Mention the state of Washington, and you're likely to imagine a gray and most likely, rainy, place. That reputation may hold true in Seattle but not in Spokane, which is about an hour flight and a five-hour drive east of Seattle.

"We get lots of sunshine," says Visit Spokane Communications Manager Peyton Scheller. "It's drier and sunnier here, and we're on the opposite side of the state. We have about 260 days of sunshine on average." Read more.