You don’t have to pick between incredible outdoor experiences and vibrant city life when you visit Spokane, Wash., on your way to Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

Anchored by the Spokane River running through it, the city of Spokane is nestled between rolling farmlands and gorgeous mountains in eastern Washington, creating a vibrant metropolis fueled by great food and easy access to outdoor adventure.

Riverfront Park

Start your trip in the heart of Spokane at Riverfront Park. This 100-acre oasis is where you’ll find the stunning Spokane Falls, a two-tier waterfall formed by dams when the area was revitalized for the 1974 World’s Fair. The falls are at their peak in May but are lively all summer long. Board the SkyRide, a scenic gondola that will bring you over the falls for excellent aerial views.

The park is also home to the 650-foot Skate Ribbon, which is a magical ice skating experience in the winter time and a great place to roller skate, skateboard or scooter in the summer months. Both types of skates can be rented on-site. The park is home to tons of different attractions so be sure to check out the interactive map at to plan your trip.