Spokane Tourist Attractions
Spokane, in the centre of a farming area, lies in the east of the state, on the border with Idaho. Features of interest are the Cheney Cowles Museum (local history) and the Riverfront Park boasting a hand-carved roundabout made in 1909. There is skiing on Mount Spokane.
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Spokane was started in 1925. Some of the impressive features of this Gothic cathedral are the stained glass windows, and the organ with more than 4000 pipes. Tours of St John the Evangelist are available to the public.
INB Performing Arts Center (formerly Spokane Opera House)
The INB Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Spokane Opera House, hosts a variety of musical performances and other major events and conferences. Check the online INB Performing Arts Center calendar for information on upcoming performances.
Manito Park in Spokane contains a variety of gardens, including the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden, Lilac Garden, the Renaissance style Duncan Garden, and a conservatory, as well as other areas. Manito Park is open year with a wonderful display of flowers during the summer months.
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (formerly Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Eastern Washington State History Museum)
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane features exhibits and programs focusing on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art.The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture also features an impressive American Indian Collection with photographs and artworks.
Address: 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue
Always opened on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Veteran's Day - USA (Nov 11)
Always closed on: Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.00, Students $5.00, Senior over 62 $5.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: First Friday of each month: Open until 8 p.m.
Typical Visit: 2 hours
Spokane's Riverfront Park is on the site of the 1974 World's Fair grounds. The park contains a variety of entertainment options including a Ferris Wheel, amusement rides, a skating rink in winter, an IMAX theatre and more. Riverfront Park is also the location of many annual events, including New Years Eve entertainment.
The Clock Tower in Riverfront Park was built in 1902 as part of the Great Northern Railroad Station. The tower originally had three of its lower walls within the Great Northern Railroad Depot. In preparation for Expo' 74, the depot was demolished but the tower remained as a reminder of railroad history in Spokane.The clock is wound once per week by hand, a technician climbs to the clockworks room behind the clock faces.
Children's Museum (Closed)
The Children's Museum of Spokane closed it's doors and the collection was integrated with the Mobius Kids.
There are several towns in the Spokane vicinity which can be easily visited as a day trip.
The town of Colville is located in the northeastern corner of Washington State. The town offers a range of interesting sights for visitors. The area around Colville has a number of lakes, campgrounds, groomed trails in the winter for snowmobiling. Also nearby is the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge. For a historical perspective, check out the Keller Historic Park.
Keller Heritage Center Museum and Park
The Keller Heritage Center Museum and Park includes a lot more than just the 1910 Keller House. The complex also features a number of pioneer buildings, and information on pioneer life and Native American history.
Address: 700 North Wynne Street, Box 25, Colville, WA 99114-2258, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Sep 30: 10am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-4pm; Fri: 1pm-4pm; Sat: 1pm-4pm
Entrance fee in USD: Family $10.00, Adult $5.00, Senior $3.00, Child 18 & under $2.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Open October-April by appointment.
The small town of Metaline Falls is located in the far northeastern corner of Washington State, on the Pend Oreille River. The town has a number of historic buildings and a strong arts community.
Boundary Dam is located along the Pend Oreille River. This massive electrical generating facility has seen some restrictions due to security concerns in recent years. There is an observation deck, although access to the Boundary Dam sight may be limited. Check ahead before visiting.
Gardner Cave, near Metaline Falls, can be visited on a guided tour. Located within Crawford State Park, Gardner Cave is the third longest limestone cavern in the state, and boasts all the usual rock formations, with stalactites, stalagmites, and more.
The little town of Chewelah is located north of Spokane, in the north-east of Washington. Within the surrounding area are a number of recreational opportunities, including skiing during the winter months.
49 Degrees North Ski Area
Lincoln County Historical Museum, Davenport
Lincoln County Historical museum in Davenport is a nice diversion for visitors passing through the town. The museum looks at the history of Davenport, displaying Indian artifacts, agricultural displays, and information on the railroad.
The town of Cheney is probably best known for being the home of Eastern Washington University. Cheney is less than a half an hour drive from the city of Spokane.
Turnbull National Wildlife
The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge protects habitat used by a declining population of waterfowl. The area encompasses marshes and wetlands, and can be appreciated best by taking advantage of some of the walking trails or the auto route that runs through the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
Cat Tales Zoological Park, Mead
Cat Tales Zoological Park in Mead started as a zoo for large cats, and began with only four cats in 1991. The zoo has grown in leaps and bounds since then, with a large collection of cats, including lions, tigers, pumas, lynx, bobcats, and a wide variety of other animals. The zoo also offers educational programs, including zoo school.