Spokane is the geographic and economic hub of the Inland Northwest, a region of 36 counties and provinces in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. Known for its rolling wheat fields, snow-capped mountains, lush forests and pristine lakes, Spokane is a remarkable place to live. But it’s a remarkable place to work as well. In 2008, Forbes Magazine ranked Spokane one of the top 10 Cities for Business and Careers.
The Spokane area boasts more than 60 city and county parks, with the garden-rich Manito Park as the crown jewel. Downtown’s Riverfront Park, the site of the 1974 World's Fair, features over 50 acres of greenery that hosts countless entertainment and community activities, and the rustic Riverside State Park offers more than 1,000 scenic acres available for camping, horseback riding and hiking. If that weren’t enough, there are 12 national parks within a day’s drive to ensure year-round outdoor enjoyment for residents and visitors alike.
Spokane hosts a variety of sporting events and entertainment. The Veterans Memorial Arena is home to both the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club and the Spokane Shock Arena2 Football team. Avista Stadium in Spokane Valley is The Spokane Indians Baseball Club’s home field. Recreational sports include fishing, boating, hiking, cycling, skiing and golfing – with the nearby Coeur d'Alene Resort ranking second only to Pebble Beach as the country’s best resort golf course. Spokane is also home to Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, and Bloomsday, the second-largest timed road race in America. In addition, neighboring Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, plays yearly host to the Ironman Triathlon competition.
Outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find countless opportunities to get outside and break a sweat, whether it's kayaking, rafting, skiing (snow or water), hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking.
Education plays a vital role throughout the Spokane region. Public and private primary and secondary schools produce students who are consistently ranked in the upper range of national scholastic ratings. Four universities and two community colleges offer graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as continuing education classes.
Spokane is four-season country, with each page of the calendar bringing something new to our unique lifestyle. Situated between the Rocky and Cascade mountain ranges, Spokane is immune from both damp coastal weather and Midwest-style winters. Alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular winter activities, and spring and summer offer no less a variety of ways to spend your day.
Broadway-based shows make frequent stops in Spokane, and local actors show off their talent in several venues as well. The Spokane Symphony performs yearly classical and pops series, and both regularly feature nationally-renowned guest performers. The First Friday art walk allows local artists to showcase their talent in downtown galleries each month.