Fall colors in Spokane are a sight to behold! The areas deciduous trees have this whole aging thing down. Instead of wrinkles and back problems, they look as beautiful as ever with brilliant bursts of red and gold. Fall elicits a bright and colorful display in the Spokane region, where parks, neighborhoods, and trails are all adorned in the season’s hues. Here are some of the best spots to check out:
Riverfront Park is home to the historic Clock Tower, Expo '74 Pavilion, SkyRide, Numerica Ice Ribbon, Spokane Falls, and so much more! Featured in the heart of Downtown, Spokane you don't need to go far to be immersed in the season's colors. In the fall, the park brings new vibes as the trees display a variety of colors from bright yellows to rich reds.
A tree lover’s paradise, Spokane’s arboretum features more than 2,000 labeled ornamental trees. The Self-Guided Walking Tour will take you through the area’s diverse tree collection, identifying Dawn Redwood, Japanese Umbrella Pine, Tri-color Beeche, and much more.
Manito Park & Boulevard
Manito Park is home to five showcase gardens, but the flowers don’t have to be in bloom for the park to be at its best. At Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Japanese Garden, scarlet maple leaves beautifully frame serene koi ponds and footbridges. South of the park, visitors will find a canopy of gold foliage covering Manito Boulevard – a perfect spot for a neighborhood stroll.
Iller Creek Trail
This five-mile loop hiking trail in Dishman Hills Conservation Area located in the Spokane Valley offers spectacular fall colors. The trail culminates at the Rocks of Sharon, a group of large granite boulders located on the hill’s ridgeline. From the rocks' viewpoints, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Steptoe Butte, Mica Peak, and the Palouse.
During the fall, Green Bluff showcases fall colors through various family fields and farms. Head to the Bluff for apple picking, pumpkin finding, corn mazes, live music, and locally sourced food and drinks.
Fall colors can also be found throughout the 37-mile Centennial Trail, but the section that runs from Gonzaga University through Riverfront Park offers the most deciduous trees. On a particularly clear day, you can even catch the leaves reflecting off the neighboring Spokane River.