Our journey begins along the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, a favorite route that offers you some of the most spectacular water views in the northwest. Heading east towards the Montana border, though farmland and river deltas, we'll enjoy breathtaking vistas of open water and the massive rocky northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cinnamon roll or a sticky bun and grab a cup of coffee at our first stop, the Clark Fork Pantry bakery, where their highly acclaimed, all natural, made-from-scratch baked goods taste just like grandma used to make.
Continuing east, you'll experience picturesque views of the Clark Fork River as we approach the Montana border and arrive at the Cabinet Gorge Dam Overlook. Built in the 1950's to solve the critical northwest energy shortage of the time, Cabinet Gorge dam and its sister facility, the Noxon Rapids dam, provide the annual electricity needs for more than 200,000 households.
Hopping back on the bus and heading north along the Bull River Valley road, this former Indian trail presents spectacular views of the Bull River and Bull Lake as well as the wild country rising up on either side of the valley. One of the star attractions along our route, the Ross Creek Cedars Grove will make you feel small. Flanking both sides of the creek, giant cedar trees some more than 8 feet in diameter and 175 feet tall have flourished here since before Columbus reached the Americas. A 1-mile long nature trail (an easy, flat walk) will guide you through the towering giants and meandering creek helping to enhance this very special experience.
Our tour's feature attraction, Kootenai Falls is the largest undammed waterfall in the state of Montana and is considered a sacred site by the Kootenai tribe. A short, easy hike reveals the turquoise-blue falls displaying a breathtaking and unforgettable view as the Kootenai River loses 300 feet in elevation over a distance of a few hundred yards. For the more adventurous, take the short hike to the Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge, which allows you to cross the river from 100 feet above and delivers unbeatable views of the nearby Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. Lunch and beverages will be provided in the picnic area at the start of the trailhead.
On the road again and heading west on Highway 2, we'll travel over the Moyie River Bridge that offers excellent views of the river gorge below.. At 464 feet, above the Moyie River, it is one of the tallest deck truss bridges in the world. The town of Bonners Ferry sprouted up out of a Kootenai River crossing for prospectors heading to gold discoveries in Canada in the 1860’s. We'll visit The Boundary County Museum, another North Idaho hidden gem, which showcases a collection of historical photos, artifacts and exhibits revealing the people and origins of Boundary County.
Tour List Price Includes:
- 7 1/2 -Hour Guided Tour (Approx.)
- 6 Featured Stops
- Numerous points of interest along the route
- Complimentary picnic lunch and beverages served at the Kootenai Falls picnic area
- Admission fee to the Boundary County Museum
- Enlightening and entertaining commentary by your local guide
- Complimentary bottled water and light snacks are available
- For your convenience, spray mister bottles, umbrellas, binoculars and lap blankets are available for use
- Good vibes in a vintage VW bus!
- Note: Applicable tour taxes and fees and gratuity for your guide are not included
Things You Need To Know:
- A 4-guest minimum is required to operate this tour. We will contact you by the morning of your tour if we need to reschedule.
- The bus can accommodate up to 7 guests. Seating is first come, first served.
- Ages 5 and under are permitted only when reserving the entire bus for a private tour. Just choose the "Wanna Make It A Private Tour" option on the Book Now calendar.
- Please bring appropriate child seating
- Sun protection of your choice is highly recommended
- Due to uneven terrain on the paths/trails at Ross Creek and Kootenai Falls, we suggest closed toe shoes or hiking sandals. Note: At Kootenai Falls, there is an elevated pedestrian bridge crossing over the railroad tracks that requires climbing up and descending down stairs.
- If you have specific dietary needs and if you let us know ahead of time, we will do our best to accommodate you. We strongly suggest you use your own best judgement, since you are the one who is most knowledgeable about any food sensitivities you may have.
- Due to seasonal hours and vendor availability, some attractions listed on this tour may need to be changed.
- PICK-UP and DROP-OFF for this tour is at the Foster's Crossing Parking Lot at 504 Oak St. in Sandpoint. Look for the blue Feelin' Groovy VW bus. Free public parking is available in this lot and the city lot across the street at 513 Oak St.
Featured on this tour:
Boundary County Museum
The Boundary County Museum, another North Idaho hidden gem, showcases a collection of historical photos, artifacts and exhibits revealing the people and origins of the county.
Clark Fork Pantry Bakery & Deli
The Pantry features all-natural, made-from-scratch breads, cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and much more... just like grandma used to make!
Cabinet Gorge Dam Overlook
Located on the Clark Fork River, the Cabinet Gorge dam and its sister facility, the Noxon Rapids dam, provide the annual electricity needs for more than 200,000 households.
Ross Creek Cedars
A star attraction of Montana's Bull River Country, the Ross Creek Cedars grove has flourished here since before Columbus reached the Americas.
Considered a sacred site by the Kootenai Tribe, Kootenai Falls is the largest undammed waterfall in the state of Montana.
Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge
The iconic Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge crosses the river from 100 feet above and delivers unbeatable views of the river and the nearby Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.