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Spokane’s iconic pavilion is a holdover from Expo ’74, the World’s Fair it hosted in 1974. |

Spokane should be at the top of your list of places to visit.

Washington State’s second largest city has something to see and do for everyone. There’s also a noticeable sense that it’s a world away from Seattle, thanks to a mayor who really wants to crack down on the kind of issues plaguing the Pacific Northwest’s best-known cities.

After flying in SpokaneFrom the spaceship-like airport, a classic example of 1960s architecture, and picking up a rental car, I headed downtown to check in at the historic Davenport Hotel.

Saved from demolition — the kind of so-called urban renewal projects that have destroyed historic buildings in countless downtown areas across the country — it’s flagged under Marriott’s upscale Autograph Collection brand. The historic hotel with its Old World-inspired lobby contrasts sharply with Parkade Plaza, which at first glance may look like any other massive concrete parking lot, but is actually a landmark in its own right and serves as a big draw. for lovers of mid-century modernity. .

Although an underrated destination, the city has actually been on the map since hosting Expo ’74.

Hosting the direct successor to the most famous world’s fairs and international expositions of earlier eras, Spokane was the smallest city to ever host such an event. And just as the World’s Fairs of 1899 and 1900 gave Paris the Eiffel Tower and other iconic landmarks, Spokane also has its own iconic remnants: the old American pavilion which now anchors Riverfront Park.

The once-neglected park, which occupies land once destroyed by industry and railroads, straddles both sides of the Spokane River around the unnamed Spokane Falls. Here, a gondola, the Numeric SkyRidetakes passengers on a 15-minute scenic ride above the falls.

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The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington. |

The twin arrows of St. Louis Church (Roman Catholic) on the Gonzaga University campus are visible from anywhere along the river. While the church is worth a visit, Spokane’s most notable church is the Episcopal Cathedral just minutes from downtown.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, which serves as the seat of the Episcopal Bishop, is one of the finest examples of Gothic church architecture in the United States. I consider it gothic and not neo-gothic because it was built entirely of masonry in the same way as true medieval gothic (Pugin would approve). The pointed arches are not merely decorative or stylistic details, which is quite impressive considering that the traditional architecture of the church was well out of fashion when it was built between 1925 and 1961.

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An interior view of the nave looking towards the high altar of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington. |

No visit to Spokane would be complete without an adventure on the Spokane River.

A few different outfitters offer excursions ranging from stand-up paddleboards to white-water rafting and casual floats. I went with the two hours or so float by Wiley E. Waters it can easily be done by anyone, including those with no rafting experience. For me it was the perfect relief from the temperatures which soared above 100 degrees when I visited in mid August.

Other must-visits include the 98 Acres Manito Park and Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

If you are going to

Dinner at Jars & Ryegrass (reservations are required) and Anthony at Spokane Fallsthe latter of which offers a spectacular view of the falls and the iconic pavilion – Spokane’s Eiffel Tower.

If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have rented a car. You can get almost anywhere on foot or via one of the popular ride-sharing services. The only thing that really requires a rental car is getting to Mount Spokane State Park and the summit of Quartz Mountain at 5,129 feet above sea level.

For those arriving by car, the drive to Spokane is approximately four hours from the Seattle airport. If you choose to fly, American, Delta, and United are among the airlines serving Spokane with nonstop flights from major hubs.

Dennis Lennox writes a travel column for the Christian Post.

Dennis Lennox writes about travel, politics, and religious affairs. It has appeared in the Financial Times, Independent, The Detroit News, Toronto Sun and other publications. Follow @dennislennox on Twitter.

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