Car Rental at Spokane Airport, Washington
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Spokane is the largest population center of northeast Washington and its economic hub supporting about 1.5 million people.
Located in a valley, Spokane is best toured by car as its hilly terrain will make it moderately challenging to explore by bicycle or foot.
Also because of its location in the foothills of the Rockies, Spokane offers skiing adventures in winter just an hour to the north.
Washington’s second largest city is bisected by Interstate 90 running west to east, and many visitors are surprised to find that the lakefront resorts and quaint downtown of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, is less than an hour away by car.
Some of the biggest attractions in Washington are found on the Pacific coast, and there will be considerable driving by if visitors are keen to see the great Washington outdoors.
There is, however, a much shorter 37-mile route going from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene (considered by locals as the eastern fringes of Spokane) where nature lovers can have a trail to themselves.
The Spokane River Centennial Trail is easily the most popular pick for outdoor enthusiasts because it goes right through Spokane from Nine Mile Falls and follows the course of the river until the Washington-Idaho state line.
Interstate 90 roughly follows the Centennial Trail, so if you are pushed for time but want to see a bit of the outdoors without backtracking, rent a one way car hire from Spokane Airport and take the I-90.
Couer d’Alene, where the Centennial Trail ends as the North Idaho Centennial Trail, is a rising tourism destination in Idaho, thanks to Lake Coeur d’Alene and dozens others gouged out by glaciation.
You will have plenty of recreation opportunities in the city and its lakefront before dropping off your one way hire car at Coeur d’Alene Airport.
Vancouver and Mt. Rainier via Seattle
The same I-90 artery will get you to the Pacific Coast in about five to six hours where the greater outdoors await north and south.
The bustling port city where the first brew of Starbucks was served is within day trip distance of Mount Rainier, about three hours south, and Vancouver in Canada, about four hours north.
Within Seattle itself there are plenty of recreational activities, as it overlooks Elliott Bay and is bordered by the Cascades to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where you can leave a one way rental car lies only 30 minutes south of downtown Seattle if you opt not to continue farther down to Mt. Rainier.
In the opposite direction, you will have Vancouver International Airport for a drop off point.
You may want to overnight in Vancouver after a day of driving from Seattle, and perhaps experience a cosmopolitan city in the middle of nature.
Vancouver is one of western Canada’s population centers and one of North America’s most magnetic tourism hubs, with a wine-growing tradition on the side.
The Great Northern
Renting a car in Spokane Airport will put you on the road for a drive to the other side of the US continent.
The equivalent of the iconic Route 66 in the Pacific Northwest is the Great Northern, a cross-country route via US Highway 2 that runs for about 2,500 miles from Seattle to Acadia National Park on the Atlantic side of the continent.
The route passes right though Spokane and brings you to Native American reservations and the southern border of the Glacier National Park six hours out.
If you press on you will encounter the Rockies and the seemingly empty prairies that were once home to the Sioux, Shoshone, Cheyenne and Blackfeet.
From Spokane, the next city of significant size is Duluth in Minnesota, and from here, the route weaves in and out of the Francophone Canadian cities of Ottawa and Montreal, before returning to the United States via Lake Champlain of upstate New York.
Landscapes define this ambitious trip, and you will gape at a few more before reaching the Acadia National Park on Maine’s coast.
The contrasting scenery provided by the aptly named Green Mountains of Vermont and the granite-peaked White Mountains of New Hampshire will make all the driving worth it.