Spokane, Washington’s second largest city, was vintage crooner Bing Crosby’s hometown, and that feels just right – this is a wholesome burg with a spring in its step. Here, wineries, great restaurants and magnificent old architecture are surrounded by miles of farmland and forests that keep the ambiance pleasantly rural.
The town centers on the grand Riverfront Park, the site of the 1974 World Fair, with gushing Spokane Falls as its highlight. Families will love the gondola ride, carousel and giant Radio Flyer wagon to climb on, but the scenery, sculpture park and friendly locals make this a great stop for all ages. Wander to the historic downtown from here, making sure to poke your head into the antique and majestic Davenport Hotel.
In and around Spokane are a handful of wineries including the hilltop Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, which offers live music through summer. Back in town, enjoy the easy-to-navigate, city-meets-country dining scene offering everything from artisanal beer and pizza to fine fusion and locally sourced Americana fare.