You’re all caught up on laundry, spring cleaning done, and you’ve already binge-watched The Office for the hundredth time, now what? By now, we’re all beginning to feel a little cooped up. We could all use an escape from our homes, so we’ve come up with five scenic drives that’ll give you a much-needed change of scenery.
Palouse to Oakesdale
The Palouse, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the country, is easily one of the most scenic drives near Spokane. Just southeast of downtown, you'll discover miles of rolling hills and farmland. As you drive through the Palouse fields, you'll come across small towns, old barns, and flour mills. During the spring, enjoy the green color of the hills that surround your drive. As an easy starting point, begin your journey from downtown and head southeast on the Palouse Highway. Once you hit Valleyford, you'll turn onto Highway 27, which will take you through small towns like Freeman, Rockford, Waverly, Latah, Fairbanks, and finally, Oakesdale. Stretch your legs in Oakesdale to admire historic buildings and maybe even snag a quick photo at the Barron Flour Mill there.
Hangman Valley to Duncan
Just beyond the South Hill of Spokane, lies Hangman Valley. If you’re a golfer, you’ve probably driven out this way before for a challenging day on the links. From downtown Spokane, head south on Highway 195, take a left on Hatch Road, and then a right onto Hangman Valley Road. Hangman Valley Road follows beautiful Latah Creek through a valley of open spaces and elegant country homes. Continue your country drive onto Valley Chapel Road. You could stay on Valley Chapel Road to Rockford. For a shorter drive, you can get back onto Highway 195 by way of Spangle Creek Road.
Spokane Valley to Green Bluff
While experiencing the amenities of Greenbluff is currently out of the question, a drive around this community of small family farms is another great escape from your home. You won't be missing out on much since Spring is one of the least busy seasons up at Greenbluff. During the Spring, plants take their time to regenerate and prepare for a new life cycle. Reminisce whilst you enjoy this farmers' paradise.
Little Spokane River to Nine Mile Falls
You’ll find Nine Mile Falls along the Spokane River, between the Little Spokane River Natural Area and Riverside State Park. This area boasts of its stunning surroundings on the banks of the river. What was once a raging waterfall gave Nine Mile Falls its name. Now, with the damming projects upstream, the waterfall is no longer what it used to be, but the gorgeous scenery still awaits onlookers. A slew of backroads awaits you across the river. Get lost for a little while amongst miles and miles of country roads and farmland. It’s the perfect little escape, all from the safety and comfort of your car.
Spokane to Mt Spokane
About an hour north of downtown Spokane, Mt Spokane is known as one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the region. While spring skiing is currently out of the question--cough cough, quarantine--Mt Spokane makes for the perfect scenic drive into the mountains. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy endless views of mountains and landscapes as you make the winding drive to the base of the ski resort.
We hope you’re inspired to get out and explore while we continue to practice social distancing and stay quarantined. Hang in there, folks, this is temporary. At the very least, it has allowed us to get creative with how we spend our time. We’re in this together, Spokane.