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THOUGH CALLED “The Lilac City” for the purple blooms that thrive in the area, Spokane gets its name from the nearby Native American tribe of the same name, which means “Children of the Sun” in Salish.

Bing Crosby grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University before going on to stardom.

The first official celebration of Father’s Day was in Spokane on June 19, 1910.

In 1974 the city became the smallest to host the World’s Fair. Riverfront Park (spokaneriverfrontpark.com) is home to a century-old carousel, a trash-eating goat sculpture, and a gondola that stretches across the river.

In Colville, streetlamp poles feature silhouettes of local scenes and animals, while the base of the Historic Colville Clock Tower is encircled by a Native American fisherman, a logger, a miner, and a trapper, and top features an eagle’s nest.

The 50-million-year-old rose-shaped fossils on display at the Stonerose Interpretive Center (stonerosefossil.org) aren’t roses at all, but a variety of cocoa tree. —ANNE LARKIN

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Urbane Spokane

The metropolitan center of the Inland Northwest, Spokane is a launching pad both for outdoor activities (kayaking, skiing, and hiking, to name a few) and for urban adventures.

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Lake Roosevelt

Dip your toe into the brisk water of Lake Roosevelt, and a refreshing chill will run to your head.

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Wild at Heart

SPOKANE may be the second-largest city in Washington, but it also offers outdoors opportunities in abundance. For starters, 10,000-acre Riverside State Park offers canoeing and kayaking along the Little Spokane River...

Northern Heights

Tracking heritage in Northeast Washington

Good Sports

Play your way in Spokane.

Facts and Fables

THOUGH CALLED The Lilac City for the purple blooms that thrive in the area, Spokane gets its name from the nearby Native American tribe of the same name, which means Children of the Sun in Salish.

Final Frontier

Traversing the Northwests Inland Empire.

Time Honored

MORE THAN 50 percent of downtown Spokanes buildings have historic significance. In addition to the iconic Davenport Hotel and Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, here are five not to miss...

Dam Washington

A WHOPPING 1,165 dams line Washingtons waterways, from small irrigation dams, like the five-foot Horn Rapids Dam that fills channels on either side of the Yakima River, to the more than 70 hydroelectric dams that help power cities on both sides of the Cascade curtain.

Sense of Spokane

TASTE TO TOUCH and everything in between, these Spokane attractionsgive a new feel for the Pacific Northwest.

Farm to Table

With Idaho to the east and Canada to thenorth, this corner of the state dishes upa smorgasbord of eats from near and far.

Natural Lights

The International Selkirk Loopa 280- mile scenic byway that skirts rivers, lakes, and the Selkirk Mountainsencompasses Highways 20 and 31 in Washington and winds through two states and British Columbia.

Inland Northwest

The northeast corner of the state is a rural patchwork full of small towns, lofty mountains, and wide-open spaces.

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Colville Chamber of Commerce


Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

509-447-5812, 877-818-1008

Republic Regional Visitors & Convention Bureau


Visit Spokane