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Spokane Highlights

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     Great weather and plenty of outdoor type fun! 

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     Not Many Sunny Days 

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     Maybe you have to live in a small town to understand that one.... 

Spokane Things to Do

  • Riverfront Park--General Information

    Riverfront Park occupies 100 acres of land and water in the heart of Downtown on the site of Expo '74 (the World's Fair.) The park itself is free, but some of the attractions within it have admission fees. Visitors can walk along the river, look at the falls, feed the ducks, admire sculptures, picnic on the grass, or watch children slide down the...

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  • Your City Bites - Spokane Food Tour

    You think you know the city, know the food, know the people and culture. Throw it all out of the window because this food tour served us up some humble pie (metaphorically). We went on one of their trial run tours as it's a new concept in Spokane. The guide told us it was adapted after some food tours the owner went on in a few major...

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  • Pig Out in the Park

    No fancy names for this annual event! Pig Out is descriptive—tons of food of every sort, prepared and served in Riverfront Park by local restaurants. There are usually 40-50 food booths, with nothing costing over $9.00 (2011). There are beer gardens for the adults, and live entertainment the whole time—about 50 bands, ranging from rock to country...

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Spokane Restaurants

  • Lions and Elephants, Oh, My!

    This is a great place for lunch—the décor is fun, and they have 5 lunch specials--mostly sandwiches--that are just $5 each. (They also have a more extensive regular menu.) After you eat your meal, they will bring out the $2 dessert tray, and they are irresistible. Each creamy dessert is served in a small glass, and I haven’t managed to pick a...

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  • Mom & Pop Mexican

    Hacienda Las Flores is a family-run restaurant east of downtown. It isn't anything fancy, but the food is very good. The owners will be in there working, and the baby might be tucked into a corner. If you find yourself in this neighborhood, it's worth a try.

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  • Self-Serve Yogurt

    Froyo Earth is a self-serve frozen yogurt place. They have 8-10 flavors of frozen yogurt and 2 sorbets, plus about 20 toppings--everything from hot fudge to cereal; fresh fruit to crushed cookies and candies. You get a paper bowl, fill it with whatever flavors and toppings you want, and place it on a scale. It costs 39¢ per ounce (with a discount...

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Spokane Nightlife

  • Flamin' Joes Wings - Pub Trivia - Fun...

    My wife and I were staying at the Comfort Inn on North Division (near the Costco). We were hungry, so we went next door to a place called Flaming Joes. Man, were we surprised! The place had a firefighter theme with plenty of chrome diamond plate. The hot wings (the specialty of the house) were great. There is a huge list of sauces, with various...

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  • Downtown Clubs

    Currently this is about the best club in Spokane. It has a coyote ugly theme with the girls dancing on the bars about every 30 minutes. The club is divided into two sections. One side has pool tables and places to sit and have a drink. The other side has dancing and a bull to ride. I don't know of any dress code that is enforced

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  • Live Jazz Music

    Ella's Supper Club is a restaurant and lounge featuring live jazz music and good food. You can go early in the afternoon for appetizers and drinks during happy hour, or stay for dinner and live jazz music later in the evening. The walls feature portraits of famous jazz musicians. One is of Nora Jones, who I'm told did an impromptu performance at...

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Spokane Transportation

  • Rent a Car

    You can get to Spokane by car, airplane, bus, or train. However once you are here if you want to get around easily you will need a car. Unless you are here for business and will just need to be in the downtown area. If this is the case there is no need to rent a car, everything you need is downtown Spokane.

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  • The Gondola

    Want to get closer to the falls? Take the Gondola; I did not have a chance to ride the Gondola as I ran out of time. The booth to buy the ticket and depart is in the southwest corner of Riverfront Park. The ride is 15 minutes and the capsules are ADA compliant.The Gondola operates on a somewhat unpredictable schedule for a current schedule click on...

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  • Spokane International Airport

    Spokane International Airport(GEG) is very easy to get around in. It is serviced by ten airlines including Southwest, United, Delta, and Alaska as far as major carriers.It is the second largest airport in Washington and considered a small hub by the FAA.

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Spokane Shopping

  • Local produce, etc.

    Spokane now has a nice indoor market with a number of vendors selling fresh produce, meats and cheeses, baked goods, crafts, and ready-to-eat treats. Their website has a list of vendors and what they sell. Parking is available at Second and Browne for $1, but is free with purchase at the Market. At present, open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6...

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  • The best Gourmet Chocolate I have EVER...

    While traveling to Spokane, WA there are many places to visit and see. One of the most interesting and historic places to visit is The Flour Mill, located behind the Spokane Arena near Downtown Spokane.The Flour Mill is a collection of various shops selling all sorts of wonderful things, but the one place I enjoyed the most was Chocolate...

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  • Lots of "Stuff"

    The original store is on North Division St., not far from downtown. It was here before I moved to this area 40 years ago. They opened another one in Spokane Valley some years later. They are both stuffed full and jumbled, but fun to poke around in.They have hunting, fishing & camping gear, and a lot of other things also. There is a large selection...

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Spokane Local Customs

  • A bit of history

    Spokane Falls and the surrounding land was a gathering place and fishing site for Native American people. Pioneers settled here in the late 1800's. The railroad industry fueled the city's growth and rail yards covered Havermale Island, the present site of Riverfront Park. In preparation for Expo '74, the Spokane River was cleaned up, the rail yards...

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  • The Skywalk system

    Spokane is has one of the largest networks of skywalks in the United States. You can walk for many downtown blocks in this system without ever being exposed to the elements or waiting for a light at a crosswalk down at street level..Construction on this expanse of sky bridges began in the 1960's connecting a new parking structure, the Parkade, with...

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  • Warsh-ingtonian Accent

    One thing you might pick up on is that Eastern Washingtonians have an accent. It's basically a standard American accent with a drawl and lots of mis-pronounced words thrown in. The most distinctive and amusing part of the accent is the pronunciation of "wash" as "warsh". For example, someone from Spokane might say "I need to warsh the car" or "I'm...

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Spokane Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown uneasy/unsafe

    Grew up in Spokane taking the STA to high school every day dealing with the plaza (about 7-8 yrs. ago) Went downtown recently to walk around check out, did not feel safe. There are ALOT of street kids and shady people blocking side walks and giving shoppers uneasy feeling. Wouldn't go downtown alone anymore like I did when I was in school. I...

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  • Poor City Planning

    If you are new to the area, you might want to keep a map in your car. The city is technically designed so that Division marks the change between East and West streets, while Sprague marks the division between South and North streets. You would think you could navigate easily to any destination once you understand this simple concept. You would also...

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  • The Big Easy

    Do NOT visit The Big Easy concert house, even though they bring in a lot of good entertainment. They will take your money and evict you from their facility for the most ridiculous reasons. I know of numerous folks who have been kicked out of the facility for standing in the wrong place, leaning on the rail, dancing and carrying their drink into the...

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Spokane Tourist Traps

  • by Shadownlite Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    There is not much nightlife in Spokane. Everything pretty much closes at 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. except the bars...where they charge you huge amounts of money for drinks while bad music or bands play or Dempsey's (the gay bar). If you are looking for a good dance club...there are none...and if you don't like the bar scene...your out of luck.

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Spokane What to Pack

  • Bring Sunscreen

    If you are planning to come in the summer you will need sunscreen. Even though most people think Spokane would be like Seattle (rainy, cold), this is untrue for the summer months. The temperatures will be in the high 80s, 90s, and sometimes 100s.

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  • Packing List

    Take anything you usually would when it comes to bags. In the winter: warm clothing....it snows here and can get as cold as -30 (C). In the spring and fall: it rains a lot and can be chilly. Bring a warm jacket with you.In summer: it can be very hot (40 C) so bring clothes for warm climates...but bring some clothing for cooler days because it...

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Spokane Off The Beaten Path

  • Dishman Hills Natural Area

    Dishman Hills is a beautiful wildlife preservation located in the Spokane Valley area. It covers a very large area and has many wonderful hiking trails that can give you many different views of the Spokane area. Great place for back packers, hikers, and out door enthusiasts. It has two ponds with lots of wildlife around them, deep forest thickets,...

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  • Spokane's Best Coffee

    The Shop at 9th and Perry. But it's more than Just a Another Coffee House. On Saturdays, during the summer, there's the free movie in the parking lot (bring your own chair). Every month features works by a different artist. The staff is super friendly and efficient. UPDATE: Now Serving Lunch, as well as the yummy bagels for breakfast.

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  • Spokane House Interpretive Center

    Spokane House was a fur trading post founded in 1810 by the British-Canadian North West Company under direction of David Thompson. The post was sited where the Spokane River and Little Spokane River meet, and it housed several fur trappers and traders for many years.When established it was the North West Company's farthest outpost in the Columbia...

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Spokane Sports & Outdoors

  • 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...

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  • 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(509) 238-2220www.mtspokane.com49 Degrees North, in Chewelah, WA - 1 hour north of Spokane(866) 376-4949www.ski49n.comSchweitzer Mountain, in Sandpoint, ID - 1 1/2 hours from Spokane(800) 831-8810www.schweitzer.comSilver...

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  • 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...

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Spokane Favorites

  • The Inlander

    The Inlander is a free weekly paper that comes out on Thursday. It is your best source of what is going on in Spokane on any given day. It lists all the music venues and who is playing in each of them during the weekend and coming week. You will also find listings of special events, plays, concerts, movies, etc.Stacks of the Inlander are placed in...

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  • Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors’...

    Pick up a free copy of the 100-page Spokane Regional Visitors’ Guide. It has information on outdoor recreation (skiing, mountain biking, hiking trails, golf, river rafting), parks, restaurants, children’s activities, and special events.The hours of operation are weekdays 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm201 W. Main (Main and...

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  • Spokane Area Information

    Use the forums on InsideSpokane.com to ask questions about Spokane before you visit. Also you will find a lot of info in the business website directory, restaruarant guides, and other features...http://www.insidespokane.com

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