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Northwest U.S. hosts many of best of Rails to Trails routes

June 17, 2014 - The Denver Post

WALLACE, IDAHO — In many parts of the country, abandoned train tracks have been repurposed into multi-use exercise trails. The best of them — a little more than two dozen routes in all — are in the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and several of those are located in the Northwest…

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What Are the Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.?

June 04, 2014 - Outside

A:Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, covering…

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Traverse Idaho by bike on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

July 23, 2013 - The Seattle Times

Traverse Idaho by bike on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes No time to bicycle across cross the country? Cross a state on this 72-mile paved trail across skinny, and scenic, Northern Idaho. By Bill Thorness Special to The Seattle Times PREV 1 of 2 NEXT Ray and Jodi Rasker of Bozeman, Mont., hauled…

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Wayward Wallace Discovers Silver Lining in Idaho

June 08, 2012 - JustLuxe

Billed as the “Silver Capital of the World,” Wallace is a living ghost town located in what is known as the Silver Valley of northern Idaho. Although the town has about 1,000 residents, Wallace packs a powerful punch for its small size. These days, Wallace has found its silver in the lucrative…

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12 Most Beautiful Paths—No Car Required

June 02, 2012 - Budget Travel

The Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail (cycling), Idaho and Montana The pine-forested Bitterroot Mountains (part of the Northern Rockies) supply the deep-green backdrop for one of the country’s most exhilarating rails-to-trails bike-path conversions (completed in 2001). This former stretch of mountain…

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Silver City: Wallace, Idaho

June 01, 2012 - American Profile

Ron Dionne, 61, boards an elevator at the Galena Mine in Wallace, Idaho (pop. 784), and descends 3,000 feet to a tunnel that he and his crew are drilling and blasting to expose lead-silver seams embedded in the rock walls. “Here’s a pretty good vein,” says Dionne, a second-generation…

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Take a Step Back in Time in Wallace, Idaho

March 23, 2011 - Reader's Digest

Idaho To visit this remarkably preserved town is to step back into the turn of the century. Indeed, the entire downtown district, a virtual compendium of architectural styles, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One can take a self-guiding walking tour of 38 historic buildings constructed…

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Historic Wallace, Idaho

January 01, 2011 - Bus Tours Magazine

Few places are as emboldened with history, recreation and natural beauty as the path Interstate 90 cuts across the panhandle of North Idaho. The Silver Valley of North Idaho offers much at an enjoyable pace and values rarely found in today’s travels. The hub of the region is the last town entirely…

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North Idaho TravelCast: Wallace, Idaho

November 30, 2010 - Idaho Travel Network

Wallace Idaho was featured on the Idaho Travel Network, a website dedicated to visitors and locals sharing travel experiences in North Idaho.

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Taking the High Road

November 01, 2010 - Business Today More: Travel

Okay, so before I started, I was a little afraid of the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho (a mountainous state in the US, bordering Canada), given its long, dark tunnels, high trestles and gravel roadbed. Well, turns out that the tunnel is more like fun. But it’s also haunted….I think. The trestles sure…

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Wallace Inn: Wallace, Idaho

November 01, 2010 - NTA’s Courier

In addition to serving as director of operations at the Wallace Inn, Rick Shaffer has another title–prime minister of historic Wallce, Idaho.  In filling both roles, the longtime tourism professional knows customer service is priority one.

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Destination: Wallace, Idaho

October 15, 2010 - AAA Journey

If you traveled east on I-90 through Idaho from 1967 to 1991, you’ll remember Wallace, Idaho, the mountain town that defied and then finessed the federal government out of running the interstate straight through town. Led by the late Harry Magnuson, the town’s elders managed to get every single building…

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Wallace featured in Great Places in America: Streets

October 14, 2010 - American Planning Association

During the course of its 126-year history, Bank Street has brushed up against fate — and total ruin — three times. The street was rebuilt twice after two devastating forest fires around the turn of the 20th century, including the largest in U.S. history in 1910. Sixty years later, Bank Street…

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Trail of the Month: October 2010

October 11, 2010 - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

For trail lovers around the country, these two Idaho rail-trails hardly need an introduction: the 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha. They’ve been featured multiple times in Rails to Trails magazine, and in countless “Tell Us” responses, letters and summer remembrances.…

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America's Coolest Small Towns

October 01, 2010 - Budget Travel

Preservation and industriousness are key in Wallace, a former mining town in northwest Idaho where every single building (including a brothel that closed its doors in 1988 after pressure from the Feds) is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oasis Bordello Museum remains trapped in time,…

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Full steam ahead along the Milwaukee Road

September 04, 2010 - Star Tribune

Pedaling into Taft Tunnel, which burrows beneath the Bitterroot Mountains at the Montana-Idaho border, my sons and I quickly plunged into blackness. Scents of damp rock, the sounds of water running down the walls and an abrupt drop in temperature enveloped us in otherworldliness.

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Get tunnel vision in Idaho

August 23, 2010 - New York Post

The Bitterroot Mountains of northern Idaho aren’t terrifically hospitable, and getting the railroad through here back in the early 1900s — a necessary task to better connect the industrial cities of the Great Lakes with the Pacific Northwest — was no easy feat. In one 15-mile stretch…

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Head North to Wallace

August 13, 2010 - Idaho Statesman'sTreasure Magazine

A manhole cover at the intersection of Bank and Sixth streets in downtown Wallace declares the town to be “The Center of the Universe” - a claim most visitors will cheerfully dismiss as local boosterism. However, for the next few weeks, Wallace will definitely be the focus of the firefighting world.…

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Brake for these towns

August 01, 2010 - Sunset Magazine

Up here in the Idaho Panhandle, Sandpoint and other lake resorts get all the press. But Wallace is a gem. The silver-mining capital’s 19th-century downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places, and there’s great outdoor recreation like the Route of the Hiawatha - one of the country’s most…

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10 great places to (bike) ride the rails

May 21, 2010 - USA Today

This beautiful trail includes the 1.7-mile St. Paul Pass tunnel, so bring a bike light. There’s also the magnificent Clear Creek trestle, a 760-foot span that stands 220 feet high. There’s even a shuttle so you don’t have to pedal back to the start. skilookout.com/hiawatha

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Ride the magnificent Route of the Hiawatha - North America’s best Rails to Trails, Tunnels & Trestles Experience!

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Wallace Inn News

June 17, 2014 | Northwest U.S. hosts many of best of Rails to Trails routes

WALLACE, IDAHO — In many parts of the country, abandoned train tracks have been repurposed into multi-use exercise trails. The best of them — a little more than two dozen routes in all — are in the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and several of those are located in the Northwest…

Read Full Story »
June 04, 2014 | What Are the Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.?

A:Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, covering…

Read Full Story »