With 260 days of sunshine per year, Spokane is the capital of Washington’s sunny side. The Cascade mountains catch most of the wet weather coming ashore from the Pacific, and they let Spokane bask in the sun as a result. With such fine weather, the city is an outdoors lover’s dream, not to mention home to lively dining and arts scenes. This Spokane guide points out some of the best that Washington’s sunny city has to offer.
Many of the best Spokane things to do take place in the beautiful nature that surrounds the city. In the winter, great skiing and snowshoeing are nearby, and the rest of the year, excellent hiking, camping, biking, river rafting, kayaking, and fishing are all a short drive away. In some cases, these activities are right there in the city. The Riverfront Park, sitting right on the Spokane River as it flows through downtown Spokane, offers 100 acres of greenery and trails, in addition to an IMAX theatre. The park’s Centennial Trail offers fantastic biking right in the heart of Spokane!
When the sun goes down, locals fill the town’s excellent restaurants. Dining out is one of the top things to do in Spokane because much of the fresh bounty from Washington’s productive farms winds up on the tables of the city’s restaurants like Wild Sage Bistro, Milford’s Bistro, and Mizuna. A handful of microbreweries located in and around town also provide great opportunities for indulgence.
No guide to Spokane would be complete without mention of the city’s arts and entertainment scene. Spokane is home to the outstanding Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Spokane Symphony, side-splitting improv comedy shows at the Blue Door Theatre, and even Broadway shows. Keep an eye out, because many of the city’s best attractions can be found on listings for Spokane deals!