Spokane is an outdoor-junkie's dream year-round. In spring and summer, the area has fantastic cycling, mountain biking, golf, boating, fishing, swimming and kayaking (in high summer, book kayak rentals well in advance). In winter, five nearby ski resorts offer dry snow and challenging, wide-ranging terrain. Mt. Spokane State Park also offers a vast, beautiful--and free--cross-country skiing trail system. Summertime houseboat rentals on the larger nearby lakes make for a fun family getaway. Cyclists visit from around the world to ride the Centennial Trail/Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes/Route of the Hiawatha trail complex, which stretches nearly a hundred miles from west of Spokane to Montana. You can do this on your own and buy trail passes at the Lookout Ski Area.  or hire local a local guide service. Rock climbing is popular, both outdoors and indoors, and there are plenty of instructors to show you the ropes. Several state parks offer hiking and camping, even in town, where Riverside State Park's beautiful campground is just ten minutes from the city center (reserve ahead during the busy months). The Spokane River runs through the heart of town.  Float it in a tube, or in the spring take a rafting trip and paddle through the exciting Bowl & Pitcher rapids.  Runners and triathletes come to Spokane for the Bloomsday Run and the Iron Man Triathlon. And the biggest event in town is Hoopfest, in which 150,000 players and fans descend on Spokane for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, played on downtown streets the last weekend in June.