Note: This tour has a multiple location pick-up & drop-off option, departing from Coeur d'Alene at 11:00AM and returning at approximately 5:30PM, as well as from Sandpoint departing at 9:45AM and returning at approximately 6:30PM.
Heading east to The Silver Valley, our first stop for a casual lunch is at The Snake Pit, a local landmark for over 135 years and known as the oldest restaurant in Idaho. Located at the fork of the Coeur d’Alene river, the Snake Pit has served as a boom-town bar, railroad layover, hotel, house of ill repute and starting point for loggers and miners of yesteryear. Today they blend the new with the old in providing your favorite food and beverage in their unique, rustic atmosphere.
Between Kellogg and Wallace, we'll make a quick but impactful stop at the Sunshine Miners Memorial, a 13-foot-tall metal miner, with a glowing headlamp that memorializes those killed in the Sunshine Mine disaster of May 2, 1972. The statue stands behind 91 miniature tombstones, one for each miner who suffocated in a smoky fire at America's largest silver mine.
On to Wallace where our first stop will be the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum, where you'll step back in time to when railroads were king of transportation. As you enter the museum, you step into the re-creation of an early working railroad station. The exhibits tell the rich history of railroading in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District dating back to 1887.
The Wallace District Mining Museum was recently named one of the finest research and educational institutions in the state. The museum offers a series of lively exhibits on area mining, The Mining Wars, the Great Fires of 1910, the sex trade, Dante’s Peak movie exhibits, plus thousands of print and digital archives of historic photos, maps and documents available for researchers. Their gift shop is Wallace’s premier outlet for silver coin and bullion, and offers handcrafted jewelry, books, maps and souvenirs.
Finally, experience a tour of the Oasis Bordello Museum, a former Wild West cat-house that remained open for business until 1988. The guided tour explains the early history, as well as the rushed departure of its occupants through information gathered from former maids, clients and even the girls themselves. The tour is appropriately presented for all ages.
Tour List Price Includes:
- 6 1/2-Hour Tour (Approx.)
- 5 Featured Stops
- Numerous points of interest along the route
- Admission fees to The Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum
- Admission fees to The Wallace District Mining Museum
- Admission fees to The Oasis Bordello 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: Your lunch at The Snake Pit, 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
- 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
- There is a lot to see and do in and around Wallace. If you have more time than the tour allows, ask us about other interesting attractions that can be added to your tour or consider an additional tour date to enhance your experience.
- Due to seasonal hours and vendor availability, some attractions listed on this tour may need to be changed
- PICK-UP and DROP-OFF: This tour has a multiple location pick-up & drop-off option... departing from the Coeur d'Alene Target parking lot at 315 W. Canfield Ave. at 11:00AM and returning at approximately 5:30PM, and/or departing from Sandpoint at the Foster's Crossing Parking Lot at 504 Oak St. at 9:45AM and returning at approximately 6:30PM.
- At either location, look for the blue Feelin' Groovy Tours VW bus!
Featured on this tour:
Oasis Bordello Museum
This former Wild West cat-house in Wallace, now a museum, remained open for business until 1988 when the threat of an FBI raid hastened a rushed departure.
Wallace District Mining Museum
Named one of the finest educational institutions in the state. Thousands of archives and exhibits on The Mining Wars, the Big Burn Fire of 1910, the sex trade and much more!
Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum
Step back in time as this Wallace historic landmark returns you to a time when railroads were king of transportation.
The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit has been a North Idaho landmark for over 138 years! It has served as a boom-town bar, railroad layover, hotel, house of ill repute and now as one of the areas best restaurants.
Sunshine Miners Memorial
Near the town of Wallace, a 13-foot-tall metal miner, with a glowing headlamp, memorializes those killed in the Sunshine Mine disaster of May 2, 1972.