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Celebrate 70 Years of RVing... In the Far West

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Far West
Some of the best times spent on the open road can be experienced by finding evidence of America’s evolving character, or “Americana”. It can be found in many forms and can produce the kind of RVing memories that can easily last a lifetime. Sometimes, the feelings of nostalgia can be triggered by a roadside diner located along a vast stretch of Arizona desert. Another time, it can come over you in an abandoned mine somewhere in the hills of the Pacific Northwest. While one person’s Americana may be another person’s tourist trap, the true RVer, gripped by wanderlust and curiosity, can seek out these places to judge for themselves. The American Far West is one region chock-full of nostalgic surprises. For years, these wide open spaces held little evidence of Western civilization. Today evidence abounds, from the days of Arizona’s Wild West to dog sled races in central Alaska. The point is to get out discover these places for yourself. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of some of the finest nostalgic places in the American West. They’re found along major byways, historic roadways, and lesser-known routes. But whatever route you choose, one thing is for certain: Along the way, you’ll surely discover your own sense of Americana.

Let’s start our nostalgic Far West tour in Southern Arizona, a land rich in history dating back to the days of the volatile Wild West and even further back, to the Spanish Mission era. Start your tour in the once rip-roarin’ town of Tombstone. Having seen the recent movie of the same name doesn’t excuse you from a visit here. Okay, so the rough-and-tumble cowboy town of yore is long gone, but Tombstone gets credit for capitalizing on its legendary past when Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday owned the streets. Old West re-enactments abound, from the famous Boothill Graveyard to the gunfight at the OK Corral, the legendary, classic shoot-out that actually lasted less than a minute.

While in the area, don’t miss a chance to take in the area’s marvelous Spanish history, particularly at San Xavier del Bac, a fully-restored 18th century mission which lies just south of Tucson.

Tucson is also home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC), a graveyard and recycling center for thousands of retired military airplanes. If it ever flew for the “ol’ red, white, and blue”, it might still be found somewhere here. The facilities of Pima Air and Space Museum also present the importance of aeronautics to Southern Arizona, where countless planes and other craft have been tested over the years.

The famed and curious Biosphere 2 Center lies just northeast of Tucson and is worthy of at least a token look-see. Home to one of the world’s most ambitious and controversial scientific experiments ever, the 1990’s-era project ultimately failed in its bid to recreate all of the planet’s biomes in this 3.5-acre glass enclosure. Oh, well, the structures still look pretty cool. Today, Biosphere 2 offers regular tours.

If you’re still intent on exploring more of Biosphere 1 (a.k.a. Earth), head northwest on Interstate 10 towards Phoenix. Thirty miles northeast of the city towers Theodore Roosevelt Dam. The sight will leave you speechless. This massive dam was the first project to be completed under the Federal Reclamation Act of 1902 under President Theodore Roosevelt and the very first of several large-scale irrigation projects that flourished in the Southwest. Much of the population of Central Arizona can thank Mr. Roosevelt and his enduring structure for supplying their drinking water. While snooping around Phoenix, go meet some modern-day pioneers at Sun City, “America’s First Planned Retirement Community.”

Native American Hoop Dancer   Credit:  Arizona Tourism From Phoenix, head north on US-17 towards Flagstaff. On your way, be sure to check out one of North America’s earliest known communities at Montezuma Castle National Monument, featuring a stunning 12th-century pueblo carved into the side of a cliff.

In Flagstaff, be sure to sneak a peek at the world-famous Lowell Observatory. Call ahead for opening hours and stop to get a good look at deep space. East of Flagstaff, along Interstate 40, is the town of Meteor Crater, where you’ll find, well, a meteor crater. This is no pint-sized impact zone – it’s absolutely huge! We’re talking more than 4,000 feet across, with loads of wonderful viewing areas to take it all in.

Located some 105 miles east of Flagstaff and just outside of Holbrook, AZ is the Petrified Forest National Park. The park is home to one of the world’s largest concentration of petrified wood, historic structures, archeological sites, petroglyphs and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils. The park has been a tourist favorite since it was created by FDR in 1906.

Plan a trip to the Colorado River to visit the original London Bridge, in Lake Havasu City. Everyone laughed when magnate Robert McColluch purchased the bridge for $2.4 million and relocated it to its new Arizona home in 1960s. But no one is laughing now as this tourist attraction regularly brings in the masses to gaze at the inspiration for the famous nursery rhyme. Another pleasant distraction, Oatman Ghost Town, is but a short drive away.

Monument Valley’s lonely buttes are familiar to even first-time visitors because they’ve been seen on television and in film, ever since director John Ford first “cast” them in his classic westerns. A 17-mile loop drive takes you past most of the more familiar landmarks.

Don’t vacate the state without a stop in Yuma. After all, why miss a small taste of prison life at the turn of the 19th century Yuma Territorial Prison State Historical Park. The park’s museum has a wonderful display on life and lore of the American West during the 1800s along with marvelous Native American artifacts.

For purposes of this chapter, travelers can either begin their California invasion or try the Nevada/Idaho route instead (see down below). We know, we know, California’s hard to resist so let’s start things off there.

From Yuma, head due west on Interstate 8, which skirts the southern boundary of California on its way to San Diego and the California coast. When you reach San Diego, one must-see attraction is the venerable San Diego Zoo, featuring undoubtedly one of the finest and most impressive collection of animals in the world. The zoo is well-known for its collection of rare species, as well as its progressive “cageless” displays that put the animals in a near-natural habitat. When downtown, stop by the magnificent Presidio Park and the historic Mission San Diego while you’re at it.

From sunny San Diego, point the RV north out of town through Orange County, an area that experienced the lion’s share of Southern California’s urbanization during the late-twentieth century. In this vast landscape sits one of the most universally recognized locations of the 20th century, one of America’s greatest monuments to Americana – Disneyland. Come on, you can’t pass by without a ride on newly-reopened Space Mountain or visit its many other attractions. Sure, it’s not as impressive and overwhelming as its Florida sister park, and for many that’s considered a good thing. However, if Walt Disney’s visionary world isn’t your preference, head over to the nearby, and charming Knott’s Berry Farm, “America’s Oldest Theme Park.” It might be this country’s most underrated theme park as well. Enjoy.

Heading north you’ll soon find yourself in the expansive sprawl that is the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Not exactly an RVers haven (the traffic and urban snarl might tempt you to slow foot out of town), but Los Angeles, like any big city, is not without its fair share of nostalgic inspiration. Check out the famed Hollywood Bowl, which has played host to some of the world’s finest music acts – and still does. If you’re in L.A. during the New Year, be sure to stop in Pasadena to soak in all the Rose Bowl ballyhoo.

If navigating your rig through a major city doesn’t intrigue you, hold tight, the amazingly beautiful Highway 1 (The Pacific Coast Highway) offers a chance for you to enjoy the best of California as it winds its way north along the coast all the way to Oregon. True, the winding roadway and continuous Pacific Ocean view might make for some white knuckles for those driving bigger coaches, but it’s a gorgeous way to take your trip north. Those looking for an inland route should then consider US-101, which runs parallel to Highway 1 most of the way through the state.

From Los Angeles on Highway 1 north, your next stop might be quaint Santa Barbara, a charming city with an impressive display of Mediterranean-style architecture. Further on, just north of San Luis Obispo lies one of the nation’s most impressive architectural examples of conspicuous wealth – Hearst Castle. Built by publisher William Randolph Hearst in the mid-19th century, Hearst Castle became one of the world’s finest showplaces and today stands as a monument to American indulgence. It seems Hearst was never satisfied with his massive homestead and over the years he continued to add rooms. Today, the stunning complex boasts 56 bedrooms, 41 fireplaces, 61 bathrooms, over 90,080 square feet in all. Imagine if Hearst designed a similar RV, it might be three miles long!

Wonders of a more natural theme await you north along Highway 1, including the Monterey Peninsula and incomparable Big Sur. Slow down and enjoy. The scenery along this part of the California coast ranks it as one of the most beautiful regions anywhere on earth. Continuing north you’ll soon find yourself in Monterey, an impressive seaside town known for its charming folk art and architecture.

In Monterey you’ll find Cannery Row. Today, the area is more of a tourist trap with few remnants of the Depression Era romanticized in John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. Consider stopping at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It has an impressive collection of the wildlife found along the California coast into its artificial marine displays.

Heading north from the Monterey area, you’ll soon find yourself entering San Francisco, a city chock-full of attractions and must-see’s. Take your time, this is not a city to rush through. Start your tour with a ride on one of the many cable cars that still serve San Franciscans and tourists alike. Also, you might think about enjoying your lunch or afternoon tea in Golden Gate Park, under the shadow of one of America’s most recognizable engineering icons, the Golden Gate Bridge.

Even if you don’t remember the 60’s, the hippie in you will muse nostalgic at beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore, a landmark that, in the 1950s and ‘60s regularly hosted intimate reading from such luminaries as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Afterwards, take a stroll through Haight-Ashbury. You’d never know it from the neighborhood Starbucks and Gap stores, but this former hippie haven was once home to rock bands the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. You’re also just a short ferry boat ride away from a tour of prison isle Alcatraz. When in Rome, right?

From San Francisco on Highway 1, keeping the Pacific Ocean off your left shoulder, you’ll once again find yourself among the natural wonders that draw travelers to Northern California. Consider a stop at Point Reyes National Seashore or Bodega Bay. Both offer prime opportunities to explore California’s romantic natural landscape. Remember to bring three key items to get the most out of your visit: binoculars, hiking boots, and a decadent picnic lunch stocked with examples of the area’s finer wineries. Sit back and say, “Ah, life is good.”

Eventually you’ll come across the fog-draped town of Mendocino. Today, the town takes pride in its wine-country fame as well as its timbering beginnings. Nostalgia chasers will also appreciate the character of this authentic and charming town. It was the setting for classic Hollywood flicks Summer of 42 and East of Eden, the James Dean film based on the Steinbeck novel.

As you head further north, you’ll soon find yourself in the land of the giant redwoods. Don’t miss an opportunity to drive the impressive Avenue of the Giants, a 33-mile route through a redwood forest. You’ll find little has changed from those classic black-and-white photos you’ve seen of families exploring these environs in simpler days. Sorry, your RV is too large to drive through any trees here.

Your next stop is Eureka, home to the William Carson Mansion. They say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and most people will have much to behold of this eclectic Victorian mansion. It’s definitely worth a stop to judge for yourself.

For those who decided to stay inland from our original Arizona stopping point (see above), welcome to Nevada. Obviously, we’re going to need to immediately roll (pun intended!) into Sin City itself, Las Vegas. What’s to say about Las Vegas that hasn’t been said already – folks either love it or hate it. However, it’s worth investigating no matter what side of the fence you’re on. If you have never been, or it’s been a while, give it another shot. No town in America has reinvented itself more than Las Vegas, which seems to be entering yet another “Golden Age.” The old-time acts like Wayne Newton are moving out, replaced by slicker, more artsy acts like Cirque du Soleil and casinos that take you away to New York City, Paris, Venice and beyond. But fear not, the Las Vegas of old hasn’t completely vanished, you just have to look a little harder to experience nostalgia. It’s the part of Vegas that first saw the Rat Pack. Check out Binion’s Horseshoe, an old-style gamblin’ joint that has ignored Vegas’ recent makeover. Today, Binion’s also hosts the World Series of Poker, an annual event whose growing popularity will soon rival that other World Series. Don’t miss The Stardust, a nostalgic casino that still displays its famous neon sign. Although the famous neon sign is gone from another classic casino, the Golden Nugget, gamblers are still welcome to throw their money away here. And what says “Vegas” more than a 40-foot giant, neon cowboy? Sure, the Pioneer Club may have closed up long ago, but the symbol of nostalgic Las Vegas -- Vegas Vic -- still greets visitors as a souvenir shop in the infamous “Glitter Gulch” section of downtown, where neon still rules brightly.

From Las Vegas, consider taking US-93 north until you reach the town of Ely, formerly known as Nevada’s longest-running mining venture. The mines dried up in the early 1980s and most people skipped town. What’s left is the semblance of a modern ghost town, but don’t count Ely down and out just yet. It features the Nevada Northern Railway Museum, a glimpse at what life was like in this one-time boomtown. For a little Nevada nostalgia away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, check out the Hotel Nevada, a landmark hotel with a giant cowboy sign outside, and plenty of active slots inside.

From Ely, head west on US-50, affectionately known as “The Loneliest Road.” This is the open road at its finest – or worst – depending on your need for human contact. The trappings of civilization are few and far between as your rig takes you across the open spaces of the southwest desert. Near the town of Sand Mountain, you’ll find some of the last remnants of America’s original postal service, The Pony Express. The region was once known as the most remote and dangerous stretch in the 1,900-mile Express route. A pair of relay stations still stand today, commemorating the intrepid riders of long ago.

Head west off US-50 and Virginia City comes a’calling. In 1859, the future of Nevada changed forever in this town when the Comstock Lode was discovered nearby, eventually producing over $300 million in mostly silver ore (in mid-1800’s dollars). Overnight, prospectors flocked to the area but, like all other boomtowns, the mines gradually tapped out and the town nearly wasted away. But thanks to the 1960s hit TV show “Bonanza!”, Virginia City enjoyed a new awakening as visitors came to see the town depicted on the show. It’s a charming little frontier- style town to spend a day exploring. You can even ride in an open-air rail car on the train tour.

Carson City, another original frontier town and the state capitol, is our last stop. Named after famed frontiersman Kit Carson, Carson City is a growing city with several landmarks casinos, most notable among them the venerable Carson Nugget. Old West nostalgia can be had on the nearby Kit Carson Trail, a walking path through the town’s residential district. The Governor’s Mansion (1909), State Mint (1869), 1800’s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches are all along the route. If you slow-drive the Kit Carson Trail in your RV, you can hear about celebrated locals of yesteryear at historic stops via locally-available AM radio broadcasts.

In the Beaver State, start your tour by spending a few days around the Klamath Falls area, located along the California/Oregon border. From there, follow US-97 north as it meanders its way through the center of the state.

The Klamath County Museum is worthy of your visit as it focuses on the Modoc War (1869-73), which helped shaped much of the Pacific Northwest.

From here, US-97 runs through a region of numerous lakes, recreational areas and swampland that the Modoc Indians once called home. The highway snakes through heavily forested land bound by Rogue River National Forest and Winema National Forest.

One worthwhile excursion is to head west a little ways ‘til you reach Crater Lake. There, take advantage of the 33-mile Rim Drive, which circles this impressive lake, sometimes as much as 2,000 feet above the water.

Continuing north you’ll soon find yourself in the town of Bend and the High Desert Museum. This facility is one of Oregon’s finest museums, and it presents the lives of early Native Americans and the courageous European settlers who first came to central Oregon. Before you consider your visit to Bend over, we suggest a stop at the kooky “Funny Farm”. Five miles north of town on US-97 you’ll find this place; a curious mix of corny humor, off-beat art and farm animals. It’s your only chance to see the Tire Totem Pole and meet “Matey” the goat.

Maintaining a northerly heading, you’ll find yourself in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. The area regularly attracts Portlanders looking for a little fun in the outdoors. A fantastic casino, golf, horseback riding, and a hot-springs-fed swimming pool also draw visitors to the resort.

North of the resort, US-97 leads us to a curious attraction known as the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Okay, that description doesn’t quite do this place justice. In actuality, John Day contains one of the world’s greatest fossil collections.

An alternative nostalgic route can be found in the classic highway US-395, which runs northeast out of California and through the Beaver State. Just north of Goose Lake is the town of Lakeview, home of Geyser Hot Springs Resort where non-resort guests can pony up a few dollars to take a dip in their hot springs pool. Also on hand is Oregon’s only geyser, which erupts every 90 seconds. While in town, make a stop at a peculiar site known as the Shoe Tree, an American cultural oddity that “sprouts” when one person throws their shoes into the tree. Hundreds of people have followed suit, and the result is that one of America’s best-known shoe trees is located in Lakeview.

Credit: Snohomish County Tourism Bureau/ State of Washington Washington
Like the rest of the Pacific Northwest, Washington’s biggest draw is its breathtaking coastline. If this is your cup of tea, too, consider taking US-12 around the Olympic Peninsula as it travels from Aberdeen east to Olympia. In Aberdeen, enjoy the life along Gray’s Harbor. There you’ll find the Lady Washington, the state’s largest and finest tall ship. Keeping heading east towards Olympia, where you’ll navigate your rig through several charming towns. We highly recommend the town of Montesano, a little village well-known for its heritage and food, especially their razorback clams.

US-12 ultimately delivers travelers to Olympia, simply one of Washington’s finest cities. A great place to start exploring Olympia is the area around the Capital, an historic and beautiful area for great walking and sight-seeing opportunities. Don’t miss the Tivoli Fountain reconstruction on the Capital lawn. Strongly consider a tour of the impressive Governor’s Mansion. While in the area, a visit to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument is a thoughtful diversion. Observe the effect of nature’s awe-inspiring power on the landscape as the site is still recovering from when the mountain blew its top in the early 1980s.

But Washington is hardly all craggy cliffs and pounding Pacific waves. The state is home to many treasures inland. One way to explore those wonders is to pick up US-97 near the town of Goldendale, in the lower-central part of the state near the Oregon border. This spirited route runs through some wonderfully diverse landscape as it heads north. Past Yakima, a major hub in this part of the state, stop by Thompson’s Fruit Farm. This centuries-old farm remains family-owned and operated (applause!). And yes, visitors can still sample a wide variety of natural treats or help themselves by picking some of the farm’s produce. After a stop to the fruit farm, get lost in downtown Yakima, a city full of old world charm and antique stores. Find your way to the impressive Capitol Theater. Erected in 1920 this art deco building was once the largest such venue in the Pacific Northwest. Today, it is home to the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Also, don’t miss the charming Museum Soda Fountain, an art deco display that commemorates those fantastic soda shops of a bygone era. The Yakima Cultural Center is a great place to start when exploring this northwest treasure. Then pull over for a great bite to eat at the Heritage Inn, where you can sample some modern and traditional Native American fare.

After Yakima, US-97 north merges into Interstate 82. Just north of Ellensburg you can pick up US-97 once again and continue your adventure, straight towards the outskirts of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Not only is this an excellent place for just about any recreational pursuit, but it’s also the nexus of US-97 and US-2 at the town of Leavenworth. One worthwhile stop here is the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, an impressive facility used to protect salmon populations otherwise affected by the Grand Coulee Dam operations. If you’d prefer an alternative route from Ellensburg to take you back to the coast, follow US-90 west to Seattle/Tacoma and US-5 north to Everett and Bellingham.

Heading east on US-97, consider a visit to Pioneer Village in the town of Cashmere. The town is home to a stunning recreation of frontier life during the 1800s. Today, the town attracts kayakers who brave the waters of the Columbia River. Speaking of which, follow the river to the town of Wenatchee, one of the most authentic period towns in central Washington. Straight out of the past, you and your RVing crew will discover several historic inns, an old-time ice cream parlor (make mine a double!), and an impressive cultural center, all surrounded by marvelous landscape.

For another inland route, take US-395 to Spokane in the eastern region of the state near the Idaho border. A Spokane adventure requires a visit to the rather unusual Carr’s One of a Kind Museum. It’s a little nostalgic, a little historic, a little kitschy, and a lot weird. The museum is an odd mix, but the main attraction is an impressive collection of celebrity cars, including JFK’s 1962 Lincoln and Jackie Gleason’s 1968 limo.

Are you a cat person? Don’t miss Spokane’s Cat Tales Zoological Park, an impressive zoo dedicated to the big cats, including jaguars, bobcats, tigers, and even a lion raised by a dog. Also while in town, don’t miss the Arbor Crest Winery, situated on one of the many hills that encircle Spokane.

From Spokane, continue north on US-395 until you reach the town of Colville, a little slice of Americana hidden away in Northeast Washington. If you decide to stop in town, check out the Keller Heritage Center which features old-time pioneer machinery, farmstead, blacksmith shop, lookout tower, and an impressive museum. Colville can also act as an excellent base camp as you prepare to explore the nearby Roosevelt Lake and Colville National Forest.

As you head north, stop at the town of Kettle Falls. In town you’ll find a sign that reads “1,225 Friendly people. 1 Grouch.” The grouch in question is elected each year in a town vote, and for just a quarter you can cast your own vote, beginning on April 1. The last leg along this route won’t disappoint, slowly elevating you to the highest point in the state at Sherman Pass at 5,575 feet.

Hikers traverse the tundra in northern Alaska.  Credit:  Michael DeYoung/ATIA Make no mistake, for RVers, Alaska is the “final frontier” and simply a rite of passage for the boldest RV travelers. No place in North America is still as untamed and filled with adventure. The rewards are great, are you up for the challenge? Alaska offers two great routes for exploring, Highway 1 and Highway 2. The combined highway enters the southeast portion of the state from the Yukon Territory of Canada. The highways roll into Alaska and split at the town of Tok, where Highway 2 continues north to Fairbanks, while Highway 1 points southwest to the Kenai Peninsula. No matter which route you choose, you’re in store for a unique Alaskan adventure.

From Tok, head north on Highway 2, and “The Route to Klondike Gold”, where you’ll soon arrive in the town of Delta Junction, home to one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, not to mention one of the region’s largest buffalo herds. You’ll probably find many of them roaming the impressive Tanana Valley.

Your adventure along Highway 2 will end in Fairbanks, a unique town with adventure all its own. Born out of the Klondike gold rush, today’s Fairbanks is a bustling town in the heart of Alaska. Try out Alaskaland, a 44-acre city park that plays like a historical amusement park with Mining Valley, Mining Town, Alaska Native Village, and Gold Rush Town. One must-see in town is the University of Alaska Museum. Fairbanks is also home to some great festivals you might want to catch, depending on your trip plans. March hosts the impressive North American Open Dog Sled Championships, while the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics happens here each July.

If you choose to take the southern route on Highway 1, you’ll travel through the majestic Wrangell Range to your final destination, the breathtaking Kenai Peninsula. But before you even get there, your first stop should be at the town of Glenallen, a great starting point to explore the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Inside the park, a worthwhile side trip to take is found at the impressive, abandoned Kennecott Copper Mine. You really can’t go wrong in this portion of the state.

Next visit the town of Palmer where, if you to plan to be there in late August, you can enjoy the festivities at the Alaska State Fair. You might also check out the Musk Ox Farm, an unusual treat considering it’s the world’s only domesticated herd of musk ox, a uniquely Alaskan animal.

Highway 1 delivers travelers to the state’s major tourist center, Anchorage. The city flourishes all year round with a mixture of unique galleries, museums, outdoor markets, festivals and events that celebrate the people, their culture, arts, cuisine and history. Experiencing this gamut of cultural outlets is even more challenging on the occasions when the temperature dips down below freezing.

If you’re spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Anchorage, don’t miss the Great Alaskan Shootout, the famed basketball tournament that annually brings out the best and brightest from the collegiate ranks to kick off the NCAA season. In March, stick around for the world-famous Iditarod Great Sled Race, which kicks off in downtown Anchorage. The nearby town of Knik honors the tradition with its Knik Museum & Musher’s Hall of Fame.

Highway 1 then joins the Seward Hwy. south into the Kenai Peninsula, one of Alaska’s finest and most beautiful drives. One detour before departing the peninsula area is a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center, a short jaunt off of Highway 9 in Seward.

The state of Idaho offers two nostalgic routes, US-95 and US-30. Pick up US-95 near the town of Payette in the Southwest region of the state. There, you’ll find the Payette County Historical Society, housed in an impressive Episcopal Church, designed in a Gothic Revival style. The town’s pride and joy is the exhibit of Payette’s favorite son, Harmon Killebrew, the baseball Hall of Famer who racked up 573 home runs (6th all time) in his 21-year career.

If you’re in the area during the third week of June, take a little jog north of Payette to the town of Weiser. There one simply can’t avoid the world famous National Old-Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival. The town is also famous for its impressive English Tudor-style architecture. From Weiser, head north ‘til you reach the town of Grangeville. It not only serves as the county seat but this town with a population of just over 3,000 people, has an old-time charm that goes with it. An interesting stop nearby is the Monastery of St. Gertrude, just north of Grangeville. This ornate chapel was built in 1925 and displays two impressive 97-foot towers, both easily seen from US-95.

Continue north until you come upon the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, home to a proud and unique cultural that once ruled this region. Here’s where your US-95 tour ends, but before it does, a visit to St. Joseph’s Mission is recommended. It’s a little oasis in an otherwise open, rolling agricultural landscape, and still offers regular religious services.