When you're traveling to Washington, your first stop is usually Seattle. That may change June 11, when Alaska Airlines introduces nonstop service from Anchorage to Spokane. It's just once per week on Saturdays right now. But for those folks who enjoy visiting the "Inland Empire" around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the new flight is a great option.

We love Seattle. But travelers should branch out and see more of the Evergreen State.


The city of Spokane started in the latter half of the 19th century, fueled by mining, logging, forestry and agriculture. Since then, the city has emerged as a hub for education (Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and others), health care, rail transportation and aviation technology. Fairchild Air Force Base is adjacent to the airport and is the region's largest employer.