Wallace & Spokane – August 1st – 5th 2018

Wallace has the only downtown in America listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings with pointed roofs, rounded cupolas, and red-brick all look like they were built in the late-1800’s… because many of them were! See the most famous manhole-cover in America, which proudly proclaims Wallace as “The Center of the Universe”. Spokane… it’s Riverfront park is awesome! From the world’s largest Radio Flyer wagon to the amazing views of the river, this park has something for everyone. The World’s Fair Expo was held here in 1974, and a lot of the remnants from this can still be seen around town and throughout the park.

Click here for a flyer – Wallace & Spokane

Day 1 – Home to Wallace ID
Enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the Columbia River Gorge… First stop the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center… the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This 26,100 square-foot exhibit wing holds interactive displays which bring to life the tremendous volcanic upheavals and raging floods that created the Gorge, theories of why the Ice Age occurred, and a closer look at the mighty river which sculpted patterns for a unique and spectacular diversity of vegetation, wildlife, and ancient ways of life. Welcome to Washington State and the Ice Harbor Brewing Company at the Marina in Kennewick… enjoy the view and some great food… they are famous for their fish and chips and more… Enjoy the scenery as we make our way to the Silver Valley and our home for the next two nights Wallace, Idaho. The town has long been famous as the “Silver Capital of the World” with 1.2 billion ounces of silver produced in Shoshone County since 1884. Silver mining is still a big part of our economy, but today it is carried out in total harmony with a pristine mountain environment. Step back in time as you stroll along the sidewalks of Wallace, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Landmarks. A town of distinction, Wallace was known for hard-rock mining and hard living. It was home to ladies of the “red” light and the last “stop” light between Seattle and Boston before the construction of the I-90 overpass. We’ll indulge in a great dinner at the hotel before we say goodnight. Wallace Inn (L, D)

Day 2 – Wallace – Local Touring
Meet Rick the “Prime Minister” of Wallace he will be our host and guide for the next few days. We’ll head out to tour the oldest standing building in all of Idaho… The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic Missionaries, and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mission and Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else. You’ll have some free time in the historic downtown for lunch and shopping… you may also want to take in the Oasis Bordello Museum… If your vision of a Wild West brothel includes 19th century gunslingers and glamorous women in corsets, then a visit to the Oasis may alter your view. It’s a museum that was once a cathouse, and it was open for business until 1988. That’s right. While Nancy Reagan was telling America “Just Say No,” the ladies of the Oasis were saying “Yes” to any man in Wallace with twenty bucks. Next, we tour the Sierra Silver Mine… An experienced miner is your guide as you walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Using exhibits and demonstrations of operating mining equipment, you will learn the historical and modern-day techniques used to mine silver, gold, lead, zinc, and copper. You’ll have some time to rest up before we head to Lake Coeur d’Alene where we’ll enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwest. Wallace Inn (B, D)

Day 3 – Wallace to Spokane
We’ll say goodbye to Rick and Wallace today… were off to Spokane which means “Children of the Sun.” Our first stop today is Gonzaga University where we’ll meet our wonderful step on guide and take in the Bing Crosby House Museum…Where more than 200 pieces of Bing Crosby artifacts are on display. We’ll tour Spokane and learn about its history and more. Did you know it was founded in 1881 and its original name was Spokan Falls and had 350 residents? The “e” was added to Spokane in 1883, and “Falls” was dropped in 1891. The City suffered perhaps its biggest setback in 1889, when a fire ravaged downtown destroying 32 blocks. You’ll have some free time to explore the fun downtown or Riverfront Park on your own. Welcome to the beautiful and historic Davenport Hotel our home for the next two nights. We’ll learn all about this gorgeous place on a tour… it has been world famous since it opened in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself). You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before we head out to dinner at the Steam Plant Grill… The result of a remarkable vision to repurpose one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, the Steam Plant was the first historic building in Spokane to receive the prestigious National Preservation Honor Award. Davenport Hotel (B, D)

Day 4 – Spokane – Highland Games
After breakfast we head to Spokane Scottish Highland Games… a charming Scottish day-adventure full of entertainment, feats of triumph, and fun… Enjoy the traditional features of Scottish Highland Games, such as massed bands, pipe band exhibitions, individual piping, heavy athletics, and highland dancing. View performances of Scottish highland and country dancing, and delight in the beautifully entertaining Celtic bands. Visit the clan tents to discover whether you have Scottish ancestry, and shop at the Scottish and Celtic merchant booths. They also have a British Car exhibit… see great examples of 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, Austin Minis, MGTDs, and MGBs. This is a special treat for auto lovers. We’ll head back to Riverfront park where we’ll take the SkyRide Gondolas over the falls… Named “One of the Top 12 Scenic Cable Rides in the World” in 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler. It offers the best, convenient, easily accessible, upfront views of the Spokane Falls that run through downtown Spokane. You will travel past art deco City Hall, then gradually drop down 200 feet over the Huntington Park Natural Area. From there, you will continue across the Spokane River in front of one set of falls, under the historic Monroe Street bridge and return to Riverfront Park. You’ll have some time to rest up at the hotel or take in more of the downtown before dinner at Clinkerdagger… The tradition has continued for over 40 years at this Spokane landmark overlooking the majestic Spokane River and city skyline. Davenport Hotel (B, D)

Day 5 – Spokane to Home
We’ll make our way home, but the fun isn’t over. First stop… The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon. It is an interactive visitor center that highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. Developed by the Port of Morrow, the SAGE Center gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the technology that takes place locally without visiting each industry. We’ll have a delightful catered lunch here before we tour the museum before we say goodbye. Come with us on a unique and beautiful trip through Idaho, Washington and Oregon! (B, L)

$1,454 Double $1,778 Single

A $100 deposit will hold space; balance is due by June 6th 2018