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Quick Facts
Designation: Idaho State Scenic Byway
Fees: None.
Length, One-Way: 28 Miles (46.67 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 40 Minutes

General Information

Description - Traverse the river route that explorer David Thompson first canoed in 1809 in search of a passage to the Columbia River, and let the scenic beauty and history along the Pend Oreille (pond-er-ay) River enrich your drive through Idaho's Panhandle.

The Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage begins at the Washington State line and follows the northern shore of the Pend Oreille River through Oldtown,Priest River, and ends in Sandpoint.Enjoy driving along miles of soothing river scenery that reflects the pastoral beauty of surrounding forests and farms; pull over and be entertained by varying seasonal wildlife, birds of prey, and waterfowl; or stop and absorb the history of northern Idaho in three different museums along the byway. Convenient access to the Pend Oreille River at four recreation areas provides opportunities to swim or boat along spacious, gently-flowing waters. Winter recreation includes snow sports on state and federal lands, ice fishing when it is cold, and downhill skiing at Schweitzer.

Attractions - The Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Begins at the Washington State line and follows U.S. 2 to Sandpoint.

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Additional Information:
Idaho Scenic Byways - Idaho offers close to 20 state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated scenic, historic and backcountry byways. These byways travel through Idaho's diverse geography and lead to historic sites.
Northern Idaho -

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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