One-Day Trips in Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley is a happening, thriving city with much to discover! Use these suggested one-day adventures to explore the city and nearby region.
Winter: Ski Adventures Combined with Indoor Fun
Spokane Valley is a great basecamp from which to enjoy winter activities in the region.
Depending on snow levels, Nordic cross country skiing can be enjoyed on local ungroomed trails in and around the valley, or at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, a short 45 minutes north. Downhill skiers can access five top-rated ski parks and resorts - Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer, 49 Degrees North, Silver Mountain and Lookout Pass - all within an hour and 45 minute drive.
For an indoor winter activity – Spokane Valley offers two trampoline parks and an indoor playground at the mall for kids and families. Visitors will also enjoy Escape Spokane Valley and Unit 55 (escape rooms), local sip’n paint classes, pottery paint stores and several indoor antique/vintage markets in the city.
Valley History and Shopping Extravaganza
Plan a visit to the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum (open 11-4, Wed through Sat) to learn about the region’s rich history. Their collections of historical photographs are amazing.
After some local history, enjoy lunch at Mangrove Café and Bakery, just down the street from the Museum. If you enjoy exploring antique/vintage stores and and specialty boutiques, spend the afternoon at Greenacres Vendor Mall, Pine Street Market and Boutique, The Bohemian, Our Place Vendor Mall and True Love Vintage Home Market. These fun shops (and there's more) are scattered throughout the Sprague Avenue corridor.
Rest your legs in the evening while sampling some Washington wines at Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, or Jake & Clay's Public House – all located in Spokane Valley.
Bike & Wine in Spokane Valley
Begin with a Spokane Valley favorite: breakfast at Little Euro, a hometown favorite conveniently located on Pines Road in the center of the city.
Bring your own bicycle or rent bikes from The Bike Hub (three blocks from Appleway Trail) or Fitness Fanatics (adjacent to Centennial Trail). Hop on the Appleway Trail to ride through Spokane Valley or the Centennial Trail to enjoy a gentle breeze while riding adjacent to the scenic Spokane River.
Slow down in the afternoon and taste some local wines at Latah Creek Wine Cellars and Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Note: Arbor Creek sponsors music concerts at its Cliff House on Thursday and Sunday evenings, May through September.
Family Fun Day
Begin the day with a yummy lunch at Hallets Market and Café (box lunches available for order)
In the summer, trek on over to one of our city parks and let the kids enjoy the splash pad or play at Discovery Park. In the winter, expend some energy at Altitude Trampoline Park.
For dinner, take the family out to experience local barbecue at Longhorn Barbecue Restaurant, followed by a relaxing stroll at Mirabeau Point Park (note - movies are scheduled during the summer in the park).
A Play Day on the River
Late spring through summer is the best time to enjoy rafting, floating or kayaking trips down the Spokane River in Spokane Valley. Use your own equipment (be sure to check river levels and wear safety equipment) or hire a local company/guide service to assist. Boulder Beach Park (pictured) provides an access for swimming and various water sports. Use this water trail website to locate other river access points in the corridor.
After a day on the water, enjoy a local brew and dinner at one of Spokane Valley’s many breweries, including Badass Backyard Brewing, V-Twin Brewing, English Setter, and Hopped Up.
Up in the Air Adventures
Start the day with a scenic helicopter tour of Spokane Valley and surrounding lakes via Spokane Helicopter Tours or Inland Helicopters at Felts Field, or contact Avian Balloon flights to enjoy a tour by air at a slower pace. After your tour, stop by the Historic Flight Foundation's vintage air museum.
Enjoy lunch at a local favorite - Skyway Café at Felts Field (while watching the helicopters and small planes come and go).
In the afternoon, head east through Spokane Valley to experience a breathtaking view of a natural conifer forest via Mica Moon Zip Line tours (open April through October).
Summer: Two Great Views
Dishman Hills and Indians Baseball
Begin with breakfast or lunch at Cottage Café, a local favorite, old-school American eatery. Enjoy a scenic hike at Dishman Hills Natural Area (and earn a beautiful view of the valley as you near the top of the hill). Cool down with a tasty treat from Pete & Belle’s Ice Cream Shop or La Nueva Michoacana Popsicle and ice cream shop.
In the evening, cheer on the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team at Avista Stadium in Spokane Valley. Home games are scheduled June through early September.