeast of downtown. Gonzaga is home to the national powerhouse Gonzaga Bulldogs, or "Zags" as they are commonly known, basketball program.
- Spokane Falls The Spokane River crashes over a series of waterfalls in the heart of the city before entering the Spokane River Gorge. The Upper Falls are best viewed from Riverfront Park while the more dramatic lower falls can be seen from the adjacent Huntington Park or from above on the Monroe Street Bridge.
- Bing Crosby Collection Legendary singer (he sang the classic song "White Christmas"), Academy Award winning actor and Gonzaga alum Bing Crosby who moved to Spokane when he was 3 (born in Tacoma, WA) has a Crosby Collection display at Gonzaga University. The collection (about 200 items-records, photos, books) is at Gonzaga's Crosby Student Center’s Crosbyana Room and Bing Crosby's childhood home (the Bing Crosby House at 508 E Sharp Avenue-free admission) built in 1913 has more items on display (open- Weekdays 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m).
Golf- Spokane has consistently been ranked as having among the best public golf course in the country. And at low-rates, Spokane area golfing is a great value as well. There are 33 golf courses within a short drive of the city center. The City of Spokane operates four public golf courses, including the award winning Indian Canyon. Spokane County operates six other public courses. The Coeur d'Alene resort golf course features a green floating in the lake.
- Bloomsday This 12 kilometer run/walk is perfect for anyone of any age. Bloomsday is the world's largest timed road race with over 50,000 participants each year. The race is always the first Sunday in May.
- Lilac Festival The country's largest Armed Forces Day celebration including the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. Held annually on the third Saturday in May.
- Hoopfest The world's largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament, with courts spread out all over downtown. Hoopfest takes place over the last weekend in June.
- OutSpokane Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival  Eastern Washington's largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender festival. Held annually every June.
- Spokane Gay/Lesbian Film Festival  Held annually on the first weekend of November, the festival presents a weekend of independent film.
- Get Lit! Programs Festival  The week long literary festival held annually in the Spring with educational outreach programs throughout the year. It celebrates literature for all ages with readings, workshops, panel discussions, slams, fairs, contests, and more.
- Bare Buns Fun Run  Largest clothing-optional timed road race in the U.S. Five kilometers run/walk on pressed gravel. Family-oriented code of conduct applies. Last Sunday in July since 1984. North Deer Lake Road exit from US-395, then about 10 miles (16 km). Drive with caution on the narrow, winding road, which becomes unpaved at the end of the lake shore.
Spokane has an active music scene and, with large venues like the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and Knitting Factory, is a stop for many popular touring acts. Local and independent artists perform at smaller venues, clubs and bars across downtown. Two notable downtown venues which focus mainly on live music are The Bartlett, which is all-ages all the time, and The Big Dipper.
- Spokane Symphony has been performing since 1945. A 70 piece professional orchestra directed by Eckart Preu that puts on over 60 concerts per year, most of which take place at the Fox Theater in downtown.
- Huckleberry's Natural Market 926 South Monroe Street (509) 624-1349 7am-10pm The 9th Street Bistro inside this grocery store is a bustling cafe that serves $4.00 breakfast specials. Vegetarian-friendly deli. Enjoy a toasted bagel with lox from the meat counter, or some freshly rolled sushi. While now in competition with the likes of Natural Grocers and Trader Joe's, Huckleberry's was the first natural grocery store of its kind in Eastern Washington. Large wine and bulk foods selection. Some Rosauers Grocery Stores and Super 1 Foods also have a smaller Huckleberry's Market (without a bistro) concept inside the store.
- River Park Square Located in the center of downtown, just across from Riverfront Park, River Park Square is home to a twenty-screen AMC Theatres location, upscale stores such as Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Apple, and The North Face, and a diverse collection of specialty stores selling items ranging from walking sticks to chocolates. Satisfy your hunger at the AtriumCafeson3 or at one of many sit down restaurants. River Park Square is also a great place for kids with a children's museum, bookstore and toy store.
Spokane's dining scene has come into its own in recent years. A wide variety of chef-owned restaurants serve a wide array of tastes, with an emphasis on locally-grown and organic ingredients. You can't leave without enjoying a craft pizza at one of the area's many artisan pie shops. The area is known for wild and exotic pizza varieties, including thai and a four-cheese pie called the "Honey Badger," topped with a honey glaze.
- Caruso's Sandwich & Pizza Company (Caruso's), 2314 N. Argonne Rd, Spokane, WA 99206, ☎ +1 509 474-0254 ([email protected]), . 8:00 - 20:00.
- Dick's Hamburgers, 10 E 3rd Ave (SE corner of E 3rd & Division), ☎ +1 509 747-2481. A Spokane institution, serving up the quickest and most efficient cholesterol-delivery systems in the state.
- Didiers Yogurt & More, 10410 N Division St (N Division and D Humboldt on the southeast side of the Whitworth University campus), ☎ +1 509 466-8434. Quality fast food from a family owned business. Great burgers and frozen yogurt. Located on the east side near Whitworth College.
- Mary Lous Milk Bottle, 802 W Garland Ave (W Garland & N Post), ☎ +1 509 352=1772. Originally built for the long defunct Benewah Dairy Company in mid-1930's, this small restaurant serves burgers and shakes. The building consists of a stuccoed milk bottle several stories high. A similar structure (not open to the public) is visible from the I-90 westbound off ramp to Maple St. (#280A), and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cash only.
- Fergusons Cafe, 804 W Garland Ave, ☎ +1 509 328-1950. Located next to the Milk Bottle (above), this restaurant was featured in three Hollywood movies, “Benny & Joon” “Vision Quest,” and “Why Would I Lie?” Opens early for breakfast, and well known for its "blue plate specials."
- Tacos el Sol, 401. One of Spokane's oldest and most beloved food trucks, Tacos el Sol serves up cheap and delicious street tacos and other traditional Mexican fare six days a week.
- Elk Public House, 1931 W Pacific Ave, ☎ +1 509 363-1973. Eclectic to Standard food, large selection of microbrews on tap. Outdoor seating in the historic Brownes Addition.
- Casper Fry, 928 S Perry St, ☎ +1 (509) 535-0536, . Focusing on American and contemporary southern dishes, Casper Fry is located in the vibrant and lively South Perry District. With locally-grown ingredients and a killer atmosphere, this restaurant offers dishes at the upper end of the mid-range spectrum
- The Flying Goat, 3318 W Northwest Blvd, ☎ +1 (509) 327-8277, . Serving a wide variety of eclectic craft neapolitan-style pizzas and craft beer, the Flying Goat has become a favorite among Spokanites for its casual neighborhood atmosphere. Don't miss the popular fire pit located outside.
- Bennidito's Pizza, 1426 S Lincoln St (NW of the intersection of W 15th Ave & S Lincoln St), ☎ +1 509 455-7411, . A local jewel, recently expanded. The pizza and calzones are fantastic. Always some good beers on tap, or you can get a bucket full. Recommended: garlic cheese bread, beer buddies, chicken wings, pesto ranch dressing, hot italian sausage, saxon pizza, New Yorker calzone.
- Nudo, 818 W Sprague, ☎ +1 (509) 290-5763, . Serving upscale, American-influenced ramen in a sexy, high-design, contemporary atmosphere, Nudo offers a wide variety of ramen varieties for all tastes. Located on a restaurant row on Sprague that features a number of other high-design eateries.
- Italia Trattoria, 144 S Cannon St (W of downtown in the Browne's Addition neighborhood), ☎ +1 (509) 459-6000, . Regionally-inspired Italian restaurant in the historic Browne's Addition neighborhood west of downtown. House-made pasta, fresh and sustainable seafood and produce, and naturally-raised meats. Chef Anna Vogel worked as a chef for Tom Douglas in Seattle.
- Clover, 913 E Sharp Ave (just NE of the Gonzaga University campus off of Hamilton), ☎ +1 (509) 487-2937 ([email protected]), . Rated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the best new bars in the United States, Clover is located in a converted home in the Logan District near Gonzaga University. Focusing on thoughtful food, craft cocktails, and exceptional hospitality, the restaurant serves locally-inspired classics in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Executive Chef Travis Dickinson won several regional awards when he ran the kitchen at the Hall Street Grill in Portland.
- Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie, 404 W Main Ave, ☎ +1 (509) 315-4613, . Located in the historic Auntie's Bookstore building in downtown Spokane, Santé focuses on fresh breads and sustainable meats. The restaurant, widely acclaimed in Spokane, is owned by James Beard-recognized Jeremy Hansen.
- The Rockwood Bakery  315 E 18th Ave. Located less than a block from Manito Park, The Rockwood Bakery is great for a mid-day coffee or pastry after a day in the park.
- Saunders Cheese Market  210 S Washington, +1 509 455-9400. Located in the east central part of downtown, this shop offers many cheeses from the United States, including the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. Cheese plates are also offered, and there is wine by the glass, or you can bring in wine from the conveniently neighboring Vino! Wine Shop.
- Your City Bites  888-982-4837. A food tour of downtown Spokane that features local reastaurants.
Within the past ten years, Spokane has experienced an explosion in craft brewing, with new local and regional brewers rapidly expanding in popularity. Beyond that, the nightlife scene has grown significantly with the addition of a number of bars, pubs, and nightclubs downtown.
- NoLi Brewhouse: 1003 E. Trent Ave., +1 509 242-2739. For fresh local beer, head to NoLi Brewhouse, on the banks of the Spokane River. This is a true brewpub, offering sampler trays (and pints, of course) of its locally-made, internationally-renowned ales, including the famous Born & Raised IPA and the Rise & Grind, brewed with coffee. In addition to one of the best outdoor patios in Spokane overlooking the river, NoLi Brewhouse features an ambitious food menu.
- River City Brewing: 121 S. Cedar St., (509) 413-2388. Founded in 2012, River City Brewing has grown into one of the area's most beloved breweries, occupying a beautifully-restored space in a brick building on the West End of downtown Spokane. Their "River City Red" can be found at many local bars and pubs.
- Iron Goat Brewing:  1302 W. Second Ave., (509) 474-0722. Craft brewery located downtown in a beautifully-remodeled building with an airy and taproom offering upscale pub fare, trivia nights, and live music.
- Steel Barrel Taproom:  154 S Madison St., (509) 315-9879. Located on the west edge of downtown, not far from Iron Goat Brewing. With about two dozen taps of local micro- and nanobrews, Steel Barrel is a great place to taste Spokane beers. The taproom features a shuffleboard table and a patio and shares space with a ceviche restaurant.
- Perry Street Brewing:  1025 S. Perry St., (509) 279-2820. Opened in March 2014, Perry Street Brewing sits in the heart of the vibrant and family-friendly South Perry neighborhood on Spokane's lower South Hill. Featuring traditional Northwest-style craft beer and a new food menu.
- Steam Plant Brewing:  159 S. Lincoln St., (509) 777-3900. Housed in the historic, renovated Steam Plant and featuring a full food menu, Steam Plant Brewing offers Inland Northwest craft beers brewed on-site in a killer atmosphere.
- Bellwether Brewing:  2019 N. Monroe St., (509) 280-8345. Located in the up-and-coming North Monroe District in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood of north Spokane, recently-opened Bellwether Brewing features a number of craft ales and pub fare.
- Black Label Brewing:  19 W. Main St., (509) 822-7436. Located in the Saranac Commons, an upscale, craft local food court, Black Label's atmosphere cannot be beat for local beer on the East End of downtown.
- One Tree Cider House:  111 S. Madison St., (509) 309-2996. If fruit-based brews are more your style, One Tree, on the west end of downtown, has 20 taps of cider and perry from the greater Pacific Northwest, including One Tree's own concoctions. The taproom is spacious and comfortable and serves appetizers.
- Liberty Ciderworks:  164 S Washington St, Ste 300, (509) 321-1893. You won't find elaborately flavored or infused ciders at this downtown ciderhouse. What you will find is an array of carefully crafted ciders made from local fruit and brewed specifically to highlight the characteristics of each apple. Bottles are also for sale. Take note for accessibility: the taproom is small, up a flight of stairs, and they offer bowls of peanuts as bar snacks.
- The Lantern Tap House 1004 S. Perry St., An ever-changing selection of high-quality craft beers from around the nation, owned and operated by people who are passionate about good microbrews. Adventurous cocktails and pub-style food are on the menu as well at this rustic, wood and brick Perry District hotspot.
- Jack & Dan's Bar & Grill:  1226 N Hamilton St, +1 509 487-6546. Classic sports bar once part-owned by the father of former NBA & Gonzaga University star John Stockton, and still bearing his name. Sitting on the edge of Gonzaga University, it naturally caters to the students and is packed to watch basketball games. Children are welcome in the restaurant until 10 PM.
- Baby Bar:  827 W 1st Ave, +1 509 847-1234. Located directly across the street from the Davenport Hotel and nestled behind Neato Burrito, of which it is a part, is the most hip bar in Spokane. Serving the traditional PBR along with a rotating craft beer selection and fresh squeezed grapefruit to go with their expansive liquor collection. Occasionally home to live music in the street-facing Neato Burrito section of the establishment.
- O'Doherty's Irish Grille:  W 525 Spokane Falls Blvd, +1 509 747-0322. This is a place to gather, chat, tip a pint and enjoy a little Irish flavor. Guinness and Harp on tap. Live Irish music on Tuesday nights. After you've been there a while you'll probably want to become a member of the O'Doherty's family by standing on the bar, singing a song for the entire bar, and stapling a dollar on the wall. Children are welcome in the restaurant until 10 PM.
- Gilded Unicorn:  110 S. Monroe, +1 509 309-3698. Located in the cellar of the historic Montvale Hotel in Spokane's downtown Arts District. The atmosphere is one-of-a-kind and the "happiest hour" (until 6pm and again from 10pm to close) is possibly the best in the city, with small plates and cocktails for $3-5. If you've got a bigger appetite, it also serves full-size plates of modern American cuisine.
- Globe Bar & Kitchen:  204 N Division St, (509) 443-4014. Lively bar with ornate decor including chandeliers, huge TVs, pub food & weekend live music.
There's no need to turn to alcohol for a great beverage. Beyond its reputation as a brewery destination, Spokane has seen an explosion in its local craft coffee scene. Don't bother with Starbucks, although the international coffee powerhouse is based in Washington. Stick to the local coffeeshops and roasters. These locations offer better coffee, excellent service, and often superb pastries in a killer atmosphere.
- Revel 77:  3223 E 57th Ave., (509) 280-0518. Revel 77 is a coffeehouse on the South Hill featuring quiet spots for reading your favorite book, a community table where you and your friends can gather for conversation, and excellent pourover drip coffee exquisitely brewed just for you.
- Indaba Coffee:  1425 W Broadway Ave., (509) 443-3566. There's another Indaba location in downtown Spokane, but the original location on West Broadway in West Central truly encapsulates the neighborhood coffeehouse experience. The roaster and coffeeshop also hosts community events, provides job training for at-risk youth, and donates a meal for each bag of coffee sold.
- Coeur Coffeehouse:  701 N. Monroe St., (509) 703-7794. This might just be the most hip coffeeshop in Spokane. Roasting Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and numerous other artisanal and in some cases local roasters, this is the perfect place to grab a pastry and an espresso and get work done in the bright, airy remodeled space.
- Roast House:  423 East Cleveland Ave., (509) 995-6500. Its warehouse is only open for limited hours, but Roast House is perhaps Spokane's most prolific craft roaster. Their warehouse does frequent tastings, but beyond that, their beans can be purchased all over the region.
- Atticus:  222 N Howard St., (509) 747-0336. Atticus features a lively, loud, urban atmosphere, excellent craft coffee and great pastries. They also feature an extensive Pacific Northwest gift selection.
- Spaceman Coffee:  228A W Sprague Ave. One of the newest additions to Spokane's craft coffeehouse scene, Spaceman brews Spokane's Vessel Coffee and sits in an artsy downtown district nearby the Bartlett, an all-ages music venue, and nYne, a bar and nightclub.
- Hotel Ruby and Sapphire Lounge (Hotel Ruby), 901 W. 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, ☎ +1 509 747-1041, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Spokane's number one independent boutique hotel, winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row! We provide comfort, style and value in downtown Spokane's Entertainment District.
- Hotel Ruby2 (Ruby2), 123 S. Post St., Spokane, WA 99201, ☎ +1 509 838-8504 ([email protected], fax: +1 509 747-7849), . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Ruby 2 is near the Bing Crosby Theater, the Knitting Factory Concert House and right off of Interstate 90 in the heart of downtown. Our Spokane, Washington hotel is the perfect vantage point for enjoying all the city has to offer.
- Microtel Spokane/Airway Heights, 1215 S Garfield Rd, +1 509 242-1200, . Microtel is pleased to be the first economy/budget hotel brand to offer guests free local and free long distance calls in the continental United States, and free wireless high-speed Internet access in every room of our hotels, as well as advance online check-in and check-out with unlimited access to online folio information. These new amenities compliment our other standard amenities including remote TV with ESPN, CNN and one movie channel and complimentary continental breakfast.
- Motel 6 Spokane East, 1919 N Hutchinson Rd, ☎ +1 509 926-5399 (fax: +1 509 928-5974), .
- Motel 6 Spokane West-Airport, 1508 S Rustle Rd (Rustle & W Sunset Blvd, off of Exit #277 from I-90), ☎ +1 509 459-6120 (fax: +1 509 747-1857), .
- Oxford Suites Spokane Downtown, 115 W North River Dr, ☎ +1 509 353-9000, .
- Oxford Suites Spokane Valley, 15015 E Indiana Ave, ☎ +1 509 847-1000, .
- Best Western Peppertree Airport Inn, 3711 S Geiger Blvd, +1 509 624-4655, Toll-free: +1 800-799-3933, Fax: +1 509 838-6416, . Offers spacious, comfortable rooms near some of Washington’s most popular golf courses, universities and visitor attractions.
- Best Western Pheasant Hill, 12415 E Mission Ave, +1 509 926-7432, Fax: +1 509 892-1914, .
- Comfort Inn University District/Downtown, 923 3rd Ave E, +1 509 535-9000, Fax: +1 509 535-5740, .
- Courtyard Spokane Downtown at the Convention Center, 401 N Riverpoint Blvd, +1 509 456-7600, Fax: +1 509 456-0969, .
- Fairfield Inn Spokane Downtown, 311 N Riverpoint Blvd, +1 509 747-9131, Fax: +1 509 747-0501, .
- Holiday Inn (Airport), 1616 S Windsor Dr, +1 509 838-1170, .
- Holiday Inn Express, 9220 E Mission, +1 509 927-7100, .
- Holiday Inn Express, N 801 Division St, +1 509 328-8505, .
- Red Lion Hotel at the Park Spokane Hotel, 303 W North River Dr, ☎ +1 509 326-8000, . Situated at the edge of Riverfront Park, on the banks of the cascading Spokane River, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is a beautifully renovated hotel that delivers a new level of hospitality to business and vacation travelers in Spokane, Washington.
- Wingate by Wyndham (Airport), 2726 S. Flint Road, ☎ +1 509 838-3226, . All-new hotel. Courtesy Spokane Airport shuttle, free breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Davenport Hotel and Tower, 10 S Post St, ☎ +1 509 455-8888, . Spokane's only four diamond hotel. Rated in the top ten best hotels in America by Expedia. Located in the heart of Downtown and the Davenport District (Art District), the Davenport Hotel and Tower offers luxury accommodations and first class service. From their own custom made "Davenport Mattress" to the three award winning restaurants and bars, the historic hotel doesn't skimp on details. The hotel, which under went a multimillion dollar renovation in 2002, is locally owned and operated and it shows in the personal service received. You can see the hotels extensive history dating back from 1914 throughout the hotel's Western European inspired rooms, lobbies and restaurants. (47.656876,-117.424257)
- Hotel Lusso, 808 W Sprague Ave; Spokane, WA 99201 (One block up from their sister hotel, the Davenport @ Sprague & Post), ☎ +1 509 455-8888 (toll free: +1 800 899-1482, fax: +1 509 624-4455), . Small Mediterranean style hotel located in the heart of downtown.
- Montvale Hotel, 1005 W 1st Ave (W 1st Ave & S Monroe by the Fox Theater), ☎ +1 509 747=1919, . Small European style boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown by the Fox Theater.
People in Spokane are generally quite kind and hospitable. The city is quite safe, and violent crime is rare. That said, Spokane has had ongoing challenges with property crime and vehicle theft. As such, if parking a vehicle, be sure to lock the doors and ensure that all valuables are in the trunk. Also, use caution when walking through Riverfront Park or on the Centennial Trail at night.
Do not swim or wade in the Spokane River as this is very dangerous. Drownings are unfortunately quite common.
Spokane is one of a few cities nationwide that has Wi-Fi access just about everywhere Downtown. The entire Downtown area is a Wi-Fi hotspot or an area where wireless Internet is provided free of charge (2 hours per day) if your computer is equipped for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, there's no free Wi-Fi at the airport yet, though the Boingo network (daily fee after 20 mins.) is available.
Although the destinations of Seattle, Portland, Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens are popular with locals, these generally are not day trips. That said, Spokane has the closest international airport to a number of locations in the Inland Northwest and B.C. Interior, so it can be a good base for exploration further afield.
- The Inland Northwest features some of the best access to great skiing on the continent. A quick 45-minute drive north from downtown leads to Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, a five-chairlift day ski area within the larger Mt. Spokane State Park . Drive further afield and you can easily reach 49 Degrees North to the north or Silver Mountain , Lookout Pass , or Schweitzer  in the northern Idaho Panhandle. Schweitzer, located in Sandpoint, Idaho, features 2,900 acres and eight chairlifts, including two high-speed quads and Idaho's only high-speed six-pack.
- Also, 40 minutes east of downtown is the lakefront tourist town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It's also known for its quaint downtown.
- Grand Coulee Dam  About 88 miles from Spokane, the largest electric power-producing facility in the U.S., and one of the largest concrete structures in the world. A laser light show is sometimes held after dark on summer nights (check schedule).
- Walla Walla Originally known for its funny name and famous sweet onions, traditional crops have been replaced by the vineyards of over 100 area wineries. Due to the distance (157 mi/256 km) and large number (for its size) of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts, many visitors stay overnight. If too pricey, Pendleton, Oregon is much cheaper.
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