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Spokane is a city in Washington state, roughly 20 miles from the Washington/Idaho border, centered around the Spokane River. It is known for being the birthplace of Father’s Day, and its official nickname is the “Lilac City�. The whole region is served by the Spokane International Airport. Based on the most recent census in 2010, it is estimated that Spokane had 217,300 people living in it in 2017, making it the second largest city in Washington, and the 101st largest city in the United States.



Spokane was founded in 1873 by James Nettle Glover and it was originally just a small settlement known as Spokan Falls (the “E” was added to Spokan in 1883, making the city known as Spokane Falls and in 1891, Falls’ was dropped). Eastern Washington’s natural resources, such as the fertile soil, timber, and mining opportunities- eventually attracted more settlers to the area. Spokane County was designated by the legislature in 1879 and Spokane Falls was decided to be the county seat in 1881. In 1889, the Pacific Northwest experienced catastrophic fires, and Spokane Falls, Seattle, and Ellensburg were destroyed by disastrous. Spokane responded to the Great Fire of 1889 (which had destroyed 32 blocks of the central portion of the city) by rebuilding immediately, and in a far grander manner of brick, stone and terra cotta. The Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1881 and transformed Spokane when it was connected transcontinentally in 1883. Later in that same year, gold was discovered in Coeur d’Alene mines and the resulting rush of miners established Spokane as the service center for the north Idaho mines. Spokane was adopted as the center of commerce for the area, and it became the main gate to the Pacific Northwest, establishing the Inland Empire which stretched from Oregon’s Blue Mountains to southern British Columbia, from the Cascades to the Rockies. Spokane was shown as the center, or Imperial City, of the Inland Empire. Empowered by money made in the Idaho mines, funders quickly helped rebuild the city following the 1889 fires. In 1914-15 an effort to eliminate traffic problems downtown resulted in having the Pacific Railroad tracks elevated off the ground. Railroads shaped Spokane more than any other force and made Spokane the hub of the Inland Northwest, bringing new citizens and transporting the wealth of the region out into the rest of the country.


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Consisting of 90 acres of public land, Manito Park and Botanical Gardens was created in 1904. Until 1932, the park actually was a zoo, which was shut down due to the Great Depression. Some signs of this zoo still remain, such as an iron bar projecting from a rock that marks the historical location of the bear cages. Manito contains two play structures, pavilions, a duck pond, a conservatory, and a plethora of gardens, and is a very popular destination all year around.

The arboretum was formed in 1949 beside Garden Springs Creek, and currently contains about 2,000 tree and shrub species, including 65 clusters of lilacs, as well as a grove of rhododendron, conifer and maple collections, and a nature trail. The arboretum lies in a narrow valley running southwest-to-northeast created by the creek. I-90 and the Sunset Highway, which descend into Spokane from the Columbia Plateau, respectively form the southern and northern borders of the park.

Riverside State Park was formed by multiple gifts of land in 1933 and 1934 and was developed by the Civillian Conservation Corps. Their work is evident in the suspension bridge, restroom, rock walls, and the majority of the trails of the park. Riverside State Park is also home to a portion of the Centennial Trail. The park features areas for camping, fishing, swimming, bird/wildlife watching, hiking, and rock climbing.

Spokane and the surrounding region feature dozens of trails that can be used for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Some excellent hiking locations are Iller/Stevens Creek, Palisades Park, the Liberty Lake Loop, Bowl and Pitcher, Deep Creek Canyon, and Mt. Kit Carson Trail.


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Spokane’s location, between the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, protects it from weather that plagues other parts of the Pacific Northwest. The Cascade Mountains form a barrier to the flow of moist and relatively mild air from the Pacific Ocean in winter and cool air The area typically has a hot, arid climate during the in summer.As a result of the rain shadow effect of the summer months, surrounded by short spring and fall Cascades, the Spokane area has 16.5 inches average seasons. Usually, July and August are equally warm, and annual precipitation, less than half of Seattle’s 37 inches. the coolest month is December; July averages 69.5 °F, Most precipitation occurs in December, and summer is while December averages 27.5 °F. The record high and the driest time of the year. The Rockies protect Spokane low of the region are 108 °F and −30 °F, but temperatures from some of the winter season’s coldest air moving of more than 100 °F or less than −10 °F are rare.Tempera- southward across Canada. tures above 90 °F occur an average of 19 days throughout the year, temperatures above 100 °F occur an average of only 1 day annually, and those below 0 °F average 3.5 days a year. Spokane has a dry summer and sometimes even classified as a warm-summer Mediterranean climate because the average temperature for the coldest month is just over 26.6 °



The Spokane metropolitan area consists of Spokane County. As of the 2013 census estimates, the Spokane metropolitan area had a population of 535,724. East of Spokane is the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which contains Kootenai County, Idaho, anchored by the city of Coeur d’Alene. These urban areas largely follow the path of Interstate 90 between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. The Spokane area has suffered from suburbanization and urban sprawl in past decades, despite Washington’s use of urban growth boundaries; the city ranks low among major Northwest cities in population density and smart growth. The Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Areas are now included in a single Combined Statistical Area by the Office of Management and Budget. The Spokane–Coeur d’Alene area had around 698,170 residents in 2015.


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With a wide array of evironments to explore and sights to see, the Spokane Area holds some fantastic places to camp, both on and off the beaten path. Whether you’re looking for a place to pitch a tent along a body of water, or rent a cabin for a couple of nights, or just park your RV until you’re ready to move on, the Spokane area has what you’re searching for. If you are looking for a well established (though potentially crowded) campground, there is no better place than Riverside State Park, which, as it’s name implies, is centered around the Spokane River. If bushwhacking is more your style, a short drive to Liberty Lake will bring you to a lush forest surrounding the lake, with a few prominent hiking trails. Diverge from the path and you can set up camp in truly wild territory. Just keep an eye and ear out for bears and mountain lions! If you are looking for a well established (though potentially crowded) campground, there is no better place than Riverside State Park, which, as it’s name implies, is centered around the Spokane River. If bushwhacking is more your style, a short drive to Liberty Lake will bring you to a lush forest surrounding the lake, with a few prominent hiking trails. Diverge from the path and you can set up camp in truly wild territory. Just keep an eye and ear out for bears and mountain lions!



Eastern Washington and Spokane have some really fun mountain bike trails, with easy access from the city, as well as long and adventurous cross country epics. This variety of trails rounds out the myriad recreation options available in Spokane. The largest system of mountain bike trails in Spokane is the Beacon Hill Mountain Bike Park. The trails here offer awesome variety, from jump lines to cross country flow. Farther north, but still located in eastern Washington, is the Kettle Crest area, which offers more than 110 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. Wondering where to mountain bike in eastern Washington and Spokane? Check out these two awesome areas.


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Hiking With so many paths from which to choose, how do you decide? Luckily, many hikes in the area will accommodate all types of boot-clad bipeds, from the casual walker looking to fill their lungs with fresh air to the rugged enthusiast who loves to sweat while scrambling over shifty rocks. Head for the Iller Creek Trailhead and head east up the switchbacks. If you’re there early enough, you might spot grazing deer, striding turkeys, or even a moose (remember to keep a safe distance from all wildlife)! Depending on the season, the trees could be reflecting myriad greens along your hike in the spring and summer, or a marbled effect of vibrant reds and yellows in the fall. When you find yourself in an open area with few trees, look up: hikers frequently report spotting bald eagles soaring the skies overhead. After two and a half miles, you’ll arrive at the Rocks of Sharon, a geologic playground with spectacular views of the quaint fields and farming towns all around. By the time you head down the western portion of the loop, you’ll appreciate the shade on this section of the trail. If you want more of a guarantee for seeing regional wildlife like elk, badger, and all sorts of wonderful waterfowl, head to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge less than a half hour south of Spokane. There you can wander around miles of trails in the “Channeled Scabland”—a significant area once flooded numerous times by glacial melting. To the north of town, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs while hiking through Riverside State Park. Cross the swinging bridge at Bowl & Pitcher and enjoy the views of rushing rapids and all manner of basalt rock formations. If you’re outdoors for a break from city life or to pummel your muscles in some uphill hikes, you’ll find Spokane a perfect fit.



All year around, Spokane’s peaceful waters draw anglers in with the abundance of bass, trout, and whitefish. The area is rich with fishing holes, and whether you aim to do some fly fishing or if the more traditional rod and reel is more your style, Spokane has a place for you! For someone new to fly fishing, the ease of learning your first cast can determine if you ever come back for a second try, so let a guide make it as enjoyable as possible. A shop like ROW Adventure Center will take you out on a walk-and-wade tour to show you the basics. You’ll practice your forward and back casting until the action feels somewhat normal, and don’t worry about mistakes; we all start somewhere and those around you will feel just as silly at first. Donning thick rubber waders might not be the most fashionable thing you wear while in Spokane, but you’ll quickly appreciate their ability to keep you warm and dry while standing in the clear and chilly Coeur D’Alene River waters. Your guide will also show you where fish like to congregate, which is exactly where you’ll want to land your flies for the best chance of getting bites. It’s important to remember that fly fishing is about so much more than just casting and catching fish—it’s about being out in nature, so look around and enjoy everything Spokane has on display; you might spot more wildlife than what’s in the water! And once you do snag your first quarry? After reveling in the excitement, your guide will explain how to handle your specific catch. The lakes around Spokane are also great places to catch all types of fish from bass to trophy-sized tiger muskies. If you’d rather use your traditional rod-and-reel, head out to Lake Spokane, called Long Lake by locals, to the northwest of town or Newman Lake to the east. Whatever your skill level, there’s a fishing spot for you, though a local fishing shop will help in your search. Their intimate knowledge of water levels and which flies and bait work best for certain fish are your best bet for hooking a big one.


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in 1996 with 61,298 registered. The number of finishers in 2015 was 43,206. Lineth Chepkurui set an unofficial 12 km world record in the 2010 women’s race. Kardong had hoped for five hundred participants for the inaugural edition in 1977, and got nearly triple that. The second edition had over five thousand, and the third in 1979 was over ten thousand, with fifty thousand spectators lining the streets. The sixth edition in 1982 had over 22,000, and despite rain and some snow, there were over 30,000 in 1984. The early editions were around eight miles (13 km) in length. The Lilac Bloomsday Run, also known as Bloomsday, is an annual timed road race in the northwest United States, held on the first Sunday of May since 1977 in Spokane, Washington. The course length is roughly 7.5 miles. The run has had over 40,000 participants every year since 1986, and peaked 22 years ago


Hoopfest is an annual outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament held in downtown Spokane, Washington. It is the largest event of its kind in the world, as it drew 27,876 players on 7,046 teams in 2011. It began in 1990 with 2,009 players on 512 teams, and has grown to over 6,700 teams. It is estimated that around 175,000 fans visited the event in both 2010 and 2011 (and likely for many years before, although estimates had not been observed for previous years), meaning that the total number of people at Hoopfest could be measured at around 200,000 including players, fans, and volunteers. This number nearly equals Spokane’s 2010 Census population of 208,000.


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Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the western United States, located in Spokane, Washington. It is home to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. It was constructed to replace the aging Spokane Coliseum and to increase the capacity of events held at the location. It has room for over 12,000 people for concerts, shows, basketball games, hocky matches, and half-house shows. The Spokane Arena has featured local and national basketball games and tournaments, bull riding, figure skating, Arena Football, ice hockey, concerts, conventions, WWE, and shows such as “Disney on Ice” and “Walking With Dinosaurs”.


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Spokane Convention Center is the primary convention center in Spokane, Washington, in the northwest United States, and consists of two interconnected buildings along the south bank of the Spokane River in downtown Spokane. It is also adjacent to the INB Performing Arts Center opera house. Originally designed by the Walker, McGoughm Foltz & Lyerla architecture firm, the building was constructed between 1972 and 1974 and was constructd to be

the pavilion for Spokane’s Expo of 1974. After the fair ended, the pavilion was converted into a convention center. The Convention Center now has multiple facilities available for anyone to rent, and is home to many events year-round, such as tournaments, Comicon, and farmer’s markets.


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Stay a while, get a bite to eat... The DoubleTree is located beside the Spokane River and nearby to downtown Spokane, Riverfront Park, the Centennial Trail, the INB performing Arts Center, and Gonzaga University. It features an airport shuttle and in-house restaurants.

The historic Davenport Hotel is located in downtown Spokane and is named after it’s first proprietor, Louis Davenport. It was designed by Architect Kirtland Cutter in 1914 and was the first hotel in the United States with air conditioning, a vacuum system, pipe organ, and dividing doors in the ballrooms.

The Red Lion Hotel is situated across the Spokane River from Riverfront park and the INB Performing Arts and Convention Center. It features a free roundtrip airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi, onsite restaurants, free bike rentals, and a resort style outdoor pool and waterslide.


Anthony’s as Spokane Falls is in the center of downtown Spokane, located on the bank of the Spokane River and overlooking the upper falls. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and produce harvested in the Pacific Northwest. They serve both lunch and dinner daily.

Although not a local place like Ron’s, one of the many Zips, or Dick’s, Red Robin offers gourmet food at a fair price and excellent service. With locations downtown, Spokane valley, and North Division, there is always a Red Robin nearby if you need a hot date location or just crave a fancy burger.

The Melting Pot is located across the street from River Park Square mall and one street away from the Spokane River Falls, and offers a unique experience centered around the art of fondue. With many dining options open, The Melting Pot has seating available for families, romantic booths, a bar, and a banquet room for large gatherings.


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Spokane Nature Guide Book  

A simple guide for nature lovers who are looking for adventures in or around Spokane, WA.

Spokane Nature Guide Book  

A simple guide for nature lovers who are looking for adventures in or around Spokane, WA.