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List of Cheerful Sights I Discovered in Spokane


ROSANNE LIM
Posted 08/12/2010

Are you yearning of a place where the indoor and outdoor possibilities are limitless? Do you crave for a place with an idyllic climate that has been blessed with an average 260 days of sunshine a year? If the description above sounds unattainable, don't fret. You can have all that and more in Spokane. The city is blessed with greenery, abundance of natural resources, and floras and faunas that surely flourishes all year round. The city was once a center for fur trading but today, it is the financial center of eastern Washington. So what else has Spokane to offer?

Spokane was known in various ways: it is the Lilac city, named after the flowers that have flourished since their introduction to the area in the early 20th century; if you get lucky enough to witness the event, grab the chance to get acquainted with the locals and converse with them and might as well ask about the story behind Spokane as the so-called Birthplace of Father's Day.

For couples out there who want to enjoy the day walking, biking, and canoeing, the Centennial Trail is the perfect destination for you. For an outdoor enthusiast like me, the trail offers intriguing options. Running, cycling, and skating are just some of the things you can do here. Spokane is also dotted with shimmering lakes so there are many establishments that take advantage of its natural features. Golfing, mountain climbing, boating and fishing are all common activities. Cyclists should also check out South Hill, it features about eight miles of challenging single and double track riding.

If you're exhausted and want to relax a bit after a long walk or running you may head off to the Riverfront Park, it will give you a perfect view of the famous Spokane falls. It is also perfect place for families for it holds a number of attractions including the Sky ride, an amusement park, and an IMAX Theater, and

Parents can also leave their kids at the Carousel where they can participate in a ring toss. Then the parents can wander off into the European-style Duncan Gardens, take photos, and enjoy a scent of the cherry blossom in the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden. You can still enjoy more of the notable parks in Spokane like the Manito Park and Riverside State Park. Meanwhile, I would recommend visiting the John A. Finch Arboretum, they feature a variety or rare and native trees and wildlife here.

Spokane features yearly events that attract people from all over. Some of its main events include the the Lilac Bloomsday Run, Spokane International Film Festival, and the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It features contemporary, independent films of interest to the gay and lesbian community.

Even if your arrival is not during the peak season, you are bound to enjoy the delights offered by Spokane. It has everything a person needs in a vacation: natural wonders, amenities, and perfect weather. So the next time you're feeling down and out, give Spokane a visit to lift your spirits up.