Spokane, Washington is the forgotten city of the Pacific Northwest.
As I discovered last summer in Albany, New York, sometimes it's the unsung hero towns that give you the best memories.
Spokane is an excellent gateway to the northwest Rockies, Glacier National Park, the Colombia Valley Wine Region, and even the Canadian Rockies. It's got a few attractions of its own and you wouldn't regret spending a few days there, especially if you love the great outdoors.
What you may already know about Spokane is that it offers incredible access to the great outdoors: downhill skiing, white-water rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and more.
Here are 12 things you probably didn't know about Spokane:
- Spokane is the smallest city to host a World's Fair.
- Spokane is the home of Bing Crosby.
- More than ½ of the buildings in downtown Spokane are on the Historic Register, including the Art Deco Fox Theater.
- Spokane has the 2nd Largest Urban Waterfall in the United States.
- Spokane is within a one-hour drive of 76 lakes, including the gorgeous Lake Coeur d'Alene, as well as dozens of rivers.
- Spokane is the birthplace of Father's Day.
- Spokane region is home to more than twenty wineries including the urban Barrister Winery and nearby Townshend Cellar.
- Spokane holds the world's largest timed footrace, Lilac Bloomsday Run
- Spokane is home of Gonzaga University.
- Spokane hosts the world's largest 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.
- Spokane is home to the famed Kirtland Cutter designed Davenport Hotel.
- Spokane accesses the Centennial Trial-a 37-mile path stretching from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, WA, built for walking, running, skating, or biking.