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Historic mining town (population 1010) just off Hwy I-90. Famous as the "Silver Capital of the World." Every building in town is on the U.S. National Historic Register (district #83000289).
Walking through the town on foot is like stepping back into the early 1900's. Free maps pinpoint and describe historic homes and downtown buildings. Check out the visitor attractions, such as the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum, the Wallace District Mining Museum, and the Sixth Street Melodrama theatre. Although there is nothing risque here, the Oasis Bordello Museum isn't for children. Many jewelry stores, antique, and specialty shops are interspersed with eateries of all kinds.
The raw beauty of the Coeur d'Alene Mountains and ambience of the vicinity attracts not only tourists, but the Hollywood film industry as well. Dante's Peak, a major motion picture starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton, was filmed here in 1996. Remnants from the set are still in evidence. Rent the volcano disaster movie when you get home and let the kids identify the familiar background scenes.
Wallace is located in The Silver Valley, which has year round activities for the whole family, including alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Lookout Pass Ski Area is known for its family atmosphere. Nearby is Silver Mountain Ski and Recreation Area. Both resorts are praised as being inexpensive, fun, and only about a five-hour drive from Seattle.
If winter sports are not for you, how about fishing, camping, mountain climbing, river rafting, kayaking, golf, or seasonal deer and elk hunting? Particular tracks have been designated for ATV or 4-wheel vehicles, too.
For mountain bikers and hikers only (no motorized vehicles allowed), the Route of the Hiawatha is a beautiful section of abandoned railroad bed converted into a wide trail. Ten tunnels and 7 high trestles enliven the 13-mile route. Wildlife and scenic views abound. This is just one small section of the Rails to Trails bike routes in the area. Mountain bikes, helmets with lights, and other equipment for adults and children can be rented at the Lookout Pass Ski Area, a few miles east of Wallace. The reluctant rider can upgrade the rental to a bike with front suspension and a more comfortable seat. Maps of the trail are available at the ski area and the Best Western Wallace Inn.
Find all the visitor information you need to plan your trip to Wallace. Just use the navigation links in the left hand column or the drop down menu at the top of the page to find accommodations and lodging, restaurants and dining, activities and recreation, along with attractions and points of interest.
Historic Wallace Idaho
Known for its silver mining history and mountain recreation, Wallace offers two ski areas, access to numerous snowmobile trails and many alpine lakes. Web site offers a wealth of information about this historic town in Silver Valley.
Road Trip America
Personal narrative and photos by Mark Sedenquist and Megan Edwards of their stay in Sandpoint and then Wallace. They describe the people they met, and interesting things to see, such as Jerry McKinnon's spaceship house.
Silver Country Tours
Offering adventure travel in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Online bookings.
Wallace Brewing Company. 610 Bank Street, Wallace, ID 83873. Phone: 208-660-3430.
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