Exploring Gonzaga and Washington State University

Are you considering going to Gonzaga University in Spokane or Washington State University in Pullman any time soon? From watching the Zags to the Cougs, here’s everything you need to know when visiting Gonzaga and Washington State!

Gonzaga University 

Gonzaga University is a private Jesuit university in beautiful Spokane, Washington. For the fourth consecutive year, Gonzaga ranks among the top 100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, placing GU in the top 19%, including elite private schools and large state research institutions.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga offers 16 undergraduate degrees through 49 majors, 58 minors, 49 concentrations, 24 master’s degrees, and 5 doctoral-level degrees.


The Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball has become a perennial Top 25 team under Head Coach, Mark Few, and is a part of the West Coast Conference. The Zags have been the champions of 20 out of 25 West Coast Conference championships, winning the past 3 championships in a row.


With a seating capacity of 6,000, McCarthey Athletic Center, also known as “the kennel,” is an exciting place to be. It is home to the Kennel Club, one of the best student sections in the country, and has been sold out for every men’s basketball game since the building opened.

Zag Traditions 

A Gonzaga University tradition that started in 2006 and is now a right of passage for every student attending is Kennel Campout (formally known as Tent City). Kennel Campout originated to keep students from camping independently in sub-zero temperatures to secure spots for Gonzaga men’s basketball games.

Gonzaga Traditions

Kennel Campout starts with a scheduled tweet from the Kennel club at exactly 12:15 pm. This tweet will give a location on campus where students will race to receive their tenting number. This tent number is not only the assigned location within Kennel Campout, but it also determines the order you enter the Kennel. The day before the game, Kennel Campout is set up on either Foley or Herak Lawn and lasts all night. Kennel Campout participants can expect food, swag, and entertainment at the event. 



The casinos in Spokane are some of the best in Washington! Each casino offers 5-star hotel accommodations, fantastic dining options, and exclusive bars and nightclubs. Check out Northern Quest Resort & Casino for the “Vegas experience.”

Quest Casino Spokane

This casino features 1,700 slots and progressives, 37 table games, 9 poker tables, and a betting lounge. The casino offers delicious dining options, live entertainment, and a spa. 

The Knitting Factory is one of Spokane’s best! This premier concert house, restaurant, and nightclub is a place you don’t want to miss.

Knitting Factory Nightclub Spokane

This venue has featured some top performers worldwide and has events going on 24/7. Knitting Factory is a must-go if you’re looking for live entertainment or a fun night out. 

Great Restaurants in Spokane

If you’re hungry while exploring Spokane, there are plenty of dining options.

Cochinito Taqueria Spokane

Cochinito Taqueria is one option, offering a fun and laid-back atmosphere with a fantastic menu of Mexican food. Their responsibly sourced ingredients create delicious pairings of food and cocktails. This restaurant is family-friendly, offering a children’s menu and nonalcoholic drinks. 

Frank’s Diner is another excellent option if you’re looking for traditional American food.

Frank's Diner Spokane

Enjoy classic food options like burgers and sandwiches with the whole family! Frank’s Diner is Washington’s oldest dining car restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Check out more delicious food and drink options around Spokane here!


There are many attractions and things to do in Spokane that will entertain you and your family during your visit. The Blue Zoo is a must-see for anyone looking for a family-friendly activity. This interactive aquarium provides fun with touch-and-feel tanks, meeting pirates and mermaids, and much more. 

Blue Zoo Spokane

River Park Square mall is Spokane’s top destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in downtown Spokane. This is a must-go if you’re looking for a fun-filled day of shopping and eating. 

If you’re searching for a more outdoor experience, check out Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park is the jewel of downtown Spokane. In 2020, National Geographic named Riverfront Park one of America’s most beautiful urban parks. Allow plenty of time to explore Riverfront Spokane’s rich history, many attractions, and natural beauty. 

Riverfront Park Apartments

If you want to visit Spokane, Washington, or Gonzaga University, consider staying at Riverfront Park Travel Apartments! We have 25+ listings in this updated complex located in the heart of Spokane is only 3 blocks away from Gonzaga University. The complex has units from 1 to 3 bedrooms (sleeping anywhere from 2 to 6 people), a kitchen, a washer and dryer, and much more.

Check out this great property here: Riverfront Park Travel Apartments

Washington State University 

Washington State University is a top research school dedicated to improving lives. WSU has 6 different campuses in the state of Washington. 

Washington State University

WSU Pullman is the university’s oldest and largest. This state-of-the-art campus has more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. 


Martin Stadium has put Pullman on the map for some of Washington’s most incredible entertainment and sporting events, including the Washington State Cougars football team. The Cougars have made 18 bowl appearances and have won 8, with their latest win in 2018.


With a seating capacity of 32,952, Martin Stadium is the pride and joy of Pullman. And despite its relatively small size, the closed-in stadium creates a lot of electricity on game day and doesn’t have a bad seat in the house!

Wazzu Traditions

Week of Welcome is a week-long event at Washington State University Pullman that helps new and returning students kick off the new academic year.

Washington State University Traditions

Throughout the week, students prepare for classes, make connections, attend workshops and activities based on different interests, and participate in fun events. Many students look forward to the week as it brings the excitement of a new year.



If you’re looking for a fun night out, check out Etsi Bravo. This restaurant, bar, and nightclub always have something going on.

Esti Bravo Pullman

You’ll always have a great time here, whether it’s a comedian, DJ, or other live entertainment. 

If you’re looking for a chill night out, check out The Coug. This Washington State University campus staple is a must-go for a laid-back traditional pub experience.

The Coug Washington State University

The Coug offers a full bar and a variety of beers on tap that are constantly rotated. 


If you’re hungry while exploring Pullman, there are plenty of options. You and your family will find something delicious with breakfast and lunch options! Zoe Coffee and Kitchen is one option, offering a fun and laid-back atmosphere with a good selection of food and beverages. 

Zoe Coffee & Kitchen Pullman

Foundry Kitchen and Cocktails is another option if you want a nicer, sit-down experience.

Foundry Pullman

This restaurant has a small, curated menu of American classics sure to fill you and your family up! 

Check out more restaurants here!


There are many attractions and things to do in Pullman that will entertain you and your family during your visit. The Palouse Discovery Science Center is a must-do for anyone looking for a family-friendly experience. The center offers hands-on science activities, exhibits, educational programs, and more. 

Palouse Discover Science Center Pullman

Wheatland Shopping Center offers a variety of stores and restaurants. This is a must-go if you’re looking for a fun day of shopping and eating.

If you’re searching for a more outdoor experience, check out Sunnyside Park. This park has plenty of activities, such as walking trails, play structures, a disc golf course, and much more. 

For more help planning your next visit to Spokane, Pullman, or another college town, check out CollegeWeekends today!