A tree line so rich in color it appears to be hand-painted by Van Gogh meets a clear blue sky. Above your head, a few whispery clouds waft by. As you begin to survey the landscape, your eye is drawn to the clock tower in the distance. The birds chirp a song about the mountains that loom in the horizon. This all seems like a dream, but take heart, traveler; you’re not in a fairy tale, or even a Judd Apatow romantic comedy. You’ve come to Spokane for peace of mind, and you’ve found it. As you look around it becomes clear: The city’s motto is onto something. “Near nature, near perfect” describes this oasis just right.
Book one of our Spokane downtown hotels, such as Red Lion Hotel at the Park – Spokane, and you have the perfect home base to explore city life and regional wilderness alike. Don’t be shocked if you come across deer, moose, or a flying goat (that last one is a pizza place). With a sense of adventure and your North Face jacket, you’re ready to wander wisely—Spokane-style.
Save your money for epicurean adventures. When it comes time for fun, there are loads of things to do in Spokane that don’t cost a thing. Jog the Centennial Trail from downtown toward Riverside Park, and your worries will evaporate into the ether as you soak up the scenery. Take a cool down at the Spokane Sculpture Walk, which showcases local art installations in Riverside Park. You’ll be bitten by the creative bug most likely, so shower off at your hotel and mosey over to one of the free art galleries in Spokane. Gonzaga University invites you to take a gratis walk through the Jundt Art Museum, and the Chase Art Gallery downtown is bound to inspire your next creative expression.
If you want to spread your wings in Greater Washington, grab one of our downtown Spokane rentals and hit the road. Dozens of lakes and multiple national parks are just a short drive from the city. Make your way north, and in 97 miles you’ll be breathing in the unspoiled air of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
With the Rocky Mountains in the background, you might think that any window-front or patio seat in Spokane will do at dinner time. But when it’s time to savor the best flavors being concocted in local kitchens, some eateries are truly bringing their “A” game. Cozy up to a table at Mizuna, sip your way through a fine glass of red, and then savor each bite of your Idaho trout or Japanese eggplant ratatouille. Over at Wild Sage Bistro, the menu tempts you with white cheddar fondue and fresh halibut. Looking for a bella experience? Italia Trattoria is blending modern European fare with buzzworthy cocktails.
Whether you’re hungry for mountain air or the fresh catch of the day, let Travelocity connect you with the right place to stay while you’re in the Pacific Northwest. Book one of our downtown Spokane hotels, such as the Red Lion River Inn, and your dreamy vacation is off to an easy start.