Riverside State Park


This park, 6 miles northwest of downtown Spokane, consists of 10,000 acres of protected forest and trails where you can run, walk or cycle to your heart's content. Among the park's natural highlights is the Bowl & Pitcher, a deep gorge with huge boulders at a bend in the river, near the southern entrance. A swinging suspension bridge, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, crosses the river here, and there's a campground nearby.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Spokane attractions

1. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

3.61 MILES

In a striking state-of-the-art building in the beautiful Browne's Addition neighborhood, this museum is well worth a visit. It has one of the finest…

3. Spokane Falls

4.14 MILES

The Upper and Lower Falls of the Spokane River, conveniently located right downtown, are not only visually impressive but also quite refreshing in summer,…

4. Sculpture Walk

4.22 MILES

There are 17 sculptures to peruse as you wander through Riverfront Park.

5. Spokane Falls SkyRide

4.24 MILES

If the view from the bridge isn't quite enough for you, hop onto a gondola for a brief, if scenic, 15-minute ride over Lower Spokane Falls.

6. Pavilion


The kitschy Pavilion is a small amusement park in summer and an ice rink in winter. At the time of research it was part of the section of Riverfront that…

7. Riverfront Park

4.31 MILES

The site of the 1974 World's Fair and Exposition, this downtown park has numerous highlights, including a 17-point Sculpture Walk and the scenic Spokane…

8. Looff Carousel

4.32 MILES

Like a relic from an old-fashioned fairground, this 1909 hand-carved carousel is a kids' classic and, along with the larger-than-life Radio Flyer Wagon…