Let’s get right to the point about Spokane: Near nature. Near perfect. It’s a motto that has become the thumb print, the DNA of who and what Spokane itself has become since growing into one of the most visited parts of Washington. The state’ s second largest destination is second to none.

Near nature means the beautiful Spokane River. Starting from its source at nearby Lake Coeur d’Alene, this 111-mile long river rolls right through the middle of the city. Directly in the pinpoint middle, the roaring Spokane Falls are the second-largest urban falls in the U.S. and it’s easy to see why Conde Nast Traveler has named the Spokane Falls SkyRide one of the 12 best gondola rides in the world. Near nature means Manito Park. Completed in 1913 by the Olmsted Brothers (see: “Park, Central”), Manito Park is 90-acres of in-city incredible beauty and variety comprised of five major garden areas. Near nature means rafting, biking, fishing, skiing and all those other things that made Outside Magazine call Spokane one of the Best Towns in the U.S. in 2013.

Near perfect means the tasty, super-tasty, crazytasty culinary scene in Spokane. Yes, we’ve got chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation. We’ve got virtually any style of cuisine. But what Spokane also has is a unique, defined, regional food scene that sets it apart. Near perfect means the Cork District: dozens of local wineries bunched into three clusters, starting with the downtown tasting rooms that make for a perfect sip-and-stroll. Near perfect means the Inland Northwest Ale Trail — 16 craft breweries that specialize in excellence. Beer lovers will love it; beer-don’t-really-carers will find it to be palate-changing!

Our brews, our foods, our golfing, our boating — our everything. The list is inexhaustible. So much to do and so many reasons that Spokane truly is Near Nature. Near Perfect.

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