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The Great Northern clocktower in Spokane’s Riverfront Park is one of the last remaining hints of the rail yards that ran through downtown from the turn of the century through the early 70’s.‘s. Cleaned up and transformed into a 100 acre site for the Expo; 74 World’s Fair, Riverfront Park’s clocktower chimes on the hour and is a centerpiece visible from many parts of the city. A two minute walk from the Convention Center, the park is the perfect place to stroll between sessions. And the floating stage, outdoor amphitheater, covered patios and pavilions make great offsite venues for events from 10 delegates to 2,500.
See? It’s not a volcano. The interesting metalwork tent was once covered with canvass and served as the US Pavillion Pavilion at the Expo; 74 World’s Fair. In winter, the Pavillion Pavilion has one of America’s best outdoor ice skating rinks according to Kristi Yamaguchi (Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Figure Skating). In summer, the Pavillion Pavilion is home to a variety of amusements and rides. Year round, the Imax theater in the screens the terrific movies for every age.
Hoopfest, the world’s largest three on three basketball tournament started right here in Spokane. With more than 276,000 players, 22500,000 fans and 428 450 courts spanning 420 downtown city blocks, Hoopfest is one of Spokane’s legendary events.

And speaking of basketball, have you heard about our basketball team at Gonzaga University? Gonzaga’s Bulldogs have a habit of bringing March Madness right here to Spokane. Their numerous appearances at the NCAA playoffs have put Gonzaga and Spokane on the national radar!
Spokane’s Silver LEED Certified Convention Center is just two blocks fromin the heart of downtown’s great shopping, dining and entertainment areas. and dining districts. The center offers meeting rooms with sweeping river views, a state of the art exhibit hall with more than 100,000117,000 square feet of exhibit space, ballrooms from large to small, and a 2,700 seat performance hall. Our eco-friendly complex is just also a few minute’s walk from Spokane’s great convention hotels, an even greener choice for meetings because delegates don’t need to rent a car in Spokane!
Just about the time you’re taking your convention a little seriously, why not lighten-up with a two minute walk to the giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon Slide? The huge wagon makes for a great photo opp and people in Spokane will be glad to snap you posed at the top of the wagon handle. Hard to believe the our convention complex center is right across the street!
In Spokane, it’s easy to shop til you drop! Great stores like Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Williams- Sonoma, Apple and more feature all the latest fashions and home couture. Better yet, unique boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, craft breweries and wine tasting rooms are right in the midst of ourthis dynamic downtown area and it’s all just a two block minute walk from the Convention Center! into the heart of the city.
The Spokane Falls Skyride offers one of the most spectacular views of America’s second largest urban waterfalls. With beautiful views of the city, the Spokane River and Riverfront Park, the gondola is just a five minute walk from the Convention Center and right across the street from downtown’s prime shopping and dining districts.
The Centennial Trail is one of Spokane’s gems, running some 37 miles from west of Spokane all the way to the Idaho border. From your hotel or the convention center it’s so easy to walk, run, skate or bike on the trail. And as you can see, this is the view from our convention center meeting rooms. Not too shabby, eh?
The Spokane River runs through the heart of our city much like the pulse of the people who live here. The river, once the pathway of commerce into Spokane, is now an outdoor oasis inside our urban landscape. Lined with paved pathways, viewpoints and an incredible array of creatures from beavers to bald eagles to osprey, the river woos you with the sounds of rushing water, singing birds and dramatic rapids.
With 22,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, 250 rooms, a high-end spa, 46,000 sq. ft of gaming space and 14 restaurants and lounges, Northern Quest Resort & Casino has it all. The Four Diamond Award-winning-hotel features state of the art technology for any meeting or event. Whether you choose to have a meeting here, stay a few days or come out for a night of play, you’ll leave with one word in mind-"wow."
After a day of meetings, kick it into high gear and head for Spokane County Raceway Park for some fast fun! With a drag strip, half-mile oval track and a 2.3 mile road course, a night at the races is a great way to finish a day of meetings!
Connected to 28 direct fly and non-stop cities, getting to Spokane is so easy with nine seven major airlines offering more than 180 100 flights a day, from destinations around the country! Spokane International Airport (GEG) has rental car service right in the terminal so you can grab your car and go. Better yet, our airport is just ten minutes from downtown, turning your total airport to meeting travel time from hours into minutes.
What are those big rocks, you ask? They are massive volcanic basalt formations known as the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. Just minutes from downtown, Washington’s second largest state park is it’s a recreation destination for camping, hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing and much more!
Spokane’s close proximity to the mountains is the envy of other similar-sized cities. Mt. Spokane State Park is just 30 minutes from downtown and is the largest of Washington’s State Parks at 13,919 acres. Shrug off your day of meetings and shred through awesome powder at the ski and snowboard park which features slopes for all ability levels, a mile-long terrain park for adrenaline junkies and a tubing hill if you’re a kid at heart. (There are four other great ski resorts within 90 minutes of downtown!)
Mirabeau Point Park is a gem in the Spokane Valley, with a sweeping view of the Spokane River, impressive 40ft. waterfall and pond and access to the 37-mile Centennial Trail! Better yet, CenterPlace Regional Event Center is located there as well and it’s an ideal spot for a business reception, small meeting or special event.
Just thirty minutes east of Spokane, Coeur d’ Alene and its namesake lake are among the region’s most popular travel destinations. The glacier-fed, 25-mile long lake is a hotspot in the summer and downtown Coeur d’ Alene is just a short walk from the shoreline. Swim, walk the beach, parasail, boat, or take your best shot for the world’s only floating golf green!
Put away your umbrella! Here in Spokane we average 260 days of sunshine per year! In fact, the word Spokane means "Children of the Sun." With four distinct seasons, we know how to work with Mother Nature for any event, rain or shine (but mostly shine!)