At first glance, the traditionally conservative seat of Spokane County doesn't seem much of a tourist attraction. Aside from the fact that it is the commercial and economic hub of the Inland Northwest area, Spokane's only distinction is that it lies close to many tourist areas in the Seattle region and as such serves as the jumping off point for a slew of attractions in the neighboring locales. Oh yeah, here's another distinction: Spokane is the "Birthplace of Father's Day." But look closer and you'll notice that The Lilac City has something for everyone. In case you haven't noticed yet, Spokane spells fun!
Sights to See
Start your tour of the city by visiting the beautifully maintained Riverfront Park, site of the 1974 World Fair. West of Grand Boulevard and east of Bernard Street lies Manito Park. Revel in the beauty of the Rose Garden in the summer, meditate in the Japanese Garden and enjoy sledding in the winter. Basalt rock formations in the middle of the Spokane River known as the Riverside State Park Bowl and Pitcher is also another site worth checking out. The Broadview Dairy Museum and the Caterina Winery, Cat Tales Zoological Park and the Fort George Wright National Historical District should also be included in your itinerary. There are also museums to indulge your different interests: The Mobius Childrens Museum, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and the One of a Kind in the World Museum, with its eclectic collection of both the sublime and the ridiculous, should not be missed. If you're looking for a more active time in Spokane, you won't be disappointed. You can easily go golfing, biking, rafting or kayaking in or near town.
Food and Drinks
There are a wide range of culinary concoctions to be had in Spokane. Downtown Spokane is the culinary hub. Whether your taste buds call for Mexican, seafood or just plain ice cream, there's sure to be a restaurant to cater to your every craving. If you want a cool night out, there are pubs and taverns along Sprague in the Downtown area. Huckleberry's Natural Market has a wide variety of choices for those who want to shop for natural and vegetarian foods.
Shopaholics can certainly shop 'til they drop in Downtown Spokane. River Park Square hosts upscale stores, specialty stores, and a 20-screen movie theater. For beautiful and rare items, head to Wonders of the World located in the Flour Mill. Go to Boo Radley's for gifts. More shopping can also be had at the Northtown Mall located on the corner of Division and Wellesley.
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