Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spokane's Manito Park: A TripAdvisor Top 25 Park



Spokane's Manito Park

Spokane, Washington is home to one of the Top 25 Parks in the country. Spokane's Manito Park was recently named by TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Parks in the United States.

The Traveler's Choice Awards are given to top attractions that generate the most positive reviews during a 12-month period. More than 350 comments were written in praise of Manito Park, including 97 photos showcasing the park's various gardens and conservatory.

Manito Park consists of 78 acres of native landscape and 20 acres of botanical gardens. Along with five major garden areas, the park includes playgrounds, Gaiser Conservatory, Park Bench CafĂ©, Loop Drive and more. 

While visiting Spokane, we toured the historic neighborhoods. While in the beautiful South Hill Neighborhood, we stopped in to see some of Manito Park's attractions.  One highlight was The Nishinomiya Japanese Garden. Inside this traditional Japanese garden you can enjoy manicured pathways, a Koi pond, waterfall and cross the Japanese bridge. 

Be sure and drive along Manito Place, adjacent to the park. The west and south sides of Manito Place are lined with older bungalow homes, some as old as Manito Park, dating back to the early 20th century.
The manicured beauty of Manito Park's Japanese Garden stands
in beautiful contrast to Spokane's natural pine trees.
Manito Park is easily accessed off I-90. From I-90 drive South on Stevens Ave past the hospitals. Stevens will turn into Grand Boulevard which travels past the Manito Park Entrance. Watch for the large sign on the right after you get up the hill past 14th Ave. 

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Photography copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose