Nicknamed the "City of Lilacs," Spokane is the largest city in the Inland Northwest and the second largest city in the state of Washington. An economic hub surrounded by farmland, Spokane offers visitors access to great local foods, a bustling downtown and beautiful parks.

WHAT TO DO

Home to the 1974 World's Fair, the Riverfront Park near downtown Spokane is beautifully maintained recreation area. The pavilions from the fair are still there and there are lovely riverside trails and grassy knolls to enjoy. Manito Park's steep hills make it the sledding spot in Spokane. In the summer you can visit the beautiful rose or Japanese Gardens.

Spokane is also home to the largest arch bridge in the country. Walk across the Monroe Street Bridge and take in the great views of the Spokane River falls. Visitors to Spokane can also golf at one of the 33 golf courses within a short drive of the city center, attend the Lilac Festival the third week in May, watch Hoopfest, the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the U.S., the last week in June (teams play on courts spread throughout downtown), or shop in the River Park Square in downtown.

GETTING THERE

Spokane is home to an international airport (airport code GEG) that operates regular flights to hub cities of Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Sacramento. With connections to these major hub cities, it is fairly easy to get a flight to Spokane. If you are driving to the airport, you can reserve Spokane airport parking in advance and save both time and money.

WHERE TO STAY

Spokane is home to a host of chain and budget hotels. There are a few luxury options, and Spokane's Davenport Hotel was actually rated one of the Top 10 hotels in the country last year. So, whether you are looking for something budget or high end there are plenty of hotels in Spokane to choose from. For those looking to spend less money, there are also a few hostels in Spokane where shoestringers can stay for under $30/night.