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Why Spokane?

Spokane is the economic and cultural center of the “Inland Empire” of eastern Washington State. Blessed with a unique combination of beautiful scenery, incredible arts, delectable dining and a rich history, Spokane is the perfect place for our 2018 U.S. National Conference.

Downtown Rebirth

The opening of the River Park Square Mall in 1999 served as a catalyst and sparked a downtown rebirth that included the building of the Spokane Arena and expansion of the Spokane Convention Center where our conference is being held. Other fascinating historic places in Spokane are the Spokane River that holds the famous Spokane Falls, Riverside Park, Saint John’s Cathedral, and Manito Park which hold many beautiful gardens, such as the formal French Renaissance Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Gardens, authentic Japanese Gardens, and a flower-filled Conservatory. You can tour all of these amazing, historic land marks by registering for our Spokane City Tour.

Spokane Neighborhoods

The Riverside neighborhood consists primarily of downtown Spokane and is the central business district of Spokane. The neighborhoods south of downtown Spokane are collectively known as the South Hill. Downtown Spokane contains many of the city’s public facilities, including City Hall, Riverfront Park (site of Expo ’74), the Spokane Convention Center, INB Performing Arts Center, as well as the Spokane Arena and Spokane County Courthouse across the river in the historic West Central neighborhood. The Monroe Street Bridge, a city icon, connects the two areas. To the east of downtown is East Central and the adjacent University District and budding “International District”. To the west of downtown is one of Spokane’s oldest and densest neighborhoods, Browne’s Addition.

Roberts Mansion

Another great site to see is the Roberts Mansion. This historic building was built in 1889 in the Victorian Queen Anne Style. The owner, Mary, has spent the last 20 years remodeling, renovating and maintaining these grounds to keep this charming mansion in tip-top shape for guests to tour the mansion and the surrounding gardens. You can view this magnificent mansion and have tea through our Historic Homes and High Tea tour.

Don’t stop with just one tour. Spokane is filled with historic places. You won’t want to miss seeing the Silver Mining District, home of the richest silver mine in the world. Along the way to the mine, stop and see the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Lake and golf course. You can view these magnificent places through our Historic Silver Valley and Crystal Gold Mine tour as well as our Private Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruise tour.

If you like the outdoors, you can also visit Green Bluff Orchards where over 30 small growers and ranchers open their doors for public viewing. Another great place to visit is Seimer’s Farm, where you can visit their pumpkin patch. You can view these beautiful farms through our Green Bluff, the Pumpkin Patch and Farm Lunch tour

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