Located 280 mi/450 km east of Seattle and 18 mi/30 km from the state border with Idaho, Spokane, Washington, offers an abundance of activities for visitors, from hiking and skiing to boating and fishing to shopping and dining. The city also provides plenty of cultural, arts and entertainment options.
Spokane is the commercial center of an agricultural region and serves as a gateway to the recreation areas of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana.
The first European trading post in the Pacific Northwest was established in the Spokane area in 1810.
Some of the region's early history is on display at the restored Fort Spokane, which was built in the 1880s to keep the peace between Native Americans and white settlers.
The Campbell House was constructed in 1898 by a wealthy Spokane resident and has been restored to its former glory. More vintage homes can be found along Riverside Avenue, in the Browne's Addition Historic District and in the neighborhood known as "the Hill."
Spokane's Gonzaga University is home to the Crosby Library, which displays an Oscar, gold records and other mementos that belonged to alumnus Bing Crosby, who was born in Tacoma, Washington, and grew up in Spokane.
The Spokane area also offers several award-winning wineries, and nearly 30 family farms at the base of Mount Spokane allow you to pick your own produce.
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