When you want to get out of the house and enjoy a quick winter trip, there are a number of locations to explore in the Northwest. The beautiful landscapes and attractions that are available make it easy to tour different areas and learn more about various locations that are worth seeing. When you want to enjoy an alternative winter trip, there are several places you could include in your itinerary.
Visit California Trail Historic Interpretive Center
This historic center located just a few miles outside of Elko, Nevada is open to the public with free entry throughout the week with donations that are accepted. The museum features incredible murals on the walls with interpretive displays and several slideshows that are available. The museum is small in size but tells of the westward movement by wagon at the time of the gold rush. It’s considered a must-see for the captivating storytelling and imagery that is used throughout the site. Both indoor and outdoor displays are available with travel guides who tell various pioneer stories for an experience that is appropriate for both children and adults. Children also have the opportunity to load an old wagon with items or interactive with the different displays that are available.
Outside, guests can find beautiful bronze statues and stone work that is featured with quotes that are taken from the personal journals of the pioneers. There are even large covered wagons and tents on display, which demonstrates various encampments along the trail.
Attend a Service at the Little Church of the Crossroads
This quaint little church is a must-see in the Northwest for a place that continues to hold Sunday services to the public and is over 100 years old. Located at the base of the Ruby Mountains in Lamoille, Nevada, the church is located in a natural setting that is truly picturesque and serene. As the most photographed church in America, it is well-preserved and is situated in a small town with just five streets.
Stop at Sherman Station Visitor’s Center
Sherman Station Visitor’s Center is ideal for all ages and features five different historic buildings from the 1800s, which includes an old schoolhouse, a creamery, a barn, and a blacksmith shop. Tours are available for guests to learn about the history of the buildings with the help of a guide for an educational experience that is appropriate for all ages. Guests can enjoy viewing stables and carriages that were once used in addition to a creamery that still has containers and equipment where milk was stored.
This attraction is free to visit by the city park. The staff at the visitor park will also provide guests with information on local events in the area.
Explore Shoshone Falls
Located in Twins Falls, Idaho, Shoshone Falls is an expansive waterfall on the Snake River and is 212 feet high and 900 feet wide. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views that are available in a serene rest area for those who are traveling across the state. Visitors who want to get close to the waterfall can visit the various piers that are available. You may even get a glimpse of climbers on the nearby cliffs during your visit (if you choose to come during warmer months).
The overlook of the location is worth photographing for a stunning destination that is an ideal site to see for families. The amount of water that flows at Shoshone Falls also depends on the season and the time of the year.
This location is just three miles east of Twin Falls and resembles a miniature Niagara Falls for a breathtaking experience.
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