In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we advise that you check local guidelines before making plans. If you choose to travel, please do so safely and responsibly.

The Great Northern Route

Northeast of Spokane, US-2 crosses a few miles of suburban sprawl before winding through 35 miles of beautiful forested uplands and occasional crossroads communities on the Idaho border. Straddling the state line, Newport (pop. 2,126) began as a small trading post on the Idaho side in 1889, then moved to Washington when the Great Northern Railway arrived in 1892. The original town site, overlooking the Pend Oreille (pronounced “PON-duh-ray”) River, holds the business district, while the railroad legacy still defines much of the main part of town. Two depots face each other along US-2 at the south end of the three-block main street, Washington Avenue, one holding the offices of a lumber company, the other housing the small but enjoyable Pend Oreille County Museum (daily May-Oct., $2), which has farming and mining artifacts—plus a pencil collection.

Related Travel Guides