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a little history This delightful city was founded in 1873 by a man named James Nettle Glover, and was originally known as Spokan Falls. The “e” was added a few years later and the “Falls” dropped. Many people found themselves moving to Spokane because of it’s rich soil, timber, and mineral wealth. Others came to the area because of the gold found in Coeur d’Alene in 1883 and Spokane was established as the Idaho mines service center. 32 blocks of downtown Spokane was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1889, and the town moved to reconstruct immediately. They used elegant brick, stone, and terra cotta, which is still seen standing today - half of downtown Spokane is certified as hisoric! In 1909, Spokane’s population grew from 300 in 1880 to 100,000 - this included 14 millionaires, 23 public schools, and $14 million in new construction.
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Today, Spokane is known for industries including aerospace, health sciences, manufacturing, energy, agribusiness, wine and cider production, and craft beer.
spokane reviews “...all the modern conveniences and attractions of a bigger metropolitan area but on a smaller scale with no sacrifice to quality!” “It’s a city with a booming central cluster of universities, and ambitious, liveral young people.” “People are so friendly here it is a bit weird at first!” Reviews found on https://www. bestplaces.net and given by real people - just like you! Assuming you’re a real person... the existence of aliens has yet to be proven.. But even aliens would love the city of Spokane!
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locals As an “out-of-towner”, you may want to try and blend in with the Spokane locals. You might not care if you stand out, but it may be obvious that you aren’t a local if you don’t follow some simple ground rules. The locals of Spokane, Washington use vintage clothing to look more upscale, so pull out your high-rise jeans and Doc Marten’s before walking downtown. If you have a car, or are riding a bike, pay extra close attention to which streets are one way. There are a lot of them, and locals know where every single one is. If you turn down the wrong street, it’s obvious you’re not from around here. Spokane is known for having construction almost year-round. Look for the signs, and find other routes to get to your destination. Use the map a few pages earlier, or pull up your Google Maps app.
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If you’ve ever been in a big city, you might find it weird the first time a Spokanite waves to you.. but don’t worry, they’re not mistaking you for a friend, they’re just really friendly! You can wave back (and you should, if you want to fit in. At least smile). If you like beer, Spokane is known for having really great beer.. so don’t go into a bar boasting that the beer is better in Wherever-You’reFrom-Ville, because it is simply not true, and you’ll get told about it. If someone mentions Bloomsday, that’s a marathon. If they mention the Lilac Festival, that’s
a celebration for the armed forces. If they mention Hoopfest, that’s the biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, held here in Spokane every year! You don’t have to love being outdoors to visit Spokane, but once spring hits, expect Riverfront Park to be full of people picnicking, biking the Centennial Trail, and walking their furry friends! Take a walk through the city and enjoy the friendliness of the locals and all the street art found downtown.
“...you might find it weird the first time a Spokanite waves to you... You can wave back!”
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travel & hotels There are plenty of ways to get through the Lilac City (aka Spokane..). If you are coming from the airport and staying in a hotel, lots of hotels in Spokane offer a shuttle to and from the airport - for free! Call and ask your hotel if this is a provided amenity and get to your room hassle-free. When your stay is coming to a close, pack your bags and companions into the shuttle, and head right back to the airport in time for your flight home! Just like that.
ride the bus The Spokane Transity Authority has you set if you are looking for a cheap way to commute - as long as you have some extra time. Routes can be found at spokanetransit.com, and many of the buses have free wifi! You can also get a ticket to ride again for free later, but make sure to have correct change when you board the first coach!
call an uber car and bike If you prefer to drive yourself around the city and learn the fastest routes to your destination (with only yourself to blame for getting lost), there are also places to rent cars from, such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, or Goldenwest Mobility. Call ahead to find a rental agency close by! Many Spokanites like to ride their bikes, if the weather is nice. You might choose to rent one yourself, and can do so at Spoke’n Sport, The Bike Hub, or North Division Bicycle Shop. Make sure to
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Since it’s 2018, Spokane Uber is ready to pick you up from your bar-and-art crawl and deliver you safely to your hotel. While it may be a little pricier than the bus or a rental car, Uber is a safe and reliable travel choice.
catch a train When you decide to leave Spokane, there are a few options. Of course you can fly out in style, or locate the train station! Spokane Amtrak and Greyhound can take you to other cities like Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
travel resources Find your bus route and nearest stops at spokanetransit.com Call your hotel (listed in the next few pages) to learn if they have shuttles from the airport! Spokane International Airport: (509)455-6455 Rent-A-Car:(509)458-3340 Goldenwest:(509)484-3842 Spokeâ€™n Sport:(509)838-8842 The Bike Hub:(509)474-1260 North Division Bicycle Shop: (509)467-2453 Download Uber from your app store and get looking for rides through Spokane! Spokane Greyhound: (509)624-5251 Spokane Station: (509)872-7245
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travel & hotels
If you aren’t planning to stay with anyone you know while in Spokane, finding a hotel would probably be your first trip planning action. If it wasn’t, or you didn’t have this helpful guide yet, here are some hotels you might want to check out!
hotel ruby Hang out downtown in Hotel Ruby by Riverfront Park - enjoy plush beds and creative rooms, at a price that won’t hurt your wallet!
davenport tower Davenport Tower is located in the heart of the city, and welcomes its guests warmly. Eat in the Safari Room and get dessert sent up to you!
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Close to the park and local attractions, book a room at Red Lion at the Park! Inexpensive, and lacking none of the luxuries you may be looking for.
The Montvale 1005 W 1st Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 624-1518 Red Lion at the Park 303 W North River Drive Hotel Ruby 901 W 1st Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 747-1041 Davenport Tower 111 S Post Street
the montvale The Montvale is a historic boutique hotel located in Downtown Spokane. And they are pet friendly!
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travel & hotels Staying in a fancy hotel might cramp your style - so try airbnb or cabin rentals!
meet someone new Airbnb is a cheap way to stay for a few nights in a new city - and that way, you meet people immediately who will help you learn your surroundings and tell you their favorite places to go. You can find a “host family” who will offer you a spare room or two (and sometimes even a kitchen and extra bathroom!) and give you a different kind of lodging experience than you may be used to. Having a friendly face is so appreciated (even though everyone in Spokane is friendly) and you can choose your favorite room online at airbnb.com!
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cabin rentals Stay in a cabin or rent a vacation home near Spokane for as little as $37 a night! Browse for all the amenities youâ€™re hoping for, and choose a home that suits your needs. Some great websites to rent from (besides airbnb.com) are vrbo.com, hometogo. com, and homeaway.com. If you are hoping to get some more outdoors time to play your guitars and paint in the moonlight, there are plenty of areas around Spokane to pitch a tent. Try Spokane Creek Cabins and Campground, Riverside State Park, and Old American
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food & drink Everybody loves to eat! In Spokane, there are plenty of places to enjoy your favorite meals - from ramen, to Italian, to a cold glass of beer. Downtown is lousy with amazing restaurants and bars, and there’s no shortage of eateries in the Valley, South Hill, or North Spokane!
burgers If you are looking to eat a good burger at a fair price, try Dick’s Hamburgers, Wisconsinburger, Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, or Wolffy’s Hamburgers. You can also try Saranac Public for a wider variety, and it’s right next to a bonus room that doubles as a small art exhibit! Enjoy lunch, and then head into the Magic Lantern Theater for a movie.
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something else Other notable restaurants in Spokane are The Spaghetti Factory, Soulful Soups and Spirits, Iron Goat (which is said to have the greatest pizza), Blaze Pizza, and King of Ramen. Don’t feel bad if you don’t like any of these choices - head to Google and find some more of the great eateries Spokane has to offer!
a night out Sometimes you want to have a nicer night out, get dressed up, enjoy some recessed lighting and good food. On nights like this, try the Safari Room or Palm Court Grill, located downtown. Clinkerdaggers is conveniently set atop the Spokane River and provides beautiful ambience for your dinner out. Don’t forget to take pictures to show all your friends and family that, yes, you do clean up nicely.Be sure to take your wallet with you, hopefully nicely filled!
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food & drink a mature beverage Being part of the young-adult crowd means you may be looking for a place to relax, drink a beer or glass of wine, and enjoy being youthful. Spokane has plenty of bars and wineries - those are two of the cities main industries! Check the map on page two for locations of some great restaurants (identified with drink)! Enjoy yourselves and take some time to focus on your friendships - and getting home safely (call an Uber!).
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adult drink resources Ridler’s Piano Bar Steamplant Brewery Barrister Winery Arbor Crest Winery Baby Bar nYne Bar and Bistro Pinot’s Palette Painting with a Twist Iron Goat Satellite Diner and Lounge
for the artists If you are interested in painting with your wine, check out Pinot’s Palette and Painting with a Twist and enjoy your beverage in a group setting while painting with some friends!
Try a new drink - but don’t do more than you can handle. You are an adult (maybe), but everyone has limits, especially if you don’t know your way around.
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events & activities Being in the city puts everyone in the mood for some kind of show; whether it be Broadway, folk, or a rock concert, find it in Spokane! There are plenty of venues big and small to enjoy some music or drama.
performing arts The INB Performing Arts Center, located on West Spokane Falls Boulevard, is the premier entertainment venue in the city. Here you can see symphonies and Broadway style performances such as “Legally Blonde The Musical” and “Les Miserables” (that one is a classic!). Find tickets for your favorite shows on ticketmaster.com.
concerts There are so many places to go to concerts within Spokane city limits, and in the summer there are even concerts outside at Arbor Crest Winery in the Valley.
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the big screen
The Knitting Factory, right in the middle of Downtown Spokane, is a venue which houses all types of music - hip hop, rock, R&B, experimental jazz. dance culture. Thereâ€™s no limit to what you might find here, so check it out on knittingfactory.com. This venue started in New York City in 1987 and has grown to be one of the most comprehensive entertainment venues across the states.
Check out the Garland Theater to see all your favorite movies on the big screen. The Garland specializes in showing movies that have been out of theaters for a while, and tickets are very affordable.
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music and drinks A little bit smaller but with all the fun, The Bartlett is a live music venue with a bar where you can go to see small shows ranging from country, to jazz, to folk. If you happen to be a performer, The Bartlett also hosts open mic nights!
Check out bingcrosbytheater.com for all your performing arts needs! Movies, music, dance and more can be found in this gorgeous auditiorium.
a show at the fox Speaking of gorgeous auditoriums, have you heard of the Fox Theater? At foxtheaterspokane.com, you can find tickets for the Spokane Symphony, a family-friendly (and very talented) group of musicians!
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events & activities Here in the Lilac City, there are plenty of events happening year round for locals, visitors, and anyone who wants to participate!
oktoberfest Oktoberfest, a traditional German party, takes place in Spokane on the last weekend of September. These few days are full of entertainment, great food, activities for kids, weiner dog races, and of course, beer! Don’t miss the opening ceremonies!
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Visit Mica Moon Zip Tours to enjoy a ziplining experience over forests, valleys, glens and rivers. Zip Tours last around two and a half hours, and can give you a unique
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galleries & art shows Spokane has so much art, it’s hard to go anywhere and NOT see something creative. If your trip coincides with the first Friday of the month, check out the art walk in Spokane called First Fridays! This night every month hosts many new show openings, and you can often meet with artists and ask them about their work. It’s a great event to see a lot of new art at multiple different galleries all across town.
terrain Check out the Terrain Gallery - it isn’t open every day or all hours, but the shows they host are usually pretty radical. Every summer, they host a Bazaar to showcase local amateur artists, and in the fall put on a larger show for those
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who are a little more established in the art world.
more art Other galleries to check out are the Chase Gallery, located below Spokane’s City Hall building. Shows change every few months and are always worth seeing! The Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga Universitiy’s art hall, shows exhibitions of student work, along with other artists from around the world. There is also a growing permanent exhibit, and this gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10-4pm, and is always free.
museum visits The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is located in the beautiful neighborhood Browne’s Addition. This museum does have a small cover-charge, but is full of interesting information and exhibits. Look on northwestmuseum.org to see what’s currently showing.
some other notable galleries Brick Wall Photographic Gallery, 530 W Main Avenue Saranac Art Projects, 25 W Main Avenue Pottery Place Plus, 203 N Washington Street Avenue West Gallery, 907 W Boone Avenue Bozzi Gallery, 221 N Wall Street Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S Adams Street
Galleries are a great use of time, and allow you to see so many different kinds of art! Find inspiration all throughout Spokane, including the
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This is a guide to the city of Spokane! Enjoy, and come visit this exciting city.