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“More than I expected!”
Review of Downtown Spokane

Ranked #7 of 95 things to do in Spokane
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Owner description: A pleasant bike ride through downtown Spokane: this 9.2-mile trail runs past some of Spokane's historical sites, like Browne's Addition neighborhood and Riverfront Park.
San Francisco, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“More than I expected!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I liked downtown Spokane. I was in Spokane for a conference at the Northern Quest Resort and drove to downtown a few times to explore. The Davenport Hotel is a must see. The main hotel lobby area is incredible and absolutely gorgeous. I had dinner in their 'tower' hotel at the Safari Room at the bar/counter and it was a real happening place. Lots of people for happy hour and very good food, too. Driving around I could see all kinds of restaurants and cafes. There are some adorable boutiques on First and Second Avenues with cute, trendy fashions and a fabulous consignment store (Echo) on Howard, next to a very nice cafe for breakfast or lunch. They have Nordstrom and other 'chain' stores right downtown as well but I prefer the boutiques.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank SFCupCake
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Spokane, Washington
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“Not a fan”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Not much fun , shops are ok but no destination type places down there anymore. Too busy and dirty for me to enjoy.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank KnottyMeadows
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236 reviews
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“Everyday in Spokane”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I'm a bicycle commuter and try to ride a different part of Spokane each day. Very easy. Take a beer pub, winery, food truck self-tour (all or one), enjoy historic buildings, and don't forget the river.

Visited April 2014
Thank Michael E
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Post Falls, Idaho
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642 reviews
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“A Walk in River Front Park will help you forget you are actually in a big city.”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The trail is paved, and park of the Centennial trail that runs all the way to Idaho. You get to enjoy the river, water fowl and the best sight of all is spokane Falls ,located right in the heart of this down town park. Gondola ride, a merry go round, and once the warm weather hits a tram that will give you a tour. I nevr get enough of walking here.

Visited April 2014
Thank wdlander
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Spokane, Washington
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“Great Medical Facilities, Average Neighborhood”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Having lived in Spokane for 8 years now, what stand out are the great medical facilities which are located at the top of the hill in downtown Spokane. The two rival hospitals (Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Medical Center) are so close to each other, very accessible, and visible from the freeway.

These structures are the major landmark of Spokane and I would add that it speak of the main attraction for the City of Spokane. If you need more medical attention than what these two hospitals can give you, the nearest places to go to would be St. Paul, Minnesota to the East, Seattle to the West, and Salt Lake, Utah to the South East.

Because of the presence of these two medical facilities, there are so many hotels and restaurants to choose from. If you love the Arts, Spokane can cater to your needs. If you love the outdoors, there's opportunities for it too. The Spokane River snake through downtown and it's one of the central attractions of this Lilac city. There's all kinds of shops for the shopaholics. Just don't expect the high-end shopping stores you'd find in New York or Las Vegas.

Downtown Spokane has its own problems. Right underneath the freeway bridge is where the bums and the homeless stay. So know the area, don't just walk anywhere. In a city of roughly 350K-400K population, you can expect heavy traffic in peak hours with employees and students on the road. At the tail end of winter season, there are ever present roads that have potholes so be careful when driving. There's a joke where people say there are 2 seasons in Spokane: Winter and Construction. It has its merits.

Overall, it's a nice big little-town that has its own unique charm. It is not near the beach but we're safe from tsunami warnings. Weather-wise Spokane has its freezing temperature which was known to cause electric lines to break and trees to fall, but in summer season, we are so far from the infamous fires that seem to plague the Western part of the United States.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank MimieW
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