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Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

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Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

We are invited to a wedding in southeast Washington, the Richland area. We have decided to make it a vacation by adding 6 to 7 days. Finding information is a bit confusing...please help with suggestions of Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Ranches, lake rentals, etc. We love hiking and horseback riding while staying in a clean, quiet, lovely place. We are active empty nesters. Thank you!

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1. Re: Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

Actually we refer to it as North Idaho! Help us narrow down some suggestions for you by answering some additional questions.

Are you looking for one place to stay for the 6 or 7 days or are you looking to tour around the area? When are you coming?

Are you flying in to Richland/TriCities? Renting a car? Were you wanting to get back to TriCities to leave or were you going to book open jaw and perhaps fly out of Spokane?

There are some beautiful things to see in this area, including NE Oregon (Joseph area) as well as N. Idaho. Lake Coeur d'Alene is a huge deep gorgeous lake. There are jet boat trips up the Snake River from Lewiston into Hell's Canyon. There is lots of hiking. There are Lewis and Clark Expedition related sights.

What kind of confusing information are you trying to sort thru?

OK, you've got homework! lol

Pam

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2. Re: Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

Thank you Pam!

We thought we would fly in and out of Spokane; renting a car. If we should into another airport, please suggest. This is a totally new part of the country for us. We typically like to stay in a quiet inn/bed and breakfast type of accommodation then branch out from there. We enjoy the dude ranch experience and do ride horses, we like to hike. My husband enjoys the fresh, clean air with the solitude of nature, so towns and cities with shopping are not to our liking when in the West.

Couer d'Alene popped onto our radar but if northern Oregon would be better or another part of Washington, please suggest.

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Actually, I would recommend Coeur d'Alene first, altho it is a resort-type city. I am glad you are flying in to Spokane, there are flights to Richland but you'll do better in and out of Spokane with a car rental.

I'll throw out some things and if any sound interesting, let me know and we can work together to try to come up with an itinerary for you.

-Jet boat tour up the Snake River to Hells Canyon. There are whole and half day tours. It's about 3 hours from Richland to Lewiston/Clarkston (collectively called *The Valley*) so if you do a 1/2 day tour you can probably come over in the AM, if you do a whole day you will need to come the night before. Some of the tour companies offer hiking. (http://www.vogeloutdooradventures.com/). Others I am not sure about the hiking thing ( http://www.hellscanyontours.com/index.html) There are other tour companies as well. You will probably want to spend this night in the valley.

If you want to then head to Coeur d'Alene and make a *base* there, east of there near Wallace, one of the hikes I have wanted to do and havent gotten around to is the Pulaski tunnel hike. visitidaho.org/attraction/…

There was a HUGE forest fire in 1910, Ed Pulaski herded his crew of men into this abandoned mine shaft as the fire raged over them, holding them at gunpoint to keep them from leaving.

From CdA, in addition to hiking, if you like biking there are awesome rails to trails bike/hike paths called the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha.

http://friendsofcdatrails.org/

http://www.ridethehiawatha.com/

There are many hiking opportunities all around Cda including Tubbs hill, which overlooks the lake.

There is also wonderful hiking up highway 12 East of Lewiston. That is a beautiful road if you are wanting to do some driving. It is the Lewis and Clark route (the river, not the road, lol) unless you are Lewis and Clarked out being from StL. The DeVoto Cedar Grove (old growth cedar) and short hikes out of the visitor center at Lolo Pass come to mind. There are lots of historical sights along this road relating to Lewis and Clark or the Nez Perce.

I am not up on dude ranches or B&B's, but I will message a person from the Idaho Tourist association who posts on here some and see what information she has.

Pam

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4. Re: Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

I am appreciative of your help! Thank you!

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5. Re: Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

Hi Louis14221,

Please check out these guest ranches that are located in northern Idaho

http://www.visitidaho.org/guest-ranch/ and B & B's http://www.nibba.com/

Please feel free to call me with any questions. Margot, Visit Idaho 's Concierge @ 800 -847-4843

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6. Re: Northeast Washington/northwest Idaho travel

Thanks for replying Margot!!

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