A Hidden Lakeside Gem – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Idaho is a state that might not be on the top of your bucket list but, Coeur d’Alene’s rugged, mountainous beauty makes it the crown jewel of the Gem State.


Coeur d’Alene is a city of some 54,000 situated at the northern end of Idaho’s panhandle, and although it’s in Idaho, it is considered a satellite city to Spokane, Washington. Tucked between rolling green hillsides at the tip of sprawling Coeur d’Alene Lake, the town is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts.

Things to Do

Tubb’s Hill, a unique, 120-acre park, is steps away from the town center, perched on the edge of the lake. It features miles of trails for hiking, a generous swimming area with cliffs for jumping, and nearby lakefront restaurants.

While you’re at the lake, you can also take advantage of rental places offering kayaks, paddleboards, Jetskis, fishing boats, or even speedboats and water-skiing.

Off the water, rent a bike, and head up to the Hiawatha Trail. This 15-mile stretch of reclaimed railroad features ten tunnels and seven trestle bridges, offering incredible views of the Bitterroot Mountains along the border between Idaho and Washington. Cyclists worldwide come here to ride the Centennial Trail, a vehicle-free, 24-mile trail starting at Higgens Point State Park on the lake.


Strolling around downtown Coeur d’Alene is a lovely time as well. This quaint town has a well-developed center with plenty of accommodations and food and beverage of all types. Be sure to swing by the Kootenai County Farmers’ Market and try local cheese, artisanal bread, see local arts and crafts, and of course, some of the most eye-popping fresh produce you’ve ever seen.

After lunch, take a stroll through City Park and swing by the Museum of North Idaho on the park’s edge to learn more about this rugged, gorgeous area.

Day Trip

If you’re looking for a unique day trip, think about heading to the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch outside of town, where you can see alpaca, of course, but also wild animals like elk, turkey, deer, and moose. Another fun side trip is a sea-plane trip around the lake, including landing in secluded coves.

Coeur d’Alene is a year-round destination depending on our outdoor activity interests.

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