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City Drive - Spokane's Self Guided Driving Tour

Enjoy Spokane’s natural beauty, historic neighborhoods and unique architecture along the scenic Spokane City Drive! With 21 stops and five optional excursions, you can experience all of the “must-see” sights without having to leave your car. To complete the entire loop, not including the optional excursions, plan to spend about 90 minutes driving (not including any stops).

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History buffs and architecture lovers especially will appreciate the self-guided driving tour, as a majority of the stops are significant Spokane buildings and iconic landmarks. While you can stay behind the wheel the whole way, why not make a few stops, stretch your legs and see the sites up close? To complete the entire loop, not including the optional excursions, plan to spend about 90 minutes driving (not including any stops).

How to take the Spokane City Drive...

  1. Use this City Drive Guide to navigate the course or download the printable version. Missing a printer? You're in luck because you can pick up a printed copy from our Visitor Information Kiosk located in River Park Square Mall.
  2. Keep your eye out for the City Drive signs – they’ll help you along the way!
  3. Make sure you read the brief description of each location along the Drive!
Stop 1

Riverfront Park

47°39’37.20”N, 117°25’15.93”W


Start your driving tour on West Spokane Falls Boulevard. If you have not explored the park, now is a great time to find a parking spot and see the Spokane Falls...

One-hundred acres of beautifully manicured lawns and trees, interesting art and amazing attractions located in the heart of downtown Spokane. Riverfront Park is home to the historic 1909 Looff Carrousel and Ken Spierings’s sculpture entitled “Childhood Express”, a unique giant replica of a Radio Flyer Wagon that is actually a slide for children. A sculpture walk follows the Centennial Trail through the park. Many bridges and viewpoints offer spectacular views of the beautiful Spokane Falls. Attractions include an IMAX Theatre, the Ice Palace skating rink (open Oct.-Mar.), park train, kids’ rides, a gondola ride over the Spokane Falls and a mechanical garbage-eating goat. The INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane Convention Center (located on Spokane Falls Blvd., the south boundary of the park) and the park itself are the legacy of Spokane’s Expo ’74 World’s Fair. Plenty of parking is located along the south side of Spokane Falls Boulevard.

Stop 2

Flour Mill

47°39’54.33”N, 117°25’18.92”W


Turn right on to Post Street (City Hall will now be on your left) and head across the bridge and up to Mallon Avenue. Turn right on Mallon Avenue and Flour Mill will be on your right…

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Flour Mill was originally built over a hundred years ago to harness the energy of the Spokane River to grind wheat into flour. It was renovated during the excitement prior to the Expo ’74 World’s Fair into an eclectic collection of specialty shops, eateries and office space.

Stop 3

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

47°39’55.60”N, 117°25’20.65”W


The arena is the left side of the street at you pass the Flour Mill. The road will start to curve north as the arena remains on your left.

The Spokane Arena is a 12,500-seat, state-of-the art, multi-purpose venue. The Arena has hosted a variety of events and concerts, numerous Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments and the record-breaking 2007 and 2010 US Figure Skating Championships. Home of the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club and the Spokane Shock Arena Football Team, the Arena is dedicated to creating event experiences that truly "wow" their guests.

Stop 4

Spokane County Courthouse

47°39’51.87”N, 117°25’43.92”W


Continue left around the South East corner of the arena as the road becomes Howard Street. At the light, turn left on Boone Avenue. Turn left on Monroe Street. Turn right on Broadway Avenue. The historic Courthouse will be on your right...

Designed by architect W. A. Ritchie in a 16th Century French Renaissance design, this facility has served the citizens of Spokane County since 1895.

Stop 5

Monroe Street Bridge

47°66’18.85”N, 117°42’65.69”W


Turn left on to Jefferson Street, then turn left on to College Aveenue. Continue to Monroe Street and turn right to head over the Mornoe Street Bridge...

Spanning the Spokane River, the Monroe Street Bridge was built in 1911. The beautiful deck arch bridge was designed by John Chester Ralston and Kirtland Cutter. After crossing the bridge, you will immediately see the Spokane Club on your right. The iconic building was also designed by Kirtland Cutter to suit the already wellestablished club of nearly 500 members in 1911. Now, members take advantage of fitness classes, event space, accommodations and more. Continuing on Monroe Street, on the left side will appear one of the tallest buildings in Spokane, the Review building. Home to The Spokesman-Review, the building is curved to model the turn of the street in front of the building.

Stop 6

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

47°39’24.55”N, 117°25’37.20”W


Continue heading south on Monroe Street...

Constructed by renowned architect Robert Reamer in an art deco style, the Fox Theater opened to the public in September of 1931. With 2,300 seats and air conditioning (the first building in Spokane to have it), the Fox was the largest and most unique venue of its kind in the region. Inside the theater, murals created by Anthony Heinsbergen evolve from underwater floral patterns at the lobby level to landscapes of castles, rivers and clouds on the mezzanine, culminating with a magnificent 60-foot wide sunburst that dominates the auditorium. Sunlight radiates across the ceiling and falls on a canopy of foliage representative of a forest under a starlit sky. Divided into three small theaters in 1975 and later slated for demolition in 2000, a massive community effort spearheaded by the Spokane Symphony saved the Fox. When its doors reopened in November of 2007, following a $31 million renovation, the Fox had finally come full circle retaking its place as the premier historical performing arts venue in the Inland Northwest.

Stop 7

Steam Plant

47°39’18.18”N, 117°25’30.01”W


Proceed under the train tracks on Monroe Street and turn left on Third Avenue. Make an immediate left on Lincoln Street and look to the enormous steam stacks on your right...

Built in 1916, the Steam Plant was constructed to produce steam heat and electrical power for all of downtown Spokane. The twin 225-foot smokestacks, now Spokane landmarks, were hand-formed using a total of 333,340 bricks. In operation until 1986, the Steam Plant produced 15,000-370,000 pounds of steam pressure per hour virtually every hour of the day or night. After sitting idle for nearly 10 years upon closing, the Steam Plant was purchased and renovated into one of the most unique buildings in Spokane. The Steam Plant now features a restaurant, its own brewing company and eclectic shopping in the adjacent Seahorn Building.

Stop 8

The Davenport Hotel and Tower

47°39’25.32”N, 117°25’24.63”W


Continue north on Lincoln Street. Turn right on to First Avenue. The Historic Davenport Hotel will be on your left…

The Davenport Hotel has been world-famous since its opening in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself), accordion ballroom doors and the Crab Louis (named for Louis Davenport). After a $38-million top to bottom renovation, the Davenport now revels in its original glory. Re-opened in 2002, it now has a total of 611 guest rooms and suites, thanks in part to the completion of the Davenport Tower in early 2007 and is known as one of “America’s Exceptional Hotels.” Take the hotel’s fascinating walking tour and stay for lunch at one of their restaurants.

Stop 9

Manito Park

47°38’18.98”N, 117°24’25.81”W


Proceed east on First Avenue. Then, turn right on Stevens Street. As you head up the hill, stay to the right as the road splits and becomes Bernard Street. Continue heading south, then turn left on 21st Avenue and Nishinomiya Japanese Garden and Manito Park are on your left...

Covering over 90 acres, Manito Park is one of Spokane’s largest and most beautiful parks. It includes the Lilac Garden, Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Rose Hill, Perennial and Duncan Gardens and the Gaiser Conservatory. The gardens are spectacular during the spring and summer and the conservatory is stunning year round as it features a changing collection of exotic plants and flowers from around the world.

Stop 10

The Cathedral of St. John theEvangelist

47°38’40.41”N, 117°24’31.28”W


Continue on 21st Avenue as it curves to the right around Duncan Gardens. Turn left on 25th Avenue and proceed to Grand Boulevard. Turn left on Grand Boulevard. Turn right on 12th Avenue right in front of the cathedral…

One of the few examples in the United States of classic Gothic architecture, the Cathedral was built in the 1930s. Guided tours are available Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00am-2:00pm.

Stop 11

Cliff Drive & Cliff Aerie

47°38’49.33”N, 117°25’9.81”W


Proceed on Twelfth Avenue and make your way back to Grand Avenue by turning right on Cowley Street, then right on 13th Avenue. Turn right on to Grand Boulevard and make your next left on to Cliff Drive. Continue up the hill until the view opens on your right…

Well-known for its panoramic view of the entire city, Cliff Drive is the ideal spot to stop and take a picture. Continuing on to the right at the bend in the road is Cliff Aerie, the former residence of Senator Dill who introduced the bill to build Grand Coulee Dam.

Stop 12

Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

47°38’53.58”N, 117°25’8.84”W


After you pass the view and the parking area, proceed west on Cliff Drive and continue around the bend as the road heads southwest. Turn right on to Lincoln Street and wind through the neighborhood. Turn right on to Seventh Avenue and proceed to Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, on your right. You can't experience the gardens from 7th Avenue, so this is a great place to find parking by Edwidge Woldson Park…

Originally developed between 1889 and 1932 for the residences of F. Rockwood Moore and later Senator George Turner, the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens are a combination of Victorian and Arts & Crafts styles. Buried for more than 50 years, the gardens were uncovered, renovated and reopened in August of 2007. Restored using original photographs of the gardens, special features include a reflection pool, white garden steps, rustic rose arbor, conservatory, perennial gardens, octagon teahouse with white columns and an upper pond and rock waterfall. The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens project is the first residential landscape of its kind in Washington.

Stop 13

Glover Mansion

47°38’53.91”N, 117°25’0.35”W


Proceed east on 7th Avenue. Turn right on Stevens Street and stay in the left lane at the fork which becomes 9th Avenue. At the light, turn left on to south McClellan Street and make the next left on to 8th Avenue. The Glover Mansion will be on your left just before 8th turns north…

Built in 1888 by famed architect Kirtland Cutter for the “Father of Spokane,” James Glover, the mansion is an exquisite example of late 19th century design. Tour the mansion and marvel at the featured woodwork from ten different areas around the world, and the wide array of stunning leaded and stained glass windows in original condition.

Stop 14

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

47°39’23.16”N, 117°26’46.64”W


8th Avenue turns into South Washington Street and heads north. Turn left on West 2nd Avenue and continue west crossing downtown towards the Historic Browne's Addition neighborhood. After crossing South Maple Avenue, under the railroad bridge, stay right on West 2nd Avenue and pass the Rosauers Grocery Store on your left. Turn right on Cannon Street and continue past the round-about. Turn left on to West 1st Avenue and the Northwest Museun of Arts & Culture is ahead on your right…

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, a Smithsonian affiliate, features exhibits of regional and natural history, including America’s largest collection of Northern Plateau Indian art and living history and fine art exhibits that are frequently rotated. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take note of the historic homes surrounding the museum, as Browne’s Addition is one of Spokane’s oldest neighborhoods.

Stop 15

Campbell House

47°39’23.16”N, 117°26’46.64”W


Continue on West 1st Avenue. The Campbell House is directly next to the museum on your right…

Designed in 1898 by Kirtland Cutter, The Campbell House models what homes of the “well to do” looked liked during Spokane’s ‘Age of Elegance’. The home housed the original museum after the owner deeded it to the Eastern Washington Historical Society. Tour the historic home Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop 16

Finch Arboretum

47°38’39.06”N, 117°27’43.70”W


After the Campbell House, follow West 1st Avenue as it turns left and becomes South Poplar Street. Turn left on West 2nd Avenue, then turn right on South Spruce Street. Turn right on West Sunset Boulevard and continue across the bridge and up the hill. Half way up the hill, turn left on South F Street and stay right. The arboretum is on your right and there is a parking lot ahed on your right…

An extensive botanical and tree garden with more than 2,000 labeled ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. Walk the many trails that weave through the 65 acres or stop alongside Garden Springs Creek and enjoy the serene setting. For another awesome viewing point of Spokane, take the loop by the trees on Rosemount to the Lindke loop and travel past the Fish Lake Trail Head, which will then put you back on Government Way.

Stop 17

Fort George Wright, Mukogowa FortWright Institute and the JapaneseCultural Center

47°40’23.59”N, 117°28’9.26”W


Return to West Sunset Boulevard and turn right to head east. At the light, turn left on South Government Way. Continue past the historic cemetery, up a slight hill and turn right on West Fort George Wright Drive. The fort, institute, cultural center and Spokane Falls Community College will be on your left...

Fort George Wright is where the former Army Calvary headquarters figured prominently in the early settlement of Spokane. The Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute is a branch campus of a university in Spokane’s sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan. Their one year program is dedicated to teaching young Japanese women English as a second language. Stop by the Japanese Cultural Center that features exhibits of traditional Japanese art, crafts, costumes and traditional ceremonial dress. The campus neighbors Spokane Falls Community College.

Stop 18

Downriver Golf Course

47°41’14.07”N, 117°27’56.31”W


Continue on Fort George Wright Drive and stay in the right lane. After crossing the Spokane River on TJ Meenach Bridge, take the exit on your right towards North Pettit Drive. At the stop sign, turn right on Pettit Drive/North Riverside State Park Drive which turns into Downriver Drive. Proceed on Downriver Drive and you will see Downriver Golf Course on your right…

Opened for play in 1916, Spokane’s oldest course is also where crooner Bing Crosby perfected his golf game as a youngster.

Stop 19

Bowl & Pitcher

47°41’47.27”N, 117°29’34.39”W


At the end of the Downriver Golf Course, the road bends to the right away from the river. Turn left at the fork which turns into North Aubrey L. White Parkway. To access Bowl and Pitcher, look for the State Park entrance on the left side of the road. Park in the first lot on your right for an aerial view atop of the massive rocks or continue down the hill and into the park to access the hanging bridge and hundreds of miles of beautiful trails...

The Bowl & Pitcher is famous for its great views of the Spokane River. This area of Riverside State Park features camping and picnic sites, trails leading to the Spokane River, a swinging footbridge and views of lava rock outcroppings. Two of these outcroppings resemble a bowl and pitcher, giving this beautiful section of the park its name. Note: there is an entry fee unless you have a Discover Pass. From the parking lot, it is a quick walk to the footbridge and worth the trip! Miles of hiking and biking trails are easy to access from the parking area as well.

Stop 20

Gonzaga University

47°40’6.26”N, 117°24’10.25”W


Continue north on North Aubrey L. White Parkway. Turn right on West Rifle Club Road and proceed through the neighborhood. Turn right on West Nine Mile Road. Continue up the hill and stay right to exit on North Assembly St. Follow Assembly for 1 mile where it becomes West Northwest Boulevard. Stay on Northwest for 4 miles, cross North Monroe Street, where it becomes West Indiana Avenue and turn right on North Division Street. In 5 blocks, turn left on East Sharp Avenue. Gonzaga University will be on your right…

Bing Crosby’s alma mater welcomes visitors to enjoy the country’s largest public collection of Bing Crosby memorabilia, located in the Crosbyana Room in the Crosby Student Center. Bing’s boyhood home at 508 East Sharp Avenue is now home of the Gonzaga University Alumni Association and is also open to the public.

Stop 21

Riverpoint Campus – University District

47°39’42.96”N, 117°24’7.31”W


From East Sharp Avenue, turn right on North Hamilton Street. Continue past the university and turn right on East Spokane Falls Boulevard. East Spokane Falls Boulevard becomes North Sherman Street. Turn right on East Spokane Falls Boulevard. The Riverpoint Campus is on your right…

The campus is located just east of downtown along the southern bank of the Spokane River. The campus houses facilities of three institutions: Washington State University Spokane (WSU Spokane), Eastern Washington University and Innovate Washington. Currently, a medical school is also being built that will house students from WSU, EWU, University of Washington and Whitworth. Riverpoint Campus is a part of Spokane’s University District which also includes Gonzaga University directly across the Spokane River.



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