Follow the Trail
The Spokane Centennial Trail is a paved pathway for walking, biking and skating. It runs for 37 miles, from west of Spokane to the Idaho border, mostly along the Spokane River. (And then it becomes the North Idaho Centennial Trail and continues for another 23 miles.)
There are a also few points along the trail with river access for kayaking or canoeing
Maps of the Trail, showing access points, parking areas and restrooms, are available from the Friends of the Centennial Trail. Phone and website below are for Washington.
Idaho contact information: www.northidahocentennialtrail.org
Note: Lock your car and don't leave your valuables in sight
- Hiking and Walking
- Water Sports
A Choice of Ski Hills
There are 5 ski resorts close enough to be a day trip from Spokane:
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park - 45 minutes NE of Spokane
49 Degrees North, in Chewelah, WA - 1 hour north of Spokane
Schweitzer Mountain, in Sandpoint, ID - 1 1/2 hours from Spokane
Silver Mountain Resort, in Kellogg, ID - 75 miles east of Spokane
Lookout Pass Ski Area, at the Idaho/Montana border - 90 miles east of Spokane
- Skiing and Boarding
Bringing a Bike? Join in Sept Events
The Spokefest event offers a choice of two routes: The 21-mile route is a loop that covers some of Spokane’s most beautiful riding; the 1-mile loop runs through Riverfront Park and is perfect for families, young riders and those wanting to stay in the urban park. Riders get a t-shirt and a water bottle. After the ride, there will be musical entertainment and a bike rodeo.
Adult 13 or older - $12
Youth 12 or younger - $8
Tour des Lacs
A Cycling Tour from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene, ID and back. This is a 2-day tour, with a variety of routes to choose from, a boat cruise, and an overnight in Coeur d’Alene.
Both are held in September. Check their web sites for dates.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game ...
Catch the Spokane Indians baseball team at a home game in the summer. They were the Northwest League Champions in 2008. Games are played in Avista Stadium, Game time - 6:30
Tickets: Box - $10; Bench - $6.
Purchase single tickets on-line from from Tickets West – (ticketswest.com)
The Indians have a player development contract with the Texas Rangers.
- Family Travel
Spokane Shock is an AF2 team that started playing in 2006, and they are doing really well. They won the Arena Cup in 2006 (their first season) and again in 2009.
Home games are played in the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon St.
To purchase single game tickets, contact Tickets West – 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com
Hoopfest - Annual Basketball Tournament (June)
Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament of its kind in the world. It has been an annual event here for 20 years. Over 6,400 teams and 25,000 players compete in Hoopfest, and they come in from 42 states. All ages and skill levels can take part.
It takes over 400 courts to house the 13,000 games. The downtown area is full of basketball hoops for blocks and blocks.
The tournament is held in late June each year.
Register on-line @ 6 wks ahead.
The Entry fee = $100-160 per team. (Raises $$ for charity.)
Public Golf Courses--City of Spokane
There are four city-owned golf courses less than ten minutes from downtown Spokane:
4304 W. West Drive, Spokane, Washington
Indian Canyon was designed in 1930 by H. Chandler Egan and opened for play in 1935. Indian Canyon has been chosen by Golf Digest as one of the top 25 public course in the United States, and it has hosted many major tournaments. Built on a canyon wall with a vertical drop of 240 feet, it offers a unique playing environment.
3933 East Courtland, Spokane, Washington
Esmeralda offers open space and flat fairways lined with over 2,000 trees. Esmeralda's layout lends itself to all levels of golfing skills.
301 E. Meadowlane Road, Spokane, Washington
The Creek at Qualchan is Spokane's newest golf course. Qualchan is located in a natural setting, a sanctuary for many species of birds and wildlife.
3225 Columbia Circle, Spokane, Washington
Downriver Golf Course is a layout that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. Downriver is one of the oldest golf courses in the Spokane area built in 1916. The golf course is heavily treed and lies along the Spokane River and is bordered by Riverside State Park.
Spokane's golf season is April 15 to Labor Day.
2009 rates, All courses:
18 Holes Monday - Thursday $25 ($27 at Indian Canyon)
18 Holes Friday - Sunday/Holidays $29
9 Holes Monday - Thursday $19
9 Holes Friday - Sunday/Holidays $29
9 or 18 Hole Junior Rate $12 M-Th, $22 Fri-Sun/
And Still MORE golf courses...
A few more golf courses near the City of Spokane:
Deer Park Golf Club (25 mi.)
1205A N. Country Club Drive
Deer Park, WA 99006
Sun Dance Golf Course (7 mi.)
9725 N Nine Mile Rd., Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026
Wandermere Golf Course (10 mi.)
13700 N. Wandermere Rd.
located north of Spokane Washington off Highway 395.
Trailhead Golf Course (17 mi.)
9-Hole Golf Course owned by the City of Liberty Lake
1102 N Liberty Lake Road, Liberty Lake, WA
Public Golf Courses--Spokane County
There are three county-owned courses. Two of them are in Liberty Lake, about 15 mi. from downtown Spokane; Hangman is south of town, about 10 miles.
Hangman Valley Golf Course
2210 E. Hangman Valley Rd., Spokane, WA 99223-9572
Phone: (509) 448-1212
From I-90 take exit #279 and head south onto 195 (Pullman Colfax Highway). Travel south 4.5 miles to Hatch Road. Turn left (east) and go 2 tenths of a mile. Turn right (south) on Hangman Valley Rd. and travel 4.5 miles. The course will be on your right.
MeadowWood Golf Course
24501 E. Valleyway Avenue, Liberty Lake, WA 99019-9678
Phone: (509) 255-9539
From I-90 take exit #296 and continue to Liberty Lake Drive. Turn right and continue to Country Vista Blvd. Turn left (east) and continue to Molter. Turn right (south) and continue to Valley Way. Turn left (east) and continue 1 mile to clubhouse. Golf course is on the left.
Liberty Lake Golf Course
24403 E. Sprague Avenue, Liberty Lake, WA 99019-9653
Phone: (509) 255-6233
From Spokane take I-90 east to the Liberty Lake exit. Take Liberty Lake Road south to Sprague Avenue and take a left. Follow Sprague approximately 1 mile. Golf course is on the left. (Closed for renovation now, but expected to open in Spring, 2010.)
Bloomsday: 12K footrace
Bloomsday is held every May at the very first weekend of this month. It is a 12 k footrace that has both "elite" runners (from all over the world) and the average person walking/running the course.
It draws people from everywhere...and is the kick off to Spokane's Lilac Festival. All runners who complete the course get a t-shirt and it costs very little to enter.
Equipment: Running gear...though many local people will dress up in strange costumes to run the course.
Spokane Chiefs Hockey
Spokane Chiefs Hockey played in the impressive Spokane Arena is a fun way to spend an evening.
The team plays in the Western Hockey League and has a good fan base. Call 509 325 PUCK for ticket info.
Equipment: Chiefs Hockey Jerseys are sold at the Arena.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel