Experience the roaring rush of the majestic Spokane Falls in the heart of the city, where the namesake river cascades into a graceful fall. This stunning natural attraction can be viewed from several vantage points in the city center, such is its beauty. Hop on to a bike and ride along the Centennial Trail to see the falls, or wander along Riverfront Park's inner network to avail some of the best views. You can also catch closer views from the stairs that encircle the falls in Huntington Park. For a more unique experience, the Spokane Falls SkyRide takes you on an exhilarating journey high above the falls, from where you can encounter its rumbling melody. Better yet, Anthony's at Spokane Falls allows you to dine with a view of the iconic falls. The best time to catch the waterfall in action is springtime, when it is in its finest element, spraying visitors with misty waters and entertaining one and all with its spectacular thundering.
One of the main entertainment hubs in Spokane, Riverfront Park provides great family entertainment while still having enough secluded spots for someone who just wants to enjoy nature. Many attractions and landmarks reside within the park, including the Looff Carousel and the historic Clock Tower. Many of the city's popular family festivals take place here, especially in the summer.
Built in 1931 as the Fox Theater, the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox got a new lease of life after a long renovation in 2007. An art deco beauty, it is now the base of the Spokane Symphony and hosts a myriad of performing arts events. Enjoy delightful performances at this historic venue.
One of the city's major landmarks, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is considered to be one of the engineering marvels of its time. The church is built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture, and is constructed entirely out of cut stone. Like many other Gothic structures, the edifice of the church contains several intricate carvings of angles, religious symbols and gargoyles. Stained glass windows, a single aisle and arched ceilings make up the interior of the church.
John A. Finch Arboretum is 56.65 acres (22.92 hectares) of landscape that feature both regional and exotic plants. The arboretum is the perfect place for a walk or to learn about different plant species. There is a picturesque creek with a waterfall and bridge that runs through the arboretum. There is parking on site.
Spokane River Centennial Trail is a lengthy, paved trail, running along the Spokane River. It stretches from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls and is divided into three distinct parts: the urban section, the valley section and the Riverside State park section. The 37 mile (59.5 kilometer) trail is a haven for cyclists, hikers and runners of all ages and levels of fitness. The Riverside State section is the most challenging part, and the most beautiful, with scenic views and lush green zones on either sides.
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a sprawling stretch of untouched natural beauty, in the city of Cheney. This blanket of lush green trees, little lakes and rocky surfaces, is a great hiking and camping zone, attracting numerous outdoor enthusiasts in the summer. Also home to numerous bird and animal species, spotting one of its residents is not a rare phenomena, while treading through this park. Park officials also organize a number of educational and informative workshops at this spot.
If you have arrived to Spokane with your little ones then the farms of Green Bluff should be on your list of places to visit. Here, acres after acres of gently rolling hills create a sight to behold and harvest time marks the beginning of fruit-picking season. Get your kids along, acquaint them with nature and let them learn the science behind growing fruits and vegetables at Green Bluff. There are mini train rides to enjoy and the farms make perfect terrain for children to frolic around.