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Spokane Recreation and Restaurants

Spokane Recreation and Restaurants

Top 10 Attractions Within an Hour of Spokane

Riverfront Park (15 minutes) Located on the site of the Expo 74 World's Fair in downtown Spokane, this 100-acre park offers broad green lawns along the Spokane River, gondola rides, the 1909 historic Looff Carousel, and an IMAX theatre. (Free-$$)

Centennial Trail (15 minutes) Walk or run along any point of Spokane's 37.5-mile-long trail. Along the path you'll encounter overlooks for Spokane Falls, the heart of downtown Spokane, and the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park. (Free)

Green Bluff (15 minutes) Pick raspberries, cherries, apricots and other fresh fruit in season, or sample a fresh pie at one of 27 family farms in the area. (Free - $$)

Manito Park (20 minutes) A nationally known park recognized for its diverse horticultural displays, Manito Park, established in 1904, is one of Spokane's primary showplaces. The park, comprising five major gardens, a duck pond, and rolling, grassy hills, is a great place for a picnic or just to spend a lazy afternoon. (Free.)

Little Spokane River (15 minutes) The Little Spokane River offers excellent hiking as well as a small swimming and picnicking area; it's great if you want a short drive and a quick dip. Please note that a Washington parks parking pass is required for the adjacent lots. (Free)

River Park Square (15 minutes) River Park Square is a shopping, dining, and entertainment center in downtown Spokane that features 60 retail stores, an AMC movie theatre, and festive seasonal events. Parking options include a multi-level garage and metered parking spots; depending upon which you choose, an afternoon's parking will cost around $2-7.50. (Free-$$)

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (20 minutes) Explore Pacific Northwest history, Native American culture, and art that reflects a variety of media and eras at this beautiful museum in Spokane's historic Browne's Addition. Street parking is limited, so allow yourself plenty of time to find a space. ($)

Bowl and Pitcher Area at Riverside State Park (20 minutes) Hikers can begin at the Bowl and Pitcher's footbridge and hike past the rapids of the Spokane River. A Washington Parks parking pass is needed for most lots. (Free)

Lake Coeur d'Alene (45 minutes) Enjoy one of the areas most  beautiful lakes, Coeur d'Alene, either from the beach and shops along the lakeshore or aboard one of the many available boat cruises. (Free - $$$)

Silverwood Theme Park  (1 hour, 15 minutes) The Northwest's largest theme park features a 60-mile-per-hour roller coaster, a gigantic wave pool and exciting water slides, a vintage steam train, professional entertainment and much more. ($$)

Restaurant Options

Restaurants within walking distance of Whitworth

McClain's Pizzeria

Red Robin (burgers, fish & chips, salads, desserts)

O'Doherty's Irish Grille (traditional Irish fare; sandwiches)

Wasabi Bistro (Asian, sushi bar)

Didier's Yogurt (frozen yogurt, sandwiches, hamburgers)

Pleasant Blends (coffee, sandwiches, soup)

Restaurants within driving distance of Whitworth

Tomato Street (traditional Italian dishes)

Bennidito's Pizza

D. Lish Hamburgers (old-fashioned hamburgers & fries)

Rockwood Bakery (breads and pastries, coffee, lunch items)

The Flying Goat (artisanal pizzas and other casual foods)

The Mustard Seed (Asian)

Thai Bamboo

Rocky Rococo (pizza, sandwiches)

Zola (pub food, live music every night)

Madeleine's Café & Patisserie (classic French fare)

Frank's Diner (diner food; known especially for breakfasts)

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Questions? Please contact WIM at or 509.777.3275.