Join Our State as we discover the frontier lands where Lewis and Clark trekked, where silver miners from the east came out to find their fortunes, and where Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls while we revel in the great outdoors and three resort stays.
June 14-20, 2023
- Round-trip airfare — Raleigh-Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Six nights’ hotel accommodations
- 12 meals: six breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners
- Wine and beer reception
- Sightseeing per itinerary
- Admissions per itinerary
- Our State host
- Professional tour director
- Luxury motor coach transportation
- Hotel transfers
- Baggage handling at hotels
- Two nights – Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene
- Two nights – Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins
- Two nights – Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley
- Two nights at the Coeur d’Alene Resort
- Two nights in Sun Valley
- Mining town of Wallace
- Lewis and Clark Discovery Center
- Salmon River Jetboat
- Silver Mine Tour
- Rider Ranch Cookout
- Resort town of McCall
- Sun Valley
- Sawtooth Mountains
DAY 1: FLY TO SPOKANE – ARRIVE AT HOTEL
Fly to Spokane, Washington and meet your tour director, where you will transfer east to the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, which sits on the north shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Arrive at the spectacular Coeur d’Alene Resort for a two-night stay. The 18-story lakefront resort features 338 rooms and is considered one of the best resorts in the Northwest. Tonight, enjoy a wine and beer reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow Our State travelers.
Overnight: Coeur d’Alene
DAY 2: WALLACE – SILVER MINE – RANCH
Today, visit the nearby historic mining town of Wallace, the entire town is on the National Historic Register and dates to 1884. While in this true, old west mining town, enjoy a working Sierra Silver Mine Tour to learn about hard rock underground mining in the richest silver district on Earth. Later stop for dinner at the historic Rider Ranch, a 1300-acre real working ranch located just east of Coeur d’Alene. Meet the descendants of this pioneer ranching family and enjoy a delicious western cookout for dinner tonight.
Meals: B, D
Overnight: Coeur d’Alene
DAY 3: LEWISTON & RIGGINS
This morning, motor coach south through the Clearwater Mountains. Stop in Idaho’s oldest incorporated community, historic Lewiston, which sits on the famed Snake River. Stop in at the Nez Perce Traditions Gift Shop. Next, visit the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, located in Hells Gate State Park, featuring indoor and outdoor displays and a film describing the journey of the famous explorers through Idaho. Then, follow the river valley to Riggins and your quaint mountain lodge overlooking the confluence of the Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers for a two-night stay.
Meals: B, D
DAY 4: HELLS CANYON
Today, the great Idaho outdoors await. Enjoy a soft adventure experience on a narrated speedy Salmon River Jet Boat Tour. Learn about the animals, plants, and legends of this famed river and jet through some spectacular rapids. Enjoy a picnic lunch, followed by free time at your lodge or in the small town of Riggins.
Meals: B, L
DAY 5: RIGGINS TO SUN VALLEY
This morning, motor coach south through the Sawtooth Mountains past beautiful forests, lakes, and rivers. This is an incredibly scenic stretch of highway. Stop in the resort town of McCall on Payette Lake, originally founded as a logging town, and today a year-round spot for adventurists. Then, motor coach up into the Pioneer Mountains and arrive in Sun Valley (altitude 5,945 feet) for a two-night stay in this famous resort area. Discover why Sun Valley was a popular stop for Hollywood celebrities Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and ice skater Sonja Henie, and remains one of our nation’s great year-round resort areas.
Meals: B, L
Overnight: Sun Valley
DAY 6: SUN VALLEY & KETCHUM
Start a relaxing day with some morning sightseeing of the Sun Valley area and its spectacular scenery. Visit the neighboring old western town of Ketchum, whose lively downtown boasts a variety of restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Visit the Hemingway Memorial. Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the Sun Valley area and finished For Whom the Bell Tolls while living here. Visit the Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage & Ski Museum, featuring an exhibit covering the life of Ernest Hemingway. The afternoon is free to explore the area around your Sun Valley hotel property. Maybe have a drink at the Sawtooth Club or Whiskey Jacques, favorite haunts of Hemingway. Sun Valley is America’s first ski resort, founded in 1936, before even Lake Placid, Aspen, or Jackson. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in Ketchum and share stories from your shared experiences in Idaho.
Meals: B, D
Overnight: Sun Valley
DAY 7: SUN VALLEY – BOISE – FLIGHT HOME
Today, drive down out of the mountains west to Boise for your flight home.
Regular Rate: $3,799 per person, based on double occupancy, all-inclusive
Booking Discount: $3,699 per person, based on double occupancy, all-inclusive*
Single supplement: $825
*Make your final payment by check prior to the final payment due date of March 31, 2023, and receive a $200 per couple or $100 per single booking discount. Ask about the no risk deposit.
For reservations and more information:
Premiere World Discovery
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
What to expect on an Our State trip:
Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.
We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.
You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.
Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.
Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.
One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.
Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.
Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.
We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.
If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Travel Precautions:
At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.
Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:
Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.
We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.