Get Away Without Going Far
You may not be able to travel as far and wide as you’re used to, but great escapes still await — just a short distance away. We are the Spokane Region. A beer-brewing, outdoor-adventure loving kind of a town, and we LOVE visitors. Whether your road-trippin’ adventure begins at our urban, raging waterfall (we thought every city had one—apparently not so much?), biking our nearly 40-mile paved urban-rural trail, or jumping on a paddle board bound for a riverside brewery, we’re certain to have something you’ll love, no matter your speed or taste. We’ve got tons of uncrowded adventures and wide-open spaces to explore. Ready to roam?
We want everyone to be happy and healthy during these socially-distanced times, so please check out SafeSpokane.com for the most up-to-date health and safety tourism guidelines. And don’t be surprised if some of our locals say hello with an “elbow bump”.
New Vistas are Calling You
Hop in your car or board a short flight to fresh, new vistas in and around Spokane. Experience our special urban surprises or wilderness encounters within sight of the city, with so many recreational opportunities and close-in natural wonders there is something (or even more things) for everyone.
Trip to the Falls
Spokane’s downtown is home to one of the biggest urban waterfalls in the nation. This incredible geologic and hydrologic feature is fringed by a beautiful park honoring the river’s Native heritage. You can also observe the pounding whitewater from a birds-eye view in one of Riverfront Park’s famed gondolas.See More about the falls
Take a Hike
Escape the crowds. Experience new vistas. There are lots of reasons to take a hike in Spokane’s backyard. We’ve got the largest State Park in Washington, plus tons of natural areas with hundreds of miles of trails. Flat tracks along the river. Climbs that will make your heart pound. From alpine forests to shrub-steppe scablands, Spokane is a hiker’s paradise.See More Hikes
Air up your tires and lube your chain. The trails, single tracks, climbs and descents around Spokane are ready. From family-friendly rides, to heinous rock-strewn downhills, there’s terrain for every rider and a biking community to support every need. Beacon Hill and Camp Sekani are two mountain biking destinations only 15-minutes from downtownSee More Biking
Get the Show on the Road
As the largest city of the Intermountain West, it’s fair to say that all roads lead to Spokane. But once you’re here, a more important question is where can those roads take you? Wonder no longer as we’ve put together a sampling of unique sites and experiences that can be discovered within a short drive of Spokane. Follow the compass needle in any direction and you’ll find something fun and interesting.
Ready for some adventure? Let’s get this show on the road.
North of Spokane there is a land of lakes. Highway 2 will get you to Bear Lake, Eloika Lake, Fan Lake, Sacheen Lake, and Diamond Lake. Highway 395 will bring you by Loon Lake, Deer Lake, Lake Gillette, and the granddaddy of all NW lakes, Lake Roosevelt. Set your GPS for H2O and you won’t be disappointed.
Forty miles south of Spokane on Highway 195 is the quaint, rural community of Rosalia. The “Gateway to the Palouse”, Rosalia features the Steptoe Battlefield State Park Heritage Site, commemorating a nearby 1858 battle between the U.S. Army and tribal warriors defending their lands.
Travel 17 miles east from Spokane and you’ll encounter Liberty Lake and its 3,591 acre Regional Park. The park boasts an 8.3 mile hiking trail around the lake, birdwatching, an ORV area and an cool, old growth cedar grove on Liberty Creek. The beauty of freedom and Liberty are closer than you think.
Just outside the town of Cheney, 21 miles from Spokane is the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Turnbull’s 16,000 acres of varied habitat, hiking trails and 5-mile vehicle loop features excellent birdwatching (over 200 species), fascinating geologic history, and the chance to see native deer, elk and moose.
Whether you want to escape to a secluded campsite for a night of stargazing, or a cozy B&B or comfortable hotel where the pampering is included—Spokane's got you covered.See More