Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington State and likely its best-kept secret. Set along the Spokane River and an urban waterfall for which the city was originally named (Spokane Falls), the downtown area flourishes around this natural setting and a lush 100-acre park. About 600,000 residents call the Spokane area home. The city is known for its brick and tile buildings with 18 historic districts — the most of any city in the entire state. Spokane is located on the east side of Washington, just 25 miles from the Idaho border. The region experiences four distinct seasons with warm and dry summers, and its plethora of wine producers makes it a favored spot for oenophiles.