Idaho. It's also known for its quaint downtown.
About 88 miles from Spokane, the largest electric power-producing facility in the U.S., and one of the largest concrete structures in the world. A laser light show is sometimes held after dark on summer nights (check schedule).
Originally known for its funny name and famous sweet onions, traditional crops have been replaced by the vineyards of over 100 area wineries. Due to the distance (157 mi/256 km) and large number (for its size) of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts, many visitors stay overnight. If too pricey, accommodation in Pendleton, Oregon is much cheaper.
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county seat of Spokane County, Washington, United States
The city is pronounced as "spo-CAN," but often mispronounced as "spo-CAIN." Its nickname is "The Lilac City". Spokane is named for a local Salish-speaking tribe of Native Americans who frequented the area. The spelling is weird because the original spelling, Spokan, was given an e by the adoption of the name of the original building, Spokane House, which was a trapping house.
The city is the economic and transportation hub of a surrounding agricultural area that serves roughly 1.5 million people, and the county seat of Spokane County. The immediate metropolitan area is home to roughly 500,000 citizens and the city proper is home to over 200,000. It is a rather conservative area, with a liberal city proper, and has a fairly small racial minority population (around 10%).
Spokane receives only a fraction of the rain that falls in Seattle and western Washington. However, winters are a lot colder with much more snowfall. Summers are hotter, but still more mild and less humid that those in the Midwest and East.
Although the destinations of Seattle, Portland, Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helens are popular with locals, these are not day trips, and even a two-day excursion will seem rushed. The distance to Mt. St. Helens is easily underestimated, as the only access is from I-5 between Seattle and Portland (with substantial backtracking).
The area to the west and south before the mountain ranges can be considerably hotter in summertime than it is in Spokane. Bring plenty of drinking water.
- Being in the foothills of the Rockies, Spokane has excellent skiing in the wintertime, including cross-country. An hour's drive north of city takes you to its most cherished ski resort; Mt. Spokane Ski Resort
- Also, 40 minutes east of downtown is the lakefront tourist town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It's also known for its quaint downtown.