Near the eastern border of Washington, Spokane County is 18 miles west of the Idaho border and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Adjacent counties include Whitman County to the south, Lincoln County to the west, and Stevens and Pend Oreille counties to the north. The largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis on the Interstate 90 corridor, Spokane is the business, transportation, medical, industrial and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest.
Spokane County has a population of about 500,000 and is home to the city of Spokane, the county seat and second-largest city in the state after Seattle. The area boasts a diverse and beautiful landscape with everything from rolling wheat fields, lush forests, and lakes and raging rivers to deserts and snow-capped mountains. Recreational opportunities are as varied as the landscape’s ideal settings for rock climbing, skiing, hiking, river-rafting, fishing, kayaking and more. The county’s 75-plus parks include the 14,000-acre Riverside State Park and the 13,000-acre Mount Spokane State Park. The Centennial Trail, 37 miles long, is perfect for hiking and biking and can be accessed from numerous trailheads with power, water, picnic facilities, restrooms and river access.
Spokane is home to theaters, a zoological park, and more than 80 arts organizations and museums, including the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and Mobius Kids, a hands-on discovery museum for children up to 10 years old. Other cultural attractions include the Spokane Symphony, the renovated Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, the Interplayers Theatre and the Spokane Civic Theatre, plus nightlife, dining and shopping in addition to annual events and festivals that celebrate everything from Spokane’s history to music and art.