11 Easy Day Trips From Spokane, WA Less Than 1 Hour Away!

Are you looking for quick and easy day trips from Spokane? Whether you’re local to Spokane or just visiting, here are some of our favorite places less than an hour away! There are so many family friendly spots for outdoorsy activities, Washington and Idaho state parks, places to eat, and fun for every season.

Best Day Trips Less than 1 hour from Spokane

1. Green Bluff

Green Bluff is an amazing place to spend the day whether you’re visiting Spokane or if you live in the area. This is also one of the best day trips in Spokane for every season. Located only about 30 minutes north of Spokane, you’ll find the largest concentration of farms in a 12 square mile area in the whole United States. From May through October, Green Bluff farms have tons of activities including U-pick fruit and vegetables, pumpkin patches, a brewery, winery, animals, and more. There truly is activities for everyone, and if you visit in different seasons you will get an experience completely different from your last. Check the Green Bluff website for what’s going on this month and for a map of the different farms.

  • May: A visit this early will probably have you beating the crowds. This time of year mushrooms, rhubarb, and flowers are usually available. You will also usually be able to indulge in beer, wine, cider, or mead this time of year.
  • June: The start of strawberry season! You may even find a strawberry festival happening this month. Also available usually are flowers, garlic, mushrooms, and rhubarb.
  • July: Apples, cherries, and apricots are here! Also look out for raspberries, strawberries, and vegetables.
  • August: You will find a ton of fruit and vegetables if you visit this month. From peaches, pears, plums, and blackberries to tomatoes, apricots, and cherries. Plus a ton of other vegetables!
  • September: This is usually the start of their pumpkin season, but they also have grapes, squash, and tons of other fruits continuing on from August.
  • October: This is a busy month on green bluff with all of the fall festivals and pumpkin patches! Visit earlier in the month to get the best selections of pumpkins. Also be ready to try the best pumpkin donuts and cider of your life!
  • November and December: Christmas trees! But much less is happening in Green Bluff during the winter, make sure to check for hours and availability before making the trip.

2. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

One of the more obvious day trips to Spokane is to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. There is so much to do in Coeur d’Alene that I could write several posts about that alone (at some point I will)! Some of our favorite things include hiking Tubbs Hill, taking a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, exploring downtown, playing at McEuen Park, eat at Hudson’s Hamburgers, and biking on the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

3. Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park

Silverwood has been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid. And it just continues to get better and better every year! Now it’s the largest theme park and water park in the American Northwest. From humble beginnings that started on a tiny airstrip, to a family owned 220 acre park with over 70 rides and attractions. Silverwood gets over 250,000 visitors a year, and it’s for good reason. This is a day trip from Spokane that your kids (and you) will love!

4. Mount Spokane State Park

If you are heading up the Mountain in the Winter you can ski/snowboard, snowshoe, or visit the Vista House. If you’re visiting in other seasons, you can find hiking trails and camping. The best hiking trails are the Mount Kit Carson trail (5.7 miles), Bald Knob (2.0 miles), or the Quartz Mountain Lookout Trail (4.5 miles).

Check out this website for skiing information.

5. Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes & Heyburn State Park

This gem of a state park is just under one hour from Spokane. It’s one of our favorite day trips from Spokane for outdoorsy activities! Heyburn State Park is located on the South end of Coeur d’Alene Lake. It is just as beautiful, but much less crowded than the CDA side of the lake. You can hike, bike, camp, paddleboard, or swim.

If you like to ride bikes, rollerblade, or want a beautiful paved trail to walk your stroller, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a must visit. The 73 mile paved trail goes right through the park, and is one of the best sections to ride for stunning views. You also get to cross the Chatcolet Bridge over the lake, we saw beavers swimming and deer (and a couple little snakes) as we were crossing this section of the trail! See the full trail map here.

See our post on Visiting Heyburn State Park for more info!

6. Silver Mountain Resort

If you haven’t taken your kids to Silver Mountain yet, you need to go! This place is a kids paradise, but still fun for adults AND it’s only one hour from Spokane. Silver Mountain is a popular ski resort but has so much to offer, even if you aren’t into skiing.

In the winter you can take your kids skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, or ride the longest gondola in North America. In the Summer months, there are mountain biking paths, hiking trails, a golf course, and gondola rides. And the best part (in my opinion – and the kids) is the Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park. There is an indoor lazy river, water slides, a hot tub, areas for the really little ones, and more. There is also a bar, food, and hot tub area for adults to relax (without kids).

Visit Silver Mountain Resort for a day trip, or book a stay at one of their condos at the Morning Star Lodge (a lot of which are pet friendly).

Make sure to check out our post on The Best Weekend at Silver Mountain Resort and Waterpark!

7. Nine Mile Area (riverside State Park)

Riverside State Park is technically located in Spokane, so it’s not really a day trip from Spokane. However, we absolutely love spending time in Riverside State Park and exploring the beauty of Spokane. Bowl & Pitcher is an easily accessible area of Spokane for hiking with kids, and the Bowl & Pitcher Loop is 2.1 miles, 134 feet of elevation gain. There are tons of other places to explore in Riverside State Park, but we love Bowl & Pitcher with our kids.

8. Liberty Lake, Washington

Liberty Lake is located on the border of Washington and Idaho and is only about 20-30 minutes from Spokane, WA. There are lots of fun things to do in Liberty Lake! Some of our favorites are hiking to the Cedar Grove (4.7 miles, 475 feet elevation), visiting the huge farmers market in the Summer (get some local beef from The Herd), or hitting a happy hour. See our post on 50+ Happy Hours in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake!

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9. Farragut State Park

Farragut State Park is a beautiful Idaho state park located in the Idaho Panhandle, just an hour away from Spokane on the South end of Lake Pend O’Reille. There are several campgrounds, hiking trails, and lake access for swimming or boating.

  • Squirrel Cache Loop (1.3 mile loop, 150 feet elevation)
  • Extended Squirrel Cache Loop (2.2 miles, 300 feet elevation) better views on this one!
  • Beaver Bay: Shallow swimming area for kids
  • Ride bikes around the campground loops
  • Tree to Tree Adventure Park: Zip lines and other obstacle courses for kids 6 years and older

10. Spokane Valley & DIshman Hills Conservation Area

I know visiting Spokane Valley might not really seem like a day trip from Spokane since it’s super close by. But, if you haven’t spent any time in the Valley, there are so many gems you’re missing out on!

One of our favorite places in Spokane Valley is the Iller Creek area of Dishman Hills Conservation Area. Hiking to the Rocks of Sharon (3.3 miles, 800 feet) is a stunning hike with kids, we hiked there during the fall and the colors were beautiful.

Other fun things to do in Spokane Valley are visit YaYa Brewing Company (the Fluffy Puffy Sunshine IPA is *chefs kiss*), Splash Down Water Park, and Flight 509 (laser tag, ropes course, ninja warrior course, arcade and more) And you definitely won’t want to miss stopping at Pete and Belle’s Ice Cream, they have a HUGE array of flavors and it’s my favorite ice cream shop in the area. Pete and Belle’s alone is worth a trip to the Valley!

11. Turnbull National Wildlife REfuge

Turnbull is really a hidden gem in Spokane located in Cheney, Washington. The National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 23,000 acres of a unique landscape called Channeled Scablands created by the Ice Age Floods. Turnbull has over 10 miles of hiking trails, an accessible boardwalk around Blackhorse Lake, and a visitor contact station with the Friends of Turnbull Nature Store.

Other family friendly trails to check out in Turnbull: 30 Acre Lake Trail, Pine Lakes Loop, and Winslow Pool

We hope you enjoy these family friendly quick day trips from Spokane! There are so many amazing places to explore less than an hour from the city. What other places within an hours drive do you love? If you love exploring Spokane, see some of our other posts!

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