Places to Visit: Spokane Washington

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Spokane Washington

264 miles northeast of McCall is beautiful Spokane, Washington, known as the “Lilac City” due to the abundance of gorgeous lilacs that bloom there in the spring.

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  • In eastern Washington, Spokane is 20 miles from the Idaho border.
  • The second largest city in Washington.
  • Lots of outdoor activities available.
  • Don't miss the River Centennial Trail or a Tour of local Wineries.

Overview

The bustling city of Spokane is the second largest in the state of Washington. Not far from the northern Idaho border, the scenic Selkirk Mountains and the foothills of the Rockies are not far away. Spokane sits on the sparkling Spokane River and is just 110 miles from Canada’s border. Originally named “Spokane Falls”, the city is rich in culture and history. The area offers an abundance of year round outdoor recreation making it a great place to visit.

Location

Spokane is located in eastern Washington, must 20 miles from the northern Idaho border. It is 264 miles northeast of McCall by car.

Services & Amenities

A thriving metropolitan area, there are plenty of restaurants with cuisine to satisfy every taste, and ample lodging at numerous hotels, motels, and B&Bs. Several campgrounds and RV parks are also available.

Activities

Spokane and the surrounding area provide an array of fun for outdoor enthusiasts. The granite boulders of Minnehaha are perfect for avid climbers, while mountain bikers can enjoy Beacon Hill’s scenic trails. Golfers can choose from 33 courses in the area, and water lovers can enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and boating on the many nearby lakes and rivers. During the winter, nearby resorts beckon skiers and snowboarders.

There are also plenty of museums, shops, and parks to explore. And if you love basketball, the city has over 400 courts.

Attractions

  • Spokane River Centennial Trail – This is a scenic paved path that runs from Nine Mile Falls to the Idaho border.
  • Little Spokane River - Just a few miles northwest of downtown Spokane, the Little Spokane River is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and picnicking.
  • Clearwater National Forest – Not far away, this national forest boasts groves of majestic old-growth trees, many of which tower 150 feet and are nearly 3000 years old.
  • Wineries – Tour one of the many local wineries - where some of the best wine in the Northwest is produced.

Getting Here

Starting on Freeway Ave. N., get onto I-90 and then quickly merge onto Hwy 195 south. Stay on Hwy 195 for about 74 miles, crossing over into Idaho at Lewiston, and then continue south on Hwy 95 for approximately 150 miles to New Meadows. From there, take Hwy 55 south on into McCall. Be sure to stop at the museum of anthropology in Pullman to see its fascinating Bigfoot exhibit. Grab a bite to eat in Lewiston and watch the ships at Idaho’s only seaport.