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Got Spokane on The Brain: Spokane, WA Travel Guide

Downtown Spokane Washington skyline and the Spokane River

It’s that special time when the holiday spirit goes into hibernation, and we move on to the new year.

Maybe you’ve spent the past few months wrapped up in festive planning and need a little getaway. What better way to kick off 2023 than visiting a place bounteous with nature and fresh air?

Spokane, Washington, is a place full of sights and wonders. Spokane itself means “children of the sun” and is named after the Spokane Tribe who were the first people to habitat its land.

Between Hoop Fest, Lilac Fest, and its annual foot races, Spokane has the wholesome air of a hallmark film that won’t let you think twice about missing those holidays.

Here are some fun Spokane things to do

Fall in love with the Spokane falls

This colossal waterfall goes right through downtown and into Huntington Park.

For the best view head towards the north end of Monroe Street Bridge to check out the lookout area. If you’re feeling adventurous take the Spokane Falls and downtown Skyride for unique scopes.

This waterfall is a sight for sore eyes and a fabulous escapade for a Spokane travel group.

Chairs along the Spokane River promenade in downtown Spokane Washington

Take a walk on the historic side at the Heritage Walk

If you’re looking for something on a budget and love to venture off on your own during tours this is the right fit for you and your bunch.

The heritage walk is a self-guided tour through East, West, and central Spokane. With this tour, you have the freedom of going where you want at whatever pace you’d like while getting the guided history of a tour guide.

Their website is easily accessible and gives you a map in order of where to start and stop your journey along with a history of each location.

Feel free to switch things up and change the order of the sites.

Get Gnar at Mount Spokane

Spokane is the right climate for clean powdery snow atop its remarkable mountains. Whether you’re an avid snowboarder/ skier or just starting, Spokane has a place for you.

Mount Spokane is a ski resort that is open 7 days a week and can be found an hour outside downtown Spokane.

This resort has ski runs for beginners as well as advanced riders.

The mountain has 52 runs and seven lifts and the resort has both group and personal training just in case you want to one-up your group with an extra one-on-one sesh.

The best times to go are between late November- early April, which makes right now the perfect time of year to book, make your reservation now!

Find out what makes Riverfront Park music to your ears

Located inside the park is the Spokane pavilion. This pavilion was originally a gift from the government and turned into an open-air venue.

This platform showcases views of Spokane’s skyline and sits at 40 ft tall.

The venue provides a variety of entertainment like Spokane’s HoopFest and concerts.

For more information on events, check out their website!

Explore the neighborhoods

Spokane is made up of several districts, and each unique area is worth a visit, but if you’re short on time or want an idea of each before you go, here’s a list of Spokane’s districts.

Spokane’s Perry District

Located south of downtown, this area consists of quirky shops and restaurants.

Browns addition

This area is close to downtown and is the oldest neighborhood in Washington, the district is good for its Victorian architecture and is also plentiful in restaurants.

Garland District

This location is centered around its 1940s movie theater, it has quite a few unique buildings and murals. If any of the sites looks familiar, it’s probably because this district has been showcased in a few feature films such as Berry and June, VisionQuest and Why Would I lie?

College area in Spokane, Washington

North Monroe Business District

This park of the city used to be a place for passersby on their way downtown and has since been renewed with a combination of old and new businesses.

Downtown Spokane

Here nature collides with urban living, this district is known for its architecture and art, and according to National Geographic has one of the country’s best city parks!

Kendall Yard

One of the city’s youngest districts is located on the north bank of the Spokane River. Named after the district’s railroad history, this part of town has a nice combination of condos, apartments, community gardens, and art.

Sprague Union District

This area was previously homage to abandoned storefronts and has since been resurrected into a nice spot to visit for dining and drinks.

University District

This is Spokane’s youngest district, which holds six universities and two med schools, the area is full of life and keeps developing.

Hillyard Historic Business District

This is the oldest district in Spokane and belongs to both Spokane and national historic registers. Here, you can find bars, stores, and entertainment.

Getting Around Spokane

Take your crew to Spokane on one of our charter buses and spend the day stopping into every district!

It’s time to catch that second, after-holiday-wind and gather some buddies for a Spokane group trip to see this wonderful city for yourself.

Plan your next getaway in a place that is as the people say, “near nature, near perfect”, the adventure awaits!

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