Things To Do In Spokane

From dining, to shopping, to outdoor activities, there is always something to do no matter the season.

Visiting the Pacific Northwest

Spokane, Washington, located near the heart of the Inland Northwest, is home to nearly 200,000 residents and has more than 470,000 living in the surrounding area. Our city serves as a shopping, entertainment, sports, and medical hub for an area that includes Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, North Idaho, Western Montana, and southern portions of Alberta and British Columbia. The Spokane River runs through our downtown with spectacular waterfalls running through the downtown core—all surrounded by beautiful Riverfront Park.

Spokane is an outdoor-lover's paradise, with downhill and cross-country skiing, white-water rafting, camping areas, hiking trails, numerous lakes, and the Centennial Trail (a 61-mile paved bike trail system) all in our backyard. We are home to Bloomsday, the largest timed road race in the nation, as well as Hoopfest, the largest three-on-three street basketball tournament in the world. Ironman is held each year in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—just a 30-minute drive away.

Spokane is famous for our dedicated sports fans. MarketWatch named us as the 2011 Ten Best Minor League Sports Markets—partly due to our Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock and the Class-A Spokane Indians, who’ve been playing baseball there since 1946. Our Texas Rangers-affiliated Indians Baseball Team have led the Northwest League in attendance for the past 12 years, while the Shock are the AFL’s best-attended team from a minor-league market, playing at near capacity for the past five years. Our die-hard fans also consistently fill the seats for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Eastern Eagles, and Washington State Cougars. Here in Spokane, sports reign supreme. Learn more about regional sports facilities.

Top 5 Reasons Spokane is Great for Sports

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    THE ULTIMATE SPORTS COMMUNITY

    MarketWatch named Spokane as the 2011 Ten Best Minor League Sports Markets—partly due to our popular Chief's Hockey Team and the Class-A Spokane Indians, who’ve been playing baseball here since 1946. There are no shortage of college sports including the winning Gonzaga Bulldogs, Eastern Eagles, and Washington State Cougars. We are also home to Bloomsday, the nation's largest road race, Spokane Hoopfest, the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament as well as Ironman, which is held each year in Coeur d'Alene—just a few miles away.

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    TRAVEL MADE EASY

    From the airport, it's only 10 minutes to beautiful downtown Spokane. Conveniently located just seven miles west of town, Spokane International Airport (GEG) is the second largest airport in Washington State. Spokane is located along the I-90 corridor makes it an easy drive from Seattle, Montana, or Canada. Learn more about traveling to Spokane.

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    AFFORDABLE LUXURY

    Spokane has hotel properties for every taste and budget. With over 7,000 hotel rooms in the region, you can choose from five-star historic boutique hotels, to state-of-the-art modern luxury. Beautiful, comfortable facilities, delicious food, affordable rates, and friendly professional staff are just a few of the things visitors frequently mention. Plus, room rates are traditionally lower than larger metropolitan areas.

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    THE PERFECT LANDSCAPE FOR SPORTS

    The Pacific Northwest offers outdoor sports lovers the ultimate jumping-off point for adventure. With five local ski resorts, over three dozen golf courses, hundreds of miles of paved bike routes, and 76 area lakes and rivers, Spokane takes outdoor sport to a new level. Although, we champion many indoor tournaments, many of our outdoor events take center-stage. Check out our event calendar.

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    DEDICATED SPORTS EXPERTS AT YOUR SERVICE

    No matter if it is marketing, event logistics, or hotel coordination, we offer an unparalleled level of service to our sports clients. With the help of our dedicated local sports clubs combined with the staff of Spokane Sports Commission, we offer the experience and expertise that will take your tournament or event to the next level. Meet the Sport Commission Staff.

AIRLINES SERVING SPOKANE

Alaska Airlines

Delta Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United/United Express Airlines

Sky West Airlines

US Airways

RENTAL CAR PROVIDERS

On-Site Airport

Thrifty Car Rental

National Car Rental

Dollar Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Off-Site Airport

Thrifty Car Rental

Budget Car & Truck Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Hertz Rent-a-Car

 

Travel and Lodging

GETTING HERE

Car Travel and Rentals

Exploring Spokane and the surrounding area by vehicle is the most convenient way to get around. Spokane is located on the 1-90 corridor, making it an easy drive from anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia. Car rentals are available at the Spokane International Airport as well as several offsite locations.

Air Travel

The Spokane International Airport (GEG) is conveniently located only 7 miles from downtown Spokane. All major hotels provide shuttle service to and from the Airport. Spokane International Airport is a commercial service airport served by six airlines and two air cargo carriers. It is the second largest airport in the State of Washington and recognized by the FAA as a small hub.

Ground Travel

Spokane is served by both Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses. The intermodal Transportation Center is located in the heart of downtown Spokane. Learn more about train and bus schedules.

Bus and Public Transportation

With 40 routes and service 7 days a week, the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) is a inexpensive way to get around Spokane. Fixed route service for Spokane Transit includes the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Spokane, and Spokane Valley. These services include connections between downtown Spokane and the Spokane International Airport, major shopping malls, area colleges and universities, and Fairchild Air Force Base. For more information please visit their website at: www.spokanetransit.com.

LODGING

Hotel Accommodations

Spokane County has over 6,800 rooms located throughout the area. A short 30-minute drive away, Kootenai County, Idaho features 2,000 more. The Sports Commission works closely with each of our hospitality partners ensuring that we get the best accommodations at the very lowest rate for every official, coach, and athlete visiting Spokane for an athletic event. Check out specific event details on the event calendar to view participating hotels. Learn more about lodging accommodations in the region.

 

Thank you to our community partners.

About Spokane Sports Commission

Sports don't just entertain. They improve communities. They drive economies. And no other organization brings sports events to the Inland Northwest like the Spokane Sports Commission. We are a nonprofit coalition of regional government; business and volunteers committed to recruiting and developing sports events. With these events come tourism dollars, entertainment and media attention attracting sports fans from around the world. Business wins. Kids win. Fans win, our region wins.

714 N Iron Bridge Way, Suite 202 | Spokane, WA 99202
509.456.5812  |  www.spokanesports.org

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