The City of Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and the largest city on the northern tier between Minneapolis and Seattle. Also known as the Lilac City, Spokane is located in eastern Washington, approximately 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border. The name of the City was taken from a Native American word meaning “children of the sun,” and with its location on the “sunny side” of the state, Spokane is blessed with more than 260 clear days each year. The area has four distinct seasons and opportunities for spring, summer, fall and winter activities.
The Spokane River runs through the center of the city and bisects the magnificent 100 acre Riverfront Park which was created for Expo 74, a World's Fair event. A grand feature of the river is Spokane Falls, one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States. From Manito Park and Botanical Gardens on the South Hill to Riverside State Park along the northwest border of the city, Spokane offers the outdoors at its finest befitting the community title of “Near Nature, Near Perfect”.
Spokane is home to a variety of annual community events including Bloomsday, the largest timed foot race in the world and Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. As the gateway to the Inland Northwest boasting affordable housing and cost of living, Spokane has been recognized as one of 10 “All America Cities” in 1974, 2004 and 2015. There are many attractions downtown, with places to eat, sleep and play that have helped Spokane become a top destination spot for many tourists. With its natural beauty, arts and cultural fairs, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and world class colleges and universities, Spokane is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a great place to live and play.