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Want to experience some genuine Inland Northwest wildlife? You don't have to leave the city limits to do it. If you know where to look, you can encounter some of the region's most notable animals — including the diminutive yet iconic marmot — in an urban setting.

To see a greater variety of wildlife, get out and hike. We've got a guide to some of the region's top trails, both near and far. Feeling really ambitious? Canada beckons — this year, at a discount. Of course, getting out into the wilderness comes with inherent risks, including bears; we have common-sense tips for avoiding bear encounters, and what to do if you're confronted by one.

Technically, you're inside; a glider, that is. But it doesn't get much more outside than riding the currents 4,000 feet in the air — with no parachute. We did that, too. And when it gets too hot, we've got a sweet stash of swimmin' holes to check out. You'd rather be on the water than in it? How about a combination of stand-up paddleboarding and yoga?

Summer is here in the Inland Northwest. The outdoors beckons. The possibilities are endless.

Japanese Bon Odori Dance Practices @ Spokane Buddhist Temple

Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Continues through July 10
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