10 Places to Photograph in Spokane
I usually like to get the “Ten Places to Photograph” post up at the end of the week so it gives people the weekend to explore the city with their camera. Unfortunately my computer crashed last week so it set me back a little bit. I didn’t want to skip Spokane, though, the Photo Weekend that we held this past Saturday and Sunday was terrific, and there are so many great places to photograph in and near Spokane.
- Manito Park-This park, often compared to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, is made up an incredible collection of gardens including a Japanese garden, a Renaissance style garden, and a dahlia garden to name a few. The Olmstead brothers designed Manito and are best known for designing Central Park.
- Riverfront Park-In preparation for the Worlds Fair in ‘74, Spokane created the 100 acre park Riverfront Park. There are miles of walkways and places like the Expo Pavilion along the way.
- Looff Carrousel-This carousel built in 1906 still has its original hand-carved wooden animals. The Looff Carrousel is in the Riverfront Park.
- Spokane Falls-Located in the heart of the city this is one of the most spectacular natural beauties of Spokane. There are many vantage points of the falls but perhaps the best view is from the Spokane Falls SkyRide Gondola. The falls are most impressive during the late winter and spring when the spring run-off is in effect. With all the recent warm weather it should be pretty spectacular right now.
- The Campbell House-This uniquely styled turn of the century house has been preserved to show life in the early 1900s.
- Latah Creek Bridges-The parallel positioning of these two bridges gives an excellent perspective for bridge and train photographs. On the left, the High Bridge, or the Latah Creek Railroad Bridge; and on the right, the 6th Ave. Bridge, a historic concrete arch style. They are both located in High Bridge Park.
- Grand Coulee Dam-This is a couple of hours outside of Spokane but it is quite an impressive structure to photograph.
- Downtown Spokane-Many of Spokane’s historic buildings have been preserved and restored. These walking tours of Spokane take you past some of the more impressive buildings such as the Peyton building, Davenport Hotel, Old National building and many more.
- St. John Cathedral-This old-world style cathedral will make you feel like you are in Europe. The architecture is a great subject to photograph. Take a look at these images on flickr.
- Spokane County Courthouse-A castle in the middle of Spokane? Yes, indeed. The historic courthouse looks like a replica of 16th century French chateau right down to its towers, turrets, sculptures, and intricate iron and brickwork.
Do you know of great places to photograph in Spokane that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.