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Spokane's people, places and pastimes make it one of the most unique places in the country. From the vibrant Riverfront Park, right on our doorstep, to the shops in the Antique District, Spokane's culture and hidden gems are yours to unlock. Speak with our staff for tips on other local favorites. From where to eat to where to shop, they'll be happy to give you an insider's edge.

Looking for transportation to one of these great destinations? Just zip with us. Zipcars are parked on-site at Hotel RL Spokane at the Park. Whether a quick trip to one of our area destinations, or a multi-day excursion, you've got transportation at a great rate.

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Central Food 1335 S. Summit Pkwy, Spokane WA 509-315-8036 1.06

The newest hit neighborhood bistro! Chef owned and committed to NW cuisine featuring local food. Bread to die for, baked in house

Steam Plant Grill 159 S Lincoln, Spokane WA 509-777-3900 1

Look for the twin 225' smokestacks on the Spokane horizon to guide you to one of the city's most unique landmarks! The old Steam Plant was built in 1916 to provide central steam heat and electrical power to downtown Spokane. Artfully renovated, the historic facility now houses offices, the Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company and the delightful Steam Plant Grill

ZOLA 22 W. Main, Spokane WA 509-624-2416 0.68

Zola is unique! It’s also one of the hottest hang out places in Spokane. Some call it hot because of the raved about happy hour with its ridiculously cheap, fabulously good Tapas and low-price and great drinks. The best happy hour in Spokane, they say.

Rocket Bakery 1325 W 1st, Spokane WA 509-747-1834 1.28

Spokane's own coffee star will give the other "Starring-Bucks" a run for their coffee money! This locally owned coffee/bakery has 8 locations with 3 of them conveniently located downtown. The Rocket Bakery makes their own bakery creations, bagels, tasty sandwiches and soups. They take the cake again and again as a local favorite and you can take the cake, the scones, the banana bread, the cookies or the muffins! Each location offers its own ambience to make you feel like it's a neighborhood shop you can call your own. The friendly staff make you feel welcome in the neighborhood and each is skilled in brewing the perfect cup of Joe.

Auntie's Bookstore & Uncle's Games 402 W Main Ave, Spokane WA 509-838-0206 0.62

Like stories? How about three full stories of new and used books housed in a historic brick building located in the heart of the city! Welcome to Auntie's Bookstore where browsing and reading is the art of the day. This is Spokane's largest independently owned book store. Besides the volumes of books there is an impressive collection of magazine titles, book accessories and a helpful staff that likes to talk about books as much as read them. Many nights feature a book reading and this is the meeting place for bookworms and lovers of all ages.

Boo Radley's 232 N. Howard St, Spokane WA 509-456-7479 0.51

From new vintage lunch boxes and funky cool t-shirts to off the wall weird stuff, this shop is a wild toy experience for kids as well as adults.

Main Street Antiques 7 W. Main St, Spokane WA 509-747-1877 0.69

A unique antique experience starts by just opening the door of Main St Antiques as the sound of trickling water accompanied by the exotic scent of the East beckons further exploration. Once inside, one-of-a-kind things contribute to a one-of-a-kind experience! Antique and vintage are artfully combined with the delightful new. American and Asian antiques are intermixed with new home accessories and artwork. Navajo rugs rest next to complementing rugs from the Orient. Vintage books vie for the eye with contemporary paperbacks and ceramic Asian elephants share space with antlers, figurines and native baskets. A eclectic worldly mix!

Inlander Restaurant Week Downtown Spokane 509-742-9378 0.8

The Inland Northwest has the innovative chefs, great restaurants, imaginative menus and super deals that'll tempt you to try something new. Each participating restaurant has arranged a prix fixe menu for either $18 or $28. The menus feature a minimum of three courses with different options for each course. Choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert and enjoy a multi-course meal for a really affordable price!

Lilac Bloomsday Run 101-291 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA 99201 509-838-1579 0.78

Founder Don Kardong chose the name, which is a joining of Spokane's favorite flower to the word James Joyce scholars use to describe the day events in the novel Ulysses take place. Confused? Intrigued? Read on... According to Kardong, a road race is an odyssey, not unlike the one Ulysses endured in his return to Ithaca after the Trojan War, a journey described in great detail by the Greek poet Homer. In 1917 James Joyce wrote "Ulysses" about one day in the life of a man (Leopold Bloom) in Dublin, Ireland. Bloom spends the day wandering through the streets of Dublin in a rough parallel of his Greek counterpart Ulysses, and that day (June 16) has become known to Joyce scholars and aficionados as "Bloomsday." The 7-1/2-mile odyssey through the streets of Spokane was dubbed The Lilac Bloomsday Run, combining Spokane's moniker "The Lilac City" with the premise of Joyce's novel, which is that ordinary people are involved in unassuming and yet heroic journeys every day of their lives. A citizen who travels 7-1/2 miles on the first Sunday of May encounters trials, hazards and monsters during his or her odyssey through the Lilac City before ending up back home.

The Spokane Lilac Festival 3021 S. REGAL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON 99223 509-535-4554 4.4

Our Mission Statement: Honoring Our Military, Recognizing Our Youth, and Showcasing Our Community... According to local legend, the first lilac bush traveled to Spokane all the way from Minnesota in a trunk in the year 1882 and was planted at an old homestead near Hillyard. Thirteen years later in 1896, the Spokane Floral Association held its first meeting and the Spokane Parks Department began to officially promote Spokane as ‘The Lilac City’. By the early 1930’s, a campaign was underway to plant lilac bushes around the city. As a result of this effort, there were 30 lilacs in Coeur d’Alene Park and 144 at Manito by the end of the decade. The very first Lilac Festival was held the week of May 17th, 1938 and was originally intended to be a flower show. The event blossomed into a small “Flower Festival Parade” with a float designed by Walt Peters and seven decorated automobiles. In 1939, a Tea and Card Party was added (the Spokane Lilac Festival still hosts an annual Tea Party at the Davenport Hotel) and later, the Royalty program. In 1940, Shannon Mahoney from North Central High School was nominated and crowned as Spokane’s first Lilac Queen. In support of the war effort, there were no parades between 1943 and 1945 but the garden clubs remained active in the Spokane community. They held flower shows and gave lilacs to soldiers passing through Spokane on troop trains. On August 31, 1949, Armed Forces Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. Because The Spokane Lilac Festival enthusiastically supported the Military (and still does), they modified the celebration to include an Armed Forces Day Parade. For a few years, there were two parades. Eventually, the military parade and flower parade merged into one and the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade that we all know and love was born. It has become the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the nation. For 77 years, the Spokane Lilac Festival Association has promoted outstanding area youth through the Royalty program, provided support, honor and recognition to our military, and showcased the unique qualities of the city of Spokane with a parade to rival any in the nation with an annual attendance of around 160,000 people. Come join the fun every year during the third weekend in May when the lilacs are in full bloom in historic downtown Spokane and witness the tradition that defined our city over seven decades ago.

Spokane Hoopfest 601 West Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-2414 0.76

Spokane Hoopfest is the biggest 3-on-3 on Earth. That means over 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 42 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment!

Fourth of July Fireworks in Spokane 507 North Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-1341 0.48

Live music, tons of food, group performances and more all leading up to the big event – the Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display. Fireworks begin at 10pm, cost is free.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Spokane 507 North Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-1341 0.48

Live music, tons of food, group performances and more all leading up to the big event – the Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display. Fireworks begin at 10pm, cost is free.

Pig Out in the Park 507 North Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201 509-879-0826 0.48

A five day festival of food that takes place annually in August, Spokane Pig Out in the Park offers booths and live music to bid farewell to summer.

Spokefest 211 North Wall Street Spokane, WA 99201 0.58

This downtown event is perfect for all levels of bikers. Route covers 9, 21 or 50 miles. 2000 riders.

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Wild Sage American Bistro 916 W. 2nd Ave, Spokane WA 99201 509-456-7575 1.1

American, Vegetarian, Fusion

Frank's Diner 1516 W. 2nd Ave, Spokane WA 99201 509-747-8798 1.34

Breakfast, American

Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar 214 N. Howard, Spokane WA 99201 509-747-2004 0.54

American, Vegetarian, Organic

Clinkerdagger 621 Mallon St, Spokane WA 99201 509-328-5965 0.38

American, Seafood

Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie 404 W Main, Spokane WA 99201 509-315-4613 0.61


Rock City Grill 808 W Main Ave, Spokane WA 99201 509-455-4400 0.7


Steelhead Bar & Grille 218 N Howard St Spokane, WA 99201 509-747-1303 0.59

American, Pub

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ROW Adventure Center 209 S Washington, Spokane WA 99201 509-822-7332 1.01

Your one stop resource for outdoor fun in the Inland Northwest! Offering bicycle and paddle board rentals, white water rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing trips as well as guided bicycle, paddle board and walking culinary tours.

Minnehaha Park 5625 E Upriver Dr, Spokane WA 5.23

Minnehaha Park / Beacon Hill is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Spokane, Washington. The trail is primarily used for rock climbing, hiking & mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Centennial Trail 201 W. North River Dr, Spokane WA 0.17

The Spokane River Centennial Trail is a 37 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 trial through Post Falls and into Coeur d'Alene.

Mount Spokane 29500 N Mt Spokane Park Dr, Mead WA 99021 509-238-2220 26.64

Need a lift? Whether you're a snowboard junkie or a skiing newbie, you'll enjoy staying at Red Lion Hotel at the Park, one of the most desirable hotels near Mount Spokane. Less than an hour from Spokane, WA skiing, we're ideally situated amid some of the Northwest's most scenic surroundings which offer seasonal access to Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Don't miss an opportunity to take advantage of picturesque views, outdoor adventures and world-class accommodations at one of the most conveniently located Mount Spokane hotels.

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River Park Square Mall 808 W Main Ave, Spokane WA 99201 509-363-0304 0.7

River Park Square is Spokane’s premier destination for shopping, entertainment and dining in downtown Spokane. At this Spokane mall you can visit AMC 20 Theaters with IMAX, explore artwork at the Kress Gallery, reserve the Fan Suite for a private event or meeting, or shop or dine at one of our many merchants. River Park Square also offers covered parking in addition to shopping in Spokane. Park and save in the covered downtown parking garage with extended hours and validation available through River Park Square merchants.

Finders Keepers 309 W 2nd Ave, Spokane WA 509-838-4590 1.03

This one of a kind shop offers Spokane's largest selection of jewelry from every era. Glitz is in and their vintage rhinestone cases are bursting with sparkle. Not to mention over 5,000 pairs of one of a kind earrings made from vintage parts! Didn't find the perfect one on the rack? Let one of the talented in-store designers make it for you. They also specialize in wedding party and bridal jewelry.

Kizuri 35 W Main Ave, Spokane WA 509-464-7677 0.71

The world of handcrafts is brought right to your hands at this delightful little store. From colorful woven purses and clothing to fabulous fair trade chocolate, there is a worldly treasure for everyone here! Called "Kizuri," which means "good" in Swahili, this little shop is good for the planet, good for people and good for you! This is Spokane's premier "fair-trade-earth friendly" store. That means that each purchase you make is contributing to a fair and livable wage for every artisan. Your purchases help support projects that provide work for people in developing countries so that they may care for themselves and their families.

Merlyn's Science Fiction Fantasy Store 19 W. Main Ave, Spokane WA 509-624-0957 0.71

Need a little comic relief? Like to play games and delve into science fiction and fantasy? Merlyn's will magically take you to another world. From comic books to action figures, games and t-shirts, prepare to enter a place where playing is taken seriously!

Mountain Goat Outfitters 12 W Sprague Ave, Spokane WA 509-325-9806 0.78

All the latest climbing gear is here along with hiking and backpacking equipment galore. Once you have the gear you have to have the right clothes. Not to worry, there is also a nice selection of men's and women's outdoor wear ready for a quick try on.

Flour Mill 621 W Mallon Ave Spokane, WA 99201 509-755-7551 0.38

This unique shopping center, which is home to such stores as Chocolate Apothecary, Kitchen Engine, The Bead Shoppe, Tobacco World, and Clinkerdaggers Restaurant, is located on the north bank of the Spokane River near the Spokane Arena. For more than 100 years, the Flour Mill was just as its name implied — a mill that ground wheat into flour. In 1974, as part of the city's preparation for the World's Fair, the mill was renovated to provide downtown space for eateries and retailers.

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Looff Carrousel Looff Carrousel, Centennial Trail, Spokane, WA 99201 509-625-6601 0.46

Originally placed in Spokane's Natatorium Park in 1909, this landmark features the original figures and a Ruth & Sohn band organ.

Mobius Kids 808 W Main Ave, Spokane WA 99201 509-321-7121 0.67

Mobius Kids Children's Museum is a fun, nurturing place for young children and families to learn and grow through hands-on activities in science, culture and the arts. Exhibits include an open-ended , exploratory art center, a small city, a theater for dress-up play and science centers. Frequent special events include toddler/preschool classes, Legomania and Drop n' Shop. Spring Break classes are geared for children up to age 8. Open holiday Mondays.

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Riverfront Park 507 N Howard St, Spokane WA 99201 509-625-6601 0.48

Historically, Native Americans were drawn to the spectacular Spokane Falls for their summer harvest of salmon. Today, crossing the scenic waterfalls by the SkyRide gondola is only one of the many attractions in Riverfront Park, developed at the site of the 1974 World's Fair Expo. Park walkways and bridges connect with the Centennial Trail as it heads east to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, offering a quick escape from the urban core for joggers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The famous Clock Tower serves as the focal point of the park constructed in 1902. When much of the surroundings were demolished in preparation for Expo '74, the Clock Tower was able to be preserved and served as a reminder of Spokane's railroad history. Luckily, the park is located out our back door and across the river.

Manito Park 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Spokane, WA 99203 509-625-6200 2.22

Take a walk through 90 acres of land covered in exotic flowered garden, trees, greenhouses and take in breathtaking views among regal swans that circle the ponds.

Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane At The Park
303 West North River Drive, Washington, 99201, USA
Phone: (509) 326-8000

Spokane Attractions

  • Riverfront Park: Covering more than 100 acres of flower-bedecked paths, rides, spacious lawns, park benches, and a variety of public art and venues.
  • The Carousel at Riverfront ParkOriginally placed in Spokane's Natatorium Park in 1909, this landmark features the original figures and a Ruth & Sohn band organ.
  • Manito Park: 90 acres of land covered in an exotic flower garden, trees, and greenhouses. Regal swans circle the ponds.


  • River Park Square: A variety of shops, including Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Auntie's Bookstore, Apricot Lane, Apple Store, the North Face, Jos. A. Banks, AMC  I-Max Movie Theater and more.
  • Green Bluff Growers: 15 minutes north of Spokane, Green Bluff Growers hosts fine wineries, antiques, an alpaca ranch, a landscape nursery, U-pick lavender, homemade Italian food and fresh bakery items, gift shops, and Christmas trees.
  • The Flour Mill: Discover Old Spokane at the century-old Flour Mill on the north bank of the Spokane River. The locally-owned shops have unique wares. Find a perfect local gift. 
  • Antique District: Downtown offers a dozen antique stores with an eclectic assortment of treasures.
  • Spokane Valley MallJCPenney, Macy's, Sears, Old Navy, and over 120 Specialty shops. There's also a 12-plex cinema and restaurants.

Annual Events

  • Inlander Restaurant Week10 days. 70 restaurants. 3 courses. All at a preset price.
  • BloomsdayThis 12K run averages 50,000 runners, joggers, and walkers.
  • Lilac FestivalFeaturing the annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parad, the Lilac Festival offers fun and worthwhile activities.
  • Hoopfest: The biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world.  7,000 teams compete on 447 courts, covering 42 square blocks in downtown.
  • Fourth of July FireworksHeld in Riverfront Park. You’ll have a front row seat at Hotel RL Spokane at the Park.
  • Pig Out in the ParkA five day festival of food that takes place annually in August that bids farewell to summer.
  • Spokefest2,000 riders take on three routes of 9, 21, or 50 miles. All levels of bikers can participate. 

Outdoor Recreation

  • Hiking: Northwest of downtown, The Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park offers some of the most scenic hiking and rock formations along the river.
  • White Water Rafting: The Spokane River, despite being an urban river, offers rugged beauty and challenging rapids. Row Adventures lets you explore the river.
  • Fly Fishing: The Spokane River offers unique fly fishing experiences. Several local outfitters are located nearby to get you pointed in the right direction.
  • Paddle Boarding, Canoeing and Kayaking: Boards, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at nearby Mountain Outfitters. There's a new input to the Spokane River directly across from Hotel RL Spokane at the Park.
  • Mountain Biking & Cycling: Hotel RL offers complimentary bikes for cruising downtown. You can also rent mountain bikes downtown to explore the nearby trails.
  • GolfingPack up your clubs. Leave your worries. The Spokane region is a golfer's paradise, with multiple excellent courses.
  • SkiingYou're only 45 minutes from the slopes. Mt. Spokane offers day and night skiing, tubing and, snowboarding passes. Discounts on Lift Tickets are available for Hotel RL guests.