Museums and nature hikes in Spokane, in northeastern Washington.

By Travel & Leisure
September 10, 2012
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Spokane’s urbane pleasures—a great museum, elegant hotels—are as compelling as its proximity to natural beauty. Its name is derived from the native Salish Indians’ word for “Children of the Sun,” and indeed, Washington’s second-largest city is sunny much of the year, making it ideal for weekends planned around hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing, and more, all of which spin off from its eponymous river.

Kayak Coeur d'Alene

Paddle northern Idaho’s gorgeous Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Get your regional-history fix here.

Centennial Trail

Pedal the western segment of the Centennial Trail to Nine Mile Falls.

Mary Lou's Milk Bottle

Thick milkshakes and juicy burgers are the draws at this greasy spoon.

Wild Sage Bistro American Bistro

Go for the B.L.A.T (brown-sugar-glazed bacon, organic greens, and avocado on a baguette).

Hotel Lusso

The hotel's rooms have high ceilings, crown molding, and marble soaking tubs.

The Davenport Hotel

The hotel, partly occupying a sparkling new tower, has a small pool and a day spa.