If you are on a tour of Washington State, then do not forget to visit the 2nd largest city of the state called Spokane. This city is along the Spokane River in Eastern Washington. Spokane is about 20 miles from Washington-Idaho border and 92 miles of the Canada-US border on the southern side. Its official nickname is “Lilac City”.
Spokane is the seat of Spokane County and the cultural and economic center of Spokane Metropolitan Area. This is the home to some of the beautiful parks, museums, waterfalls and offers plenty of activities for the entire family.
The following are some of the interesting things that you can do when visiting Spokane, Washington.
- Spokane Falls
This waterfall adds beauty and attraction to Spokane. It is located in the central business district of Spokane. It is divided into two parts the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls. The Upper Falls is where the Upper falls dam is located and it was built in 1920. The Monroe Street dam is located in the Lower Falls and was built in 1890.
- John A. Finch Arboretum
This 65-acre arboretum is located on the Sunset Hill on the side of the Garden Springs Creek. There are over 2,000 different types of shrubs and trees featured in this arboretum. It was founded in 1949. This place is known for the maples and the conifer trees. There are events and activities held here all around the year.
Address: 3404 West Woodland Boulevard, Spokane, Washington.
- Riverside State Park
This is the largest state park in Washington. It is located about nine miles northwest of Spokane. It is a vast area that houses 1,500 acres of Little Spokane River Natural Area, the Bowl and the Pitcher as well as a 600-acre Nine Mile recreation area. Some of the activities that you can take part in this park are kayaking, bird watching, biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, etc.
- Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
This museum is located in the Browne’s neighborhood of Spokane. It has a wide collection of the arts, artifacts and items related to the history of Native American Indian culture and other cultures of America.
Address: 2316 West First Avenue, Spokane, Washington.