The owners of Spokane Winery Tours wanted to make a career of enjoying good food and drink, and realized the only thing they needed to do it was a bus. They created a logo, slapped it on the side of their first Wino Wagon, and began living their dream. They take groups of wine lovers and neophyte drinkers alike on tours Valley wineries, teaching them about the process behind creating a bottle. They also ferret out some of the best samples for the region has to offer for their guests to try.
Your City Bites' manifesto can be summed up in a single word: local. Local foods, local guides, and local culture—all distinguishing features of its walking food tours. Guides, each one a home cook, lead groups on approximately two-hour jaunts through a city, during which they pause to sample the edible creations of six to eight restaurants. Culinary expeditions might explore the world-famous deli sandwiches of Salt Lake City or tour the ethnic eats that pepper Spokane's restaurant scene. Throughout each tour, guides elucidate tales of local culture and architecture, covering sites from the Salt Lake Temple to Spokane's infamous Leaning Tower of Cinnamon Rolls.
Committed to cultural education, Your City Bites' staff works to make its walking adventures available to as many people as possible, ensuring treks are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Additionally, guides make sure vegetarians have alternatives throughout each tour. Not content to stay in just Spokane and Salt Lake City, the company has plans to begin tours in Nashville, Albuquerque, and the moon's cheese-filled core.
Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. The newly constructed SkyRide invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses an enormous IMAX theater with one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.
Inspired by The Amazing Race, CityScape Adventures—held across the United States—entangle race participants in webs of 12 puzzles and challenges in citywide races to the finish line. Participants compete in teams of two, using their wits, teamwork, and underground network of mutant-turtle spies to complete the tasks given at the start of the race. The 12 challenges take the form of puzzles, riddles, and clues that guide treasure hunters to a specific location within the city, where each team must complete a special task using only their cleverness and muscles. Players can also use the Internet, and the winning team is usually the one that best leverages its resources. The first team to successfully complete all tasks and vault over the finish line will receive a prize and assembly line of high-fives.