5 Things You Didn’t Know About Spokane

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One of Washington state’s best-kept secrets is hiding on its eastern side. The Spokane Washington Region has it all: beautiful outdoors, inspiring arts, delectable dining, a historic past and a vibrant future. Get to know more about this meeting-ready city.

There’s plenty of sunshine

Though the Pacific Northwest might be known for its rainy weather, locals are quick to share that Spokane is on the sunny side of Washington state. In fact, Spokane means “Children of the Sun” in Salish (a language spoken by Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest). Translation for meeting planners? Plenty of opportunity to walk to meetings and enjoy the surrounding outdoors after sessions.

The country’s largest urban waterfall lives here

Spokane Falls is the largest urban waterfall in the United States. Not to mention, it’s just a five-minute walk from the Spokane Convention Center. Event attendees can easily pop over for a look from one of Spokane’s downtown parks, Riverfront Park and Huntington Park.

Spokane has spirit

The home court of the Gonzaga Bulldogs—one of the best college basketball teams in the nation—happens to be in Spokane. The McCarthey Athletic Center draws crowds of 6,000 fans for each game and always sells out—so planning ahead is key. Or, host a watch party for attendees at Jack and Dan’s, Borracho Taco & Tequileria or the Park Inn.

It’s Spo-CAN, not Spo-CANE

While it looks like you say it like “spo-cane,” Spokane is actually pronounced “spo-can.” Let attendees know ahead of time so they can speak like a local as soon as they arrive. Another tip: It’s “gone-ZAG-uh” (as in “bag”).

Spokane knows how to celebrate

On June 19, 1910, the first ever Father’s Day was celebrated right in Spokane. Local resident Sonora Smart Dodd felt there needed to be a male equivalent to Mother’s Day after being raised by a single father. She lobbied in her local community, and the state of Washington officially recognized the holiday.

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