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From Boom to Bust in the Backcountry—and Back Again

May 23, 2018 - Rails to Trails

Get an inside look at Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a stunning 72-mile pathway that has spurred economic revitalization in America’s silver heartland.

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In North Idaho's Silver Valley, food purveyors lured by opportunity and quality of life

March 30, 2018 - Inlander

Culture & Food » Food & Drink In North Idaho’s Silver Valley, food purveyors lured by opportunity and quality of life by Carrie Scozzaro March 29, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Reddit Pinterest Wallace is worth a trip for both its food and scenic attractions. - WALLACE CHAMBER PHOTO Wallace…

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The Little Town In Idaho That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World

October 30, 2017 - ONLY IN YOUR STATE

The Little Town In Idaho That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World Of all the towns in Idaho, it’s hard to choose just one to be the “most unique” — they’re all pretty special! But one charming town in the panhandle is so singular that it’s been recognized…

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This Hauntingly Beautiful Idaho Ghost Town Is Plagued With A Violent Past

September 22, 2017 - ONLYINYOURSTATE

Just a short drive from the more well-known town of Wallace in North Idaho is a town that is only known by few. The ruins of this abandoned town are impressive to say the least. The buildings still stand tall and it’s not hard to imagine the town bustling with people. However, the town’s…

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There’s A Stairway To Heaven Hiding In Idaho And It’s Absolutely Breathtaking

September 21, 2017 - ONLYINYOURSTATE

Wallace, Idaho is one of the most charming small towns in Idaho. It’s got a whole lot going for it. It’s even considered to be the center of the universe. It’s also one of the most beautiful places in the Gem State. Located in the panhandle, this ex mining town is nestled in between…

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High Times in the Bitterroots

June 01, 2017 - True West

0 0 0 0 Wallace Idaho true west The historic Idaho town of Wallace was named by Lucy Wallace to honor her opportunistic husband and founder, Col. William R. Wallace. Wallace, who wasn’t even a colonel, is legendary for buying the town’s original 80 acres with tender that was illegal Sioux…

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The Prettiest Town in Every State

May 10, 2017 - msn

Wallace, Idaho is a historic mining town with a small population of only 784. Although there is still silver mining done in the area — the town’s nickname is “Silver Capital of the World” — the mountains surrounding Wallace create a striking backdrop to the historic buildings…

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Much More Than Potatoes: Why Northern Idaho Is the Perfect Road Trip Destination

April 04, 2017 - The Huffington Post

“Idaho? Why Idaho?” This is the reaction of my bewildered New Yorker friend when I tell her where I’m going for my first road trip ever. “Because I don’t know anything about it!” I tell her excitedly. Well, besides potatoes. I’ve traveled the world for 6 years…

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Historic Wallace – Northern Idaho’s Best Kept Secret for Skiing

February 23, 2017 - Local Freshies

Exploration. Adventure. Culture. Those are the things I personally look for when skiing & snowboarding. Growing up a Midwest kid, I’ve always looked for mountains and ski-towns that were different and untainted… Special gems that are less corporate and more pure. The town of Wallace…

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On the Lookout for the Snowiest Ski Resort in Idaho

February 23, 2017 - Local Freshies

Where is the snowiest ski resort in Idaho? Is it Sun Valley? How about Schweitzer? Nope. It’s a small spot nestled on the border between Montana and Idaho called Lookout Pass. With nearly 400″ of snow annually, our Idaho road trip wouldn’t be complete without releasing our inner powder…

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January 23, 2017 - Northwest Travel and Life

Photo © Visit Idaho With tree-covered mountains soaring high above either side of the road, and the highway unfolding like an asphalt ribbon, stopping is not usually part of the plan for those traveling the 73-mile stretch of Interstate 90 across Idaho’s panhandle. Twenty-five years ago,…

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The Cutest Town in Every U.S. State

September 02, 2016 - Pure Wow

16.9K SHARES TRAVEL | SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 The Cutest Town in Every U.S. State Cities are so overrated Sure, cities are big and bustling and exciting, but there’s something special about small town livin’. Here, the most adorable little towns in every state. They may be tiny, but they have…

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Finding Adventure Gold in Idaho’s Silver Valley

September 02, 2016 - The Path Less Pedaled/Visit Idaho

Idaho’s Silver Valley is as rich with outdoor adventure as it was once was with silver… if you are willing to dig a little. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha are the cycling jewels of the area, but a little extra research turned up the somewhat mysterious…

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Wallace, Idaho Tiny Town Travels

August 15, 2016 -

Let’s be honest. You’ve never heard of Wallace, have you? This tiny town of just under 800 residents will knock your socks off (and in some cases, that’s literally happened). Hold on tight as we share some silver nuggets of what we learned about this tiny, yet mighty, town. Wallace, ID Tiny Town Travels…

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The Self-Proclaimed Center of the Universe is in Wallace, Idaho

July 13, 2016 - Atlas Obscura

On the corner of Bank Street and Sixth Street in the quaint mining town of Wallace, Idaho, you will find a manhole. Initially, it may seem like an unremarkable sewer cover, but step a bit closer and you’ll realize it is much, much more: It is the Center of the Universe. The town of Wallace is…

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America's Panhandles, Ranked From 1 to 10

April 06, 2016 - National Geographic

Picture of a map of panhandles in the United States NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CARTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT By Robert Reid It’s easy enough spotting a panhandle on a pan: Just look at the part you use to lift it off the stove. Identifying a panhandle on a state can be trickier. The USA, apparently, has 10…

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Wallace, Idaho: 5 Things We Love

July 21, 2015 - Via

The entire downtown of this Silver Valley mining town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its crenellated brick buildings in proud repose near a freeway bypass built to preserve them. Area code is 208. 1 Go to the Red Light Garage for huckleberry pancakes and shakes. Owners Jamie…

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Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame routes in Idaho, Montana — and closer

February 02, 2015 - The Seattle Times

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 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame. Among those: Northern Idaho’s Trail…

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50 essential Western travel experiences

January 30, 2015 - Sunset Magazine

Cycle high in the sky The Route of the Hiawatha, ID The West has lots of bike trails. So why go all the way to Northern Idaho to pedal? Because if your criterion is an incredibly scenic trail that a normal, not-insane person can do, this is the best bike ride in the world. The trail follows the path…

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My Top 10 'Authentic' Small Towns in America

November 17, 2014 - World Property Journal

There are “artsy” small towns. “Outdoorsy” ones. “Swank” ones. “Cool” ones. But this list is different. It’s about “real,” “authentic” American small towns… where nature is beautiful, shops are unique, and smiles are genuine. And some of them may surprise you… No. 10 - WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK - Woodstock…

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Wallace, Idaho Offers Winning Weekend Getaway

September 09, 2014 -

In the northern portion of the state of Idaho, just below Alberta and British Columbia, lies the tiny town of Wallace, Idaho. Popular for its historic charm, mountain access and helpful locals, it makes for a charming weekend getaway. If you’re planning making the journey, there are a few items…

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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.

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Hiawatha Discovery
  • 1 Night in a deluxe queen room, double occupancy
  • Route of the Hiawatha trail and shuttle passes for two
  • 15% Breakfast coupon for our Trailside Cafe

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

Cruise down the 17 mile Old Milwaukee Road Rail line marveling at the majestic mountain- and valleyscapes while carving through 10 dark tunnels and over 7 sky high trestles.

Bask in clean fresh air, glorious views and high altitude recreation – all easily accessible off Interstate 90.

Return to the Wallace Inn to relax and to regale family and friends with your day’s adventures in our soothing hot tub, indoor pool, saunas and comfy queen bedded rooms.

Priced right to make your visit to North Idaho all “downhill.”                             

May 26 to June 28 and September 3 to 23:

  • Sunday-Thursday.  Regular price $179. Special package rate $159.
  • Friday-Saturday. Regular price $198. Special package rate $179.

June 29 to September 2:

  • Regular price $219. Special package rate $199.

Reserve space on the Wallace Inn shuttle to/from the Route of the Hiawatha 72 hours in advance of your ride. Round trip $55/ticket.

To book please call 1-800-643-2386.

Upgrades and extra nights available at a discounted rate. Package rates not available for walk-ins. Rates may increase during festival or holiday periods.


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Wallace Inn News

May 23, 2018 | From Boom to Bust in the Backcountry—and Back Again

Get an inside look at Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a stunning 72-mile pathway that has spurred economic revitalization in America’s silver heartland.

Read Full Story »
March 30, 2018 | In North Idaho's Silver Valley, food purveyors lured by opportunity and quality of life

Culture & Food » Food & Drink In North Idaho’s Silver Valley, food purveyors lured by opportunity and quality of life by Carrie Scozzaro March 29, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Reddit Pinterest Wallace is worth a trip for both its food and scenic attractions. - WALLACE CHAMBER PHOTO Wallace…

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