Only have a weekend to spend in Spokane? It’s easy to get a lot accomplished here in 48 hours, thanks to a compact, foot-friendly downtown and quick-hit doses of nature nearby.
7:00pm: Start at the iconic twin smokestacks of the Steam Plant downtown for dinner and locally brewed beer.
8:30pm: Wander among turn-of-the-twentieth-century brick and masonry buildings to the historic Davenport Hotel. Sip cocktails in the Gilded Age grandeur of the Peacock Room Lounge.
[Tip: For a budget room with a million-dollar view, check into the Red Lion at the Park, which sits in the heart of Spokane’s Riverfront Park just upstream from the second-largest urban waterfalls in the country.]
9:00am: Meander down Main Street for breakfast at Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, or pick up groceries for the road at the Main Market Co-Op. For coffee, step next door to Boots Bakery and Lounge for local brews and baked goods, including a nice selection of gluten-free and vegan treats.
11:00am: Explore Riverfront Park, the physical and cultural heart of downtown Spokane. Take a ride in the SkyRide Gondola or feel the spray of Spokane Falls from Huntington Park.
1:00pm: Head west of downtown, to the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood, to check out the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Be sure to make time to tour the historic Campbell House.
4:00pm: Tour the family- and photographer-friendly Manito Park and Botanical Gardens in the historic Manito neighborhood.
7:00pm: Flower fix sated, stop at the Manito Tap House for locally sourced gastropub fare and fifty rotating taps.
9:00pm: Catch live entertainment from up-and-coming touring acts and open-mic hopefuls at the all-ages Bartlett.
9:00am: Begin the day at Frank’s Diner, Spokane’s iconic rail-car restaurant. The waiting list fills up quick here.
11:00am: Head to Riverside State Park, the state’s second-largest state park, for a walk among basalt buttes and towering ponderosas.
4:00pm: Grab post-hike pizza and beers at the Flying Goat in the Audubon neighborhood.