Take your adventure to new heights with a trip through northern Idaho. From the Center of the Universe to the crown jewel of rail to trail experiences and an adventure course that will have you zipping through the trees, there’s no slowing down on this epic adventure.
What to Do
Head to Wallace to stand at the Center of the Universe. You can find the unusual marker at the intersection of Bank and Sixth Streets in the historic downtown area. How did this Idaho town earn such a prestigious monument? It turns out, that if a thing cannot be disproven, it is thereby proven – or so the saying goes.
Go underground with a tour of the Sierra Silver Mine. Climb aboard a classic trolley for a guided tour of Wallace before arriving at the mine. The tour showcases the rise of the Silver Valley and what life was like for a miner in the 1900s.
Known as the “crown jewel” of rail-to-trail systems in the U.S., the Route of the Hiawatha is a must-do, bucket-list -worthy activity. This stunning scenic bike trail is 15 miles of downhill fun, featuring spectacular views, sky-high train trestles, tunnels, waterfalls, and wildlife. Bring your own bike and go straight to the trail entrance to purchase your trail pass (cash only at this location); or start your journey at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area where you can rent bikes, helmets, bike lights and a bike rack for your vehicle and purchase a trail pass. Don’t worry about pedaling back up the trail to return to your vehicle; simply reserve a spot on the shuttle back to the parking area.
Quiet hungry bellies with a drive into Coeur d’Alene and pull up a seat at Hudson’s Hamburgers. This iconic, hometown favorite began serving up hamburgers in 1907 and hasn’t slowed down since. Treat yourself to a single or a double and a slice of pie after a full day of activity.
Make your next stop Farragut State Park in Athol. This breathtaking park sits on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille and was once home to the second largest naval training center in the world. Several of the original 776 buildings still stand today, which means you can dive into the area’s fascinating history at the Museum at the Brig. Tour some of the original quarters along with interpretive displays of photos and other memorabilia or try your hand at a few of the fancy knots these seamen had to master.
Explore the forest canopy at Tree to Tree Adventure Park. This aerial adventure course at Farragut State Park offers zip lines, Tarzan swings and other high-flying obstacles for daredevils of all abilities. With over 100 activity options to choose from, you’ll find all sorts of ways to play.