Spokane: The heart of the Inland Northwest
Sunny, sporty, smart and welcoming describe the heart and soul of this city and the surrounding region. Once a rip-roaring frontier town, Spokane grew into its own as a mining and timber powerhouse in the mid to late 1800s. The city was incorporated in 1881 and today the region’s economic power lies in health care, education, technology, manufacturing and finance, and retail. Agriculture remains a strong foundation.
Spokane is the Inland Northwest’s major medical center, with six world-class hospitals ranging from specialty centers to children’s care facilities.
Historically beautiful, easy to navigate and vibrant day or night, downtown Spokane anchors the region drawing nearly three million visitors a year to concerts, shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment. Conventions are also big business here and attract thousands of delegates annually. In recent years, Spokane has hosted NCAA Cross Country and Men’s Basketball Championships, U.S. Olympic team trials for women’s boxing and U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Featuring 42 of the best skaters in the world, the 2016 Team Challenge Cup figure skating competition will be held here. In 2015, the summer’s annual Hoopfest grew so big it was broadcast live on ESPN.
When we’re looking for adventure, we head for the lakes, rivers, mountains and trails in nearby Riverside State Park, Dishman Hills Natural Area, Mt. Spokane or surrounding national forests and nature preserves. When the fairways call, you may find us at one of more than 35 affordable, picturesque public and private golf courses – ranked in the top 100 by Golf Digest – all within easy driving distance.
And when we want to hit the open road, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Missoula, Vancouver, Calgary or the Washington and Oregon coasts are all just a few hours’ drive away.