Discover Spokane

Article by Visit Spokane, a proud Sponsor of TBEX North America 2022/Spring

It’s the little things that leave a lasting effect. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to reassess what is important, to appreciate the small stuff, to embrace the moments and experiences. In Spokane, you’ll find a small city with big perks. This area has a lot to offer the traveler looking for something other than the usual big-city fare. Discover Spokane and all it has to offer.

Natural Beauty

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Tubbs Hill (Photo Credit: Ben Matthews)

Spokane is a knockout in every season. Being a four-season destination means you get to see her in all her outfits. Unlike our counterpart, Seattle, we aren’t rainy and gray. On the contrary, we’re sunny, we get snow and cold, we get sun and heat, and in spring and fall, we get rain and color. 

With natural beauty comes excellent things to do outside. Top-notch skiing, snowboarding, Nordic track, and tubing are available at your choice of five different ski resorts. In summer, myriad lakes mean fishing and boating. Hikes in Riverside or Mount Spokane State Parks or perambulatory walks in Manito Park are best enjoyed with friends. No visit is complete without a stop in Riverfront Park

Urban Flair

Historic Davenport Hotel (Photo Credit: Autograph Collection GEGAK)

Beauty fades over time, but in this day and age, who hasn’t had a little work done? Spokane has, and, frankly, we think it looks incredible. Downtown Spokane is a perfect example of the dedication to renovation and repurposing over ripping down. Architecture buffs will find joy in the little details of 19th-century brickwork, Art Deco swirls or the brutalist lines of Mid Century modern. Be sure to do the self-guided historic building tour. The brochure is free. Nestled inside those buildings are shops to explore, restaurants to try, tasting rooms and breweries. Don’t forget the Historic Davenport Hotel. It’s the piece de la resistance in Spokane’s history. 

Food

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Purgatory – Whiskey Bar & Craft Beer (Photo Credit: VIsit Spokane)

Spokane has taste. It’s evident in its restaurants, and James Beard-award nominated chefs. It’s clear by the number of craft breweries and wineries. Its fresh farmer’s markets are proof of an agricultural mecca. It’s the wild ingredients, Steelhead salmon and huckleberries, that seal the deal. When COVID is over, and indoor dining reaches its stride, be sure to explore the culinary side of Spokane. 

Arts & Culture

Mobius Discovery Center (Photo Credit: Aaron Theisen)

Spokane may not be a vast city, but it has a nice little collection of museums and art galleries. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, which means it always has an exhibit guaranteed to pique your interest. Visit between March 20 and September 5, 2022 to see the DreamWorks Animation: Journey from Sketch to Screen exhibit. Spokane will be the first US city to ever host. If you have children or consider yourself a child, Mobius Discovery Center is a perfect spot to go. At Gonzaga University’s centrally located campus, the Jundt Art Museum and the Bing Crosby Museum give you quality art and quality time with one of the world’s most famous crooners. The best part: they’re both free. In nearby Spokane Valley, discover the Historic Museum of Flight and Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Performing Arts

Martin Woldson Theater (Photo Credit: Visit Spokane)

Live music. Broadway. Symphony. Arena concerts. Yes, friends, these things exist in Spokane. From indie concerts at Lucky You Lounge to Best of Broadway to the Spokane Symphony at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox to Garth Brooks in the Spokane Arena, it’s all there.

Sports

The Kennel, one of college basketball’s rowdiest fan sections, belongs to the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
(Photo Credit: Libby Kamrowski // Visit Spokane)

If you’re in Spokane, you’re in the home of Gonzaga University’s lauded basketball team. Hello, it’s the #1 team in the country! No matter your allegiance, you have to have mad respect for Mark Few’s successful program. The game tickets are the toughest in town to find but don’t worry, you have other teams to watch. College hoops aside, there’s college football, minor league hockey, minor league baseball and arena football.

Perfect match

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Monroe Street Bridge (Photo Credit Ben Matthews)

Discover Spokane! It’s a city that offers the chance to get off the main highway and find surprises around every bend. It provides an opportunity to explore small city America with your entire family. It’s a place that hasn’t fallen under the cold, shiny spell of high rise glass and steel or $25 martinis. It’s a place with charm and personality and affordability. It’s a city with a story. After all, gritty is the new pretty.

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