Things Close Early
Be prepared for everything to close down at 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. except the bars and the 24 hour grocery stores and fast food resturants.
This means there is not much nightlife and if you want to go somewhere or to the stores....make sure to get it done in the afternoon or early evening.
Palouse Falls State Park
105 acre park. This place is incredible. I lived here for years before finding out about it, then couldn't believe I had missed out. Don't get me wrong, you don't wanna hop on a plane then drive to see Palouse Falls. However, if you're in this area, you won't believe what you DID discover when you DO drive to this place. For approx. 45 minutes you're driving toward this park looking at the flat....PALOUSE (as they call it around there). The Palouse is basically rolling, mid Washington state farmland. Then you get there and out of the blue, a mini Grand Canyon, with a beautiful 200 ft waterfall on one end, creating rainbows from the mist and a laid back park to view it from.
The park is open year-round for day use. Campground closed Sept. 22, reopens March 12.
Located 23 miles southeast of Washtucna, WA
From SR 261:
Drive 13.5 miles west of Starbuck, or 14.4 miles southwest of the SR 261 and SR 260 junction and take Palouse Falls Rd. east.
Riverfront Park--Tour Train
The 'Spokane Falls Northern Railway' makes a 40 minute loop through the park while
the conductor highlights points of interest and historical facts during your ride.
The train operates daily from early June until Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from Labor Day to sometime in October, from noon to 5 p.m.
Board the train at one of these four locations:
The S. Howard bridge (near the carrousel)
South of the Pavilion (on the hilltop)
The North Gate (park entrance)
Admission by day pass, or train ticket. Train Ticket price: $4.50/person
There are many natural areas all over Spokane and the surrounding area. It is a very "foresty" area. You may want to check out the surrounding areas where you will find many parks, places to go canoeing, hike along trails, and just enjoy nature. There is snow in the wintertime so most places are only accessiable during the Spring and Summer....and during the Fall it is hunting season so some areas are off limits.
Didnt Realize that this is a city size city
"Red Lion Inn and Riverside Thai Restaurant"
after a long and dull drive from Yakima to Spokane over uninteresting scenery that at times reminded me of a bit of the midwestern usa and the barren australian bush, reached spokane, only to realize that this is the second largest town in Washington and also the biggest town between Seattle and Minneapolis.. ah well..
the first impressions are good. Friendly staff at Red Lion Inn just near the river,a room with a view of the river, a lovely dinner at a thai restaurant near the riverwalk with a chef from udon thani in thailand, two glasses of local wine, ah well, life is a pleasant travel indeed..