The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”


The Gem State

Even though the route zigzags for some 75 miles along the Kootenai and Pend Oreille Rivers, it doesn’t take long for US-2 to cross the narrow neck, known as the Panhandle, of northern Idaho.

Following the Pend Oreille River east from Washington, the route passes a pair of struggling but proud old logging communities, then pauses at the resort town of Sandpoint before threading the deep gorge of the Kootenai River upstream toward Montana.

Map of the Great Northern through Idaho.

Map of the Great Northern through Idaho.