Hotel at a Glance: Baymont Inn & Suites Spokane Valley
This newly renovated hotel is about a 10-minute drive from Spokane’s city center, a charming downtown with a riverfront park, numerous walking trails, and the Gonzaga University campus. You can also use the hotel as a home base for visiting the region’s mountain resorts—there are five within a two-hour drive.
- Modern amenities: Your guest room has free WiFi, flat-screen TV, plus a microwave and a mini-fridge.
- Relax with a dip in the indoor pool or the hot tub.
- Start your day right with a free breakfast.
- Sweet perk: freshly baked cookies later in the day
Spokane, Washington: Riverfront Park near the Rocky Mountains
Spokane is Washington’s second-largest city, but it manages to stay in touch with its green side. In fact, the town’s motto is “Near nature. Near perfect.” Throughout Spokane, you’ll find tons of parks and gardens as well as the Spokane River, which flows through downtown. And then there’s the thundering Spokane Falls at Riverfront Park. The 100-acre public green space also features a century-old carousel, an opera house, and an outdoor Ice Palace that’s open for skating from October through March. There’s a host of recreational opportunities just outside of Spokane as well. You can go boating and fishing on Lake Coeur d’Alene across the Idaho border (it’ll take you about an hour to get there), and the nearby Rocky Mountains offer unparalleled skiing, biking, and hiking.