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Spokane and Eastern Washington Travel Guide

When to Go

Eastern Washington has four distinct seasons, with generally very hot summers and sometimes very snowy winters. Recreational activities are geared to the specific season, with several downhill ski resorts open for skiing and snowboarding, and Nordic skiing available in the national forests, too. In summer, water activities on the lakes and rivers are popular, and there are many places to pursue hiking, backpacking, cycling, fishing, and hunting. Eastern Washington rarely feels crowded, though popular campgrounds may fill in summer. Lodging rates tend to be higher between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so visiting off-season can reduce costs. Spring and fall are both beautiful seasons to explore the region. In smaller towns certain attractions are open only from May through September, so call ahead to plan visits to sights. Also call well in advance to make reservations during college special-event weekends in Pullman and Walla Walla.

Festivals and Events

May Spring Release Weekend, Walla Walla wineries

June Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine, Walla Walla wineries

July Grant County Food and Wine Festival, Moses Lake

August Peach Festival, Green Bluff (near Spokane)

September Balloon & Wine Festival, Quincy

Farmer Consumer Awareness Day, Quincy

Pig Out in the Park, Spokane

Apple & Harvest Festival, Green Bluff (near Spokane)

Sustainable September Festival, Spokane

Harvest Festival, West Richland

October Apple & Harvest Festival, Green Bluff (near Spokane)

November Tri-Cities Wine Festival, Kennewick

Fall Release Weekend, Walla Walla wineries

Spokane Cork & Keg Festival

December Holiday Barrel Tasting, Walla Walla wineries

Wine Country Holiday Open House, Red Mountain wineries, Tri-Cities

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