Spokane means “Children of the Sun” and was founded in 1872 as Spokan Falls. Spokane is known as the birthplace of Father’s Day, and our conference will start on Father’s Day 2018, Sunday June 17. Spokane is home to four universities and is the economic and cultural center of the Inland Northwest. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family and children, interested in outdoor activities or museums, Spokane has something for everyone.
If you are traveling with children, Riverfront Park, a 100-acre showcase for Spokane Falls, includes walking paths, playgrounds, the historic Looff Carrousel, and the SkyRide, a 15-minute gondola ride over the falls. Also nearby are the Mobius Science Center and Mobius Children’s Museum.
If you like outdoor activities, you can rent kayaks or enjoy whitewater rafting in the Spokane River. If you prefer your recreation on land, you can hike or bike at nearby Riverside State Park, which is the largest state park in Washington and close to downtown Spokane. There is also the Centennial Trail, a 37-mile paved recreational trail that goes from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, through Spokane, and on to the Washington / Idaho state line. The trail continues another 24 miles beyond the Washington state border into Idaho as the North Idaho Centennial trail through Post Falls and into Coeur d’Alene.
Spokane also offers museums, gardens, wineries, breweries, and many great restaurants. You can check out the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (or MAC), for example, which specializes in art and regional history. The five-acre MAC campus includes the Campbell House, a preserved residence from the 1900s. Manito Park offers five major garden areas including Japanese, rose, and lilac gardens. There are more than 20 area wineries and more than 40 breweries in Spokane. We will offer an optional wine and beer tour for conference attendees.