Spokane - Minneapolis (SPO-MSP)
Group, Fly-Drive, Motorhome
The region is proud of its pioneering
heritage and, en route, offers some of the most unique and worthwhile museums
and American cultural attractions in the country.
Day 1/2 – Arrive Spokane
History buffs can walk the city streets and enjoy Spokane's century-old buildings
where the city's colorful history comes alive, and visit the historic Patsy
Clark's Mansion, Cheney Cowles Museum, Red Shed Farm Museum, Carr's Museum,
and the Fairchild Heritage Museum and Airpark. Overnight Spokane.
Day 3 – Spokane to Missoula
Wallace features The Wallace District Mining Museum, the Northern Pacific Depot
Railroad Museum – as well as the fascinating Oasis Bordello Museum. Missoula
is home to several quality museums. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has
12 historic structures including a one-room schoolhouse and a Forest ServicGfZD
lookout. Overnight Missoula.
Day 4 – Missoula to Boise
The Warhawk Air Museum in Caldwell has a unique collection of World War II memorabilia
and aircraft on display. Boise has several great museums, including the Old
Idaho State Penitentiary, the World’s Center for Birds of Prey, the Basque
Museum and the Idaho Historical Museum. Overnight Boise.
Day 5 – Boise to Pocatello
/ Ft. Hall
In Pocatello, the Fort Hall Replica features buildings and saloons from pioneer
days. Nearby at Fort Hall, do not miss the Shoshone Bannock tribal museum. The
Bannock County Historical Museum is located right across the street from Fort
Hall. Visit the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the campus of Idaho State
University in Pocatello. Overnight Pocatello or Ft. Hall.
Day 6 – Pocatello / Ft. Hall
to Jackson Hole
In Jackson, the National Wildlife Art Museum features a state-of-the-art 4438
square meter (51,000 square foot) building that includes 12 galleries, an auditorium,
gift shop and monumental sculpture pieces. A guest terrace overlooks the National
Elk Refuge. Overnight Jackson Hole.
Day 7– Jackson Hole to Bozeman
In Bozeman, the Museum of the Rockies houses objects of cultural and historic
importance from the area including dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs, Plains Indian
artifacts, pioneer exhibits, western art and "hands-on" exhibits.
Day 8 – Bozeman to Butte
The World Museum of Mining and Hell Roarin’ Gulch in Butte are authentic
exhibits of historic and modern day mining. Overnight Butte.
Day 9 – Butte to Helena
The Montana Historical Society and Museum in Helena features the Mackey Gallery
of Charles M. Russell artwork, the Haynes Gallery of Photography, changing exhibits,
archives and museum store. Overnight Helena.
Day 10 – Helena to Great
Great Falls features the work of premier cowboy artist C.M. Russell, along with
other notable western artists, at the C.M. Russell Museum. It is also home to
the new Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Overnight Great Falls.
Day 11 - Great Falls to Billings
The Billings area offers four museums, the Western Heritage Center, Yellowstone
Country Museum, Yellowstone Art Center and the Chief Plenty Coups State Park
and Museum located south of Billings. Overnight Billings.
Day 12 – Billings to Cody
Proceed south to Cody, which features the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, a
complex containing the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum the Cody
Firearms Museum and the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. The Draper Museum of
Natural History opens its doors in 2002. Just outside of town is Old Trail Town,
an authentic collection of original structures from the history of the Wild
West. Overnight Cody.
Day 13 – Cody to Casper
In Casper, visit the restored Ft. Caspar site and the ultra-modern Nicolaysen
Art Museum in the center of the city. The Tate Mineralogical Museum has excellent
displays of unearthed dinosaurs and minerals. Overnight Casper.
Day 14 - Casper to Laramie
The American Heritage Center and Art Museum on the campus of the University
of Wyoming in Laramie features collections from Wyoming and the West, in a spectacular
architecturally unique building. Other museums on campus include the Geology
Museum, featuring the largest Apatosaurus skeleton on display west of the Mississippi
River, and the Anthropology Museum. The Wyoming Territorial Park in Laramie
features the restored 1890s Territorial Prison and museum and U.S. Marshal’s
Museum. Overnight Laramie.
Day 15/16 – Laramie to Black
Hills via Cheyenne
The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum includes exhibits on the world’s
greatest outdoor rodeo and an excellent collection of western art and restored
horse-drawn wagons. The Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial
has one of the region’s foremost collections of Indian artifacts as well
as sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s beautiful studio home. In Keystone, tour
the Rushmore-Borglum Story. Displays and galleries present the life of the famous
creator of Mt. Rushmore. Overnight Rapid City.
Day 17 – Black Hills to Chamberlain
The Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre features frontier history and Native
American contributions. The Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain features Indian
artifacts as well as modern-day Indian art. Overnight Chamberlain.
Day 18 –Chamberlain to Sioux
Falls via Vermillion
The Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion illustrates the evolution of music
through displays of more than 6,000 musical instruments. The Pettigrew Home
and Museum is a restored and authentic mansion that was once owned by Richard
S. Pettigrew, South Dakota’s first U.S. Senator. Overnight Sioux Falls.
Day 19 – Sioux Falls to Brookings
Brookings offers the South Dakota Art Museum and the lovely McCrory Gardens,
and well as the excellent Agricultural Heritage Museum. Overnight Brookings.
Day 20/21 –Brookings to Minneapolis/St.
Take the three-hour Metro Attractions sightseeing tour of Minneapolis-St. Paul
which encompasses the major attractions of both cities and/or the new Minnesota
History Center in St. Paul, an architectural masterpiece with museum exhibits
that feature large-scale objects, “hands-on” experiences, and the
popular Minnesota: A-Z Exhibit.
Day 21 –Departure from Minneapolis
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