Spokane Area Information:
Spokane is a hub for business, retail and financial services, and provides the majority of secondary and tertiary health care services to a 36-county region encompassing parts of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alberta. The Inland Northwest region extends across 80,000 square miles and is home to over two million residents who live, work and enjoy this recreational paradise.
The topography of the land varies from rolling wheat fields to snow-capped mountains, from lush forests to deserts, and from pristine lakes to raging rivers. To the west lies the gradually sloping Columbia River Basin; the land north toward Canada is a forested mountainous region; to the east the precipitous Rocky Mountains thrust toward the heavens; and the rolling hills of the Palouse to the south are the world’s largest producer of peas and lentils, as well as wheat and a variety of local produce.
facts and information about Spokane:
Few places in the U.S. can lay claim to the vast amount of activities that the Spokane Region brings to the table. What's more, in Spokane it's all just a short drive away. From thrilling whitewater or downhill adventures, to inspiring art and powerful Broadway performances, the Spokane Region offers enough activities to pack any vacation calendar.
Exciting outdoors doesn't even begin to describe what the Spokane Region offers the recreation enthusiast. The Cascade and Rocky Mountains offer a haven for powder hounds in the winter and hikers and bikers in the summer. Seventy-six lakes and rivers offer countless opportunities for raging whitewater, classic kayaking, swimming and fantastic fishing. Prefer playing for par? Step up to the tee at one of 33 courses where challenging play pairs with unrivaled beauty creating an unforgettable golfing experience.
Spokane has the largest number of city parks per capita of any city in the United States. Riverfront Park, one of the most visited, has a spectacular falls, a recreation center, an outside ice-skating rink, and an IMAX theater among other attractions. Centennial Trail, a beautiful 35 mile paved path that runs along the Spokane River, stretches from Riverfront Park all the way to Lake Coeur d’Alene. The trail is available for walking, running, cycling, and roller-blading. The city and county governments maintain a multitude of beautiful, and very reasonably-priced, golfing facilities.
Amazed by the arts? Show some love to your artistic side with a trip to the Spokane Region. Broadway performances, intriguing art galleries, world-class museums and powerful stage performances are waiting to be discovered. Just have to shop? Satisfy your shopping sensation in sparkling new malls, unique boutiques, world-renowned department stores and eclectic antique galleries.
The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena hosts sporting events, concerts and ice shows, including the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and NCAA Division 1 Regional basketball tournaments. Spokane supports four semi-professional sports organizations: the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Team, the Spokane Indians Baseball Team, the Spokane Polo Club, and the Spokane Shock Arena Football Team. The River Park Square downtown mall includes: the Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Abercrombie and Fitch, Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, and a 20-screen AMC theater complex.
No matter if you are coming for visit, planning a convention or considering a move to the Spokane Region, the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to help. Check out the rest of www.visitspokane.com or give us a call at 1-888-SPOKANE.
Additional recreational information for Spokane at: http://www.spokane.wsu.edu/campusresources/Visiting/Recreation.asp.
Per parenting.com Spokane is voted as Best Cities 2010.
An All-American City
Spokane Gets A On Report Card as "Kid Friendly"
Spokane Home to Largest WiFi Hot Zone in Nation
Spokane One of Top Seven Intelligent Communities
Summer weather is ideal for enjoying the many mountain and lake recreational areas. Winter brings snow anytime from November through March, and nearby winter sport areas in the mountains receive 300-400 inches of snow each year, sometimes enjoying a five- to six-month season.