A few miles from Idaho on I-90, SPOKANE (“spo-CAN”), eastern Washington’s only real city of any size, has some grandiose late-nineteenth-century buildings and pleasant parks. The town’s hub, hundred-acre Riverfront Park, was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair and sprawls over two islands in the middle of the Spokane River, which tumbles down the rocky shelves of Spokane Falls. The attractions (hours vary, often daily 11am–6pm, Sat & Sun until 8pm; day passes $16.25; w include an ice-skating rink, carousel and the Spokane Falls Skyride ($7), which rises above the falls to take in a commanding view of the area.