Spokane lies almost 300 miles east of Seattle making it a 5 hour drive without stops. It seems even farther because the 2 cities are so different from each other: in geography, size, weather, traffic, and even politics. On a recent trip to Montana we decided to spend the night in Spokane and visit Riverfront Park, site of the 1974 World’s Fair, Expo ’74. Better late than never.
The weather had been dreary on the way over but we woke up the next morning to sunshine and blue skies. Spokane is like that, receiving an average 16″ a year of rainfall, compared to Seattle’s 36″. (Though Spokane makes up for it in snow.)
We made the easy drive downtown and found Riverfront Park shrouded in construction as part of a multi-year renovation project. Still much of it was accessible and we started our visit at the 1902 Clock Tower.
And stopped to see the iconic Giant Red Wagon, the world’s largest Radio Flyer.
(Look closely and you will see my traveling companion in the wagon. No, he didn’t take the slide down.)
We walked along the Spokane River, crossing the pedestrian bridges and admiring the Falls below.
We would have braved the Sky Ride had it been running. Maybe next time.
Spokane, like Seattle suffered a major fire in 1889. The foundations of the old water pumping plant can be seen along the river. A plump marmot called it home.
Though I love my hometown of Seattle, I understand the appeal of Spokane. Better weather for one. Less traffic for two. And it maintains a small town atmosphere. It will be worth a return visit to enjoy the Park after construction is complete.
P.S. The link below describes the renovation project in more detail.