Spokane’s Trial Garden: It’s Dahlia Time!

If you find yourself in Spokane, Washington, anytime between
mid-summer and early fall, check out the Inland Empire Dahlia Society’s dahlia trial garden. The Spokane Trial Garden, situated in the city’s Manito Park, is one of eight trial gardens nationwide affiliated with the American Dahlia Society. It showcases new varieties of the popular, colorful, and varied flower.

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The Other Long Beach, The Other Washington

As a native of Washington State, I have long been accustomed to people mistaking my homeland for Washington, the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital. I can only imagine the additional trouble folks from Long Beach, Wash., have when explaining where THEY live. “Oh, Long Beach … sure, I know where that is. Sunshine, palm trees. Don’t they host that Grand Prix auto race there?” No, no, no … not THAT Long Beach.

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Riverfront Park Of Spokane, Wash.

Riverfront Park
is a municipal park in downtown Spokane,
Wash. It comprises 100 acres on
either side of the Spokane River immediately across from the heart of downtown Spokane. It’s a great place to visit with lots to see and do!

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The Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail Mile-by-Mile: Part 6

This is the sixth installment in a series of essays in which I describe segments of the Washington-Idaho Centennial Trail. This part of the trail, Boulder Beach to Sullivan Park, is a seven-mile segment that begins with one of the trail’s “Class 3” segments — meaning that it shares the route with automobile traffic — for about 2.5 miles. The rest of the route is a blissful “Class 1” asphalt path shared by pedestrians and bicycles and entirely separate from automobile traffic. It’s one of my
favorite segments of the whole trail.

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Looff Carrousel Of Spokane’s Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is a municipal park in downtown Spokane, Wash., that comprises 100 acres on either side of the Spokane River. One of the main attractions for any visitor to Riverfront Park is the historic Looff Carrousel. On the National Register of Historic Places, the carrousel has a proud history of its own, separate from the trajectory of the park.

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Explore Natural Lava Bridges At Mt. Adams

The area between Mt. Adams and Mount St. Helens in Washington State is known for its lava tubes. Lava tubes form when molten lava flows and the exterior of the flow starts to harden while the interior remains molten and flowing. Sometimes lava tubes are close enough to the surface that the ground above them (the top of the tube) collapses, leaving a gully or trench. When this collapse is partial and some sections of the top surface of the tube remain intact, natural “bridges” result.

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Divide Camp Trail: In-Your-Face Mt. Adams Views

Washington’s Mt. Adams is often overlooked by campers and dayhikers. But the mountain offers exceptional hiking and is worth the drive. Adams’ western flank, where the Divide Camp Trailhead is located, is about 3 hours’ drive from Seattle, about 2.5 hours from Portland, and 5.5 hours Spokane.

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