March 30, 2020 | Activities
15 Must-See Locations While You’re in Spokane
From the roaring Spokane River to the ornate lobby of The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane truly boasts many incredible sights to see. Whether you’re a local or an out-of-town visitor, we have lots of cool hot spots you must not miss while you’re Downtown Spokane.
Here’s our foolproof plan guaranteeing you’ll have an unforgettable time in our neck of the woods:
- The Centennial Trail
The Centennial Trail is a nearly 40-mile paved recreational trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. The trail stretches from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls, Washington to the Washington / Idaho state line. It continues another 24 miles beyond the Washington state border into Idaho as the North Idaho Centennial trail through Post Falls and into Coeur d’Alene. Guests of The Centennial can take advantage of our onsite bike rental and explore the city at your own pace. Rentals are complimentary and include two hours of outdoor fun! See our Front Desk for more information.
- Manito Park
Comprised of five major garden areas (the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, Lilac Garden and Ferris Perennial Garden), Manito Park is nationally recognized for its diverse horticultural displays. You can even enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Manito Park – click HERE to download a Park Brochure with more information!
- Spokane Falls
Winding for miles through thick basalt formations, the Spokane River carves out a gorge dividing the bustle of the city with spectacular natural beauty. With pedestrian suspension bridges and skyrides that offer incredible views of the falls, this stop is one that can’t be missed during your Spokane tour.
- Riverfront Park
From the thundering Spokane Falls to the towering, historic Great Northern Clocktower to the hand-carved Looff Carrousel, the sprawling 100-acre campus is home to many of the region’s most iconic attractions. Families and friends can spend a whole day touring Riverfront Park!
- Martin Woldson Theater
Calling all history junkies: we’ve got a spot for you! After much anticipation, the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox opened its doors in November 2007 and is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary of the restoration. Somebody pop the champagne! Originally Spokane’s Fox Theater was built in 1931, and this art deco treasure is now owned and operated by the Spokane Symphony and serves as the Symphony’s permanent home and as an incredible venue for all of the performing arts. The Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spokane Register, and the Washington Heritage Register.
- John A. Finch Arboretum
The John A. Finch Arboretum is located in southwest Spokane on 65 acres of wooded hills. The Arboretum is a botanical collection of trees and woody plants that have been labeled for field study. The collection has been planted along the Garden Springs Creek and contains a wide variety of native and cultivated plant material compatible with growing conditions in Spokane. Visitors to the Arboretum can enjoy the varied landscapes which range from a native pine forest to a shady glen filled with rhododendrons. There are seasonal activities planned year-round and tours are available!
- The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Founded in 1916, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest, serving more than 100,000 visitors a year. They are one of Washington State’s five Smithsonian affiliates and are accredited by the Alliance of American Museums. The museum resides in the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. Commonly referred to as the “MAC,” the museum preserves and cultivates the heritage of the Inland Northwest people through collections, exhibitions, and programs that bring their stories to life. Their incredible collection of Plateau Indian art and artifacts is the largest in the world; more than one million objects are maintained and preserved including fine art, artifacts, documents, photographs and material culture from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
- Bing Crosby Theater
The Bing is a performing arts theater and entertainment venue with a regular lineup of top performers. Designed by theater architect Edwin W. Houghton, this beautiful historic theater was originally built in 1914 as an 800-seat movie theater, known at the time as “Clemmer Theater”. Check out upcoming shows and events HERE!
- Spokane Ale Trail
The“The Inland Northwest Ale Trail” is an adventure for beer aficionadas, assisting them as they explore new craft breweries here in the Northwest. The coolest part of it all? The Ale Trail starts at one of our very own Davenport Restaurants, Post Street Ale House! Find out more HERE!
- Cork (Wine) District
Wine a little, laugh a lot. All you vino lovers must check out the only, the only, the Cork District! Located right here in Spokane,the Cork District is a partnership of wineries and local organizations to promote wine tasting and tourism in Eastern Washington. The District is focused in the urban core of downtown Spokane and features fifteen award-winning wineries within walking distance of one other. You had us at Merlot!
- Mobius Children’s Museum
Mobius provides a place for young children and their families to learn, play and create through hands-on exploration. The museum offers exciting exhibits, group visits, camps, classes, birthday parties and more! Check out their event calendar and activities list HERE.
- River Park Square
At the center of our community is River Park Square, Downtown Spokane’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination! This is truly a shoppers paradise: Nordstrom, Nike, Apple, oh MY! Check out the full list of shops HERE.
- First Interstate Center for The Arts
This beautiful facility serves as the premier performing arts and entertainment venue in the Spokane region. The First Interstate Center for the Arts reopened in November 2018 after a $22 million renovation – holy smokes! The iconic building, a legacy from the 1974 World’s Fair, is located downtown on the beautiful banks of the Spokane River adjacent to Riverfront Park. It has hosted everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to “Phantom of the Opera” and “The Lion King.” Adaptable for symphony concerts, ballet, grand opera, road shows, country and rock music spectaculars, musical stage productions, travelogues, conventions and lectures, the impressive modernization will surely enhance the guest experience. Check out their upcoming events HERE!
- Spokane Arena
Say hello to our 12,000-seat sporting and entertainment event facility! Home of the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Team and Spokane Shock Arena Football Team! Check out the upcoming concerts and events HERE!
- The Historic Davenport Hotel Lobby
Meet our beautiful sister property: The Historic Davenport Hotel. The Historic Davenport Hotel is the first of the five Davenport Hotel Properties – the Historic, Tower, Lusso, Grand & Centennial – featuring 284 rooms in the heart of Downtown Spokane. Known as Washington’s grandest hotel, The Historic Davenport features soaring architecture, rich history and luxurious accommodations. The Historic Davenport, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, features the Palm Court Grill, The Peacock Room Lounge, Lobby Cafe, Signature Champagne Brunch every Sunday, The Roof Garden Terrace Bar, an award-winning Spa, an indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, impressive meeting space and elegant ballrooms, Davenport Confections featuring our Signature Soft Peanut Brittle and the Davenport Home Store. How will you #treatyourself at The Historic?
There is truly something for everyone in Spokane Washington. Now get out and play!
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