Located on the Spokane River in eastern Washington State, 20 miles (32km) west of the Washington-Idaho border and 271 miles (436km) east of Seattle, Spokane (spo¿'kæn) is the second largest city in the state, with a population of about 200,000.
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Colourful, sunny and proud
The city’s name derives from the Native American tribe known as the Spokane, which means “Children of the Sun”. White explorers met this tribe for the first time at the Spokane Falls in 1810. The name is certainly appropriate, since the sun is said to shine in Spokane for 260 days each year. The fur trading post established at Spokane Falls in 1810 was the first long-term European settlement in Washington State.
Modern Spokane City is a fast growing commercial and administrative centre of Spokane County. It is a high-spirited town, thriving on the spectacular nature of the region, tourism and almost endless possibilities for outdoor recreation, sport and adventure in both summer and winter. The city itself has much to offer a flourishing art scene, powerful stage performances, live concerts, world-class museums and art galleries.
Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, golfers and wine lovers
Spokane is a veritable Mecca for those who love outdoor recreation in winter and summer be it water or winter sports, mounting climbing, hiking, biking or longer exploratory trips in the Cabinet Mountains or the western regions of the Rocky Mountains. Glacier National Park is just four hours away from Spokane, Mt. Rainier National Park is four and a half hours away, and U.S. Yellowstone National Park is less than an eight-hour drive away.
Spokane is a golfer’s paradise, with 33 fabulous golf courses set in beautiful scenery. Many of these are quite challenging, offering golfers ample opportunity to test their skills. For wine enthusiasts, it’s almost mandatory to visit one of the wineries in the Spokane Region and discover the products of some of the country’s finest winemakers. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Good to know
Airport: Spokane International Airport (GEG), the second largest airport in Washington State, is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Spokane.
Want to dine? For great seafood, go to Anthony’s Restaurant on North Lincoln Street. The Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar at 9211 East Montgomery is ideal for classy dining in an elegant setting. Lovers of spicy food might drop in at the Azteca Mexican Restaurant at 245 West Spokane Falls Boulevard. The Catacombs Pub, located in the cellar of the historic Montvale Hotel at 110 Monroe Street, has received rave reviews for its European cuisine.
Want to shop? Like other American cities, Spokane is an ideal place for shopping. You’ll find unique boutiques, great malls and world-renowned department stores in Spokane. If you are bent on finding good bargains, go to the North Town Mall on North Division.