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6 Reasons to Vacation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

If you have never been to the beautiful lake town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, you’re missing out! It’s a summers paradise for many families who love the outdoors but also the sophistication of a waterfront lake resort town.

If you’re looking for that little bit of nature getaway mixed with the convenience of local brewed coffee shops, unique lodging and amazing breakfast joints, Coeur d’Alene is the place for you! Here are a few reasons to visit this cute lake resort town!

  1. Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene is the number one reason why people like you decide to vacation here. With Downtown Cd’A right on the waterfront, makes planning your activities for the day a breeze! Take a day and rent either a boat, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards and enjoy the summer sun in North Idaho! The water is that perfect temperature, especially in those 90 degree days!

2. Hiking Tubbs Hill & Mineral Ridge

Both of these hiking trails are perfect for a quick stroll that gets the blood pumping! The views from both hikes are incredible and make the short trek worth it.

Tubbs Hill is located Downtown Coeur d’Alene next to The Coeur d’Alene Resort. It’s a gorgeous 2 mile hike along the edge of Lake Cd’A. Although quite busy in the summer, it is worth hiking alongside others who are enjoying the views just as much as you! BONUS: There is even cliff jumping off of this hiking trail! You’ll see most of the locals cliff jumping and won’t mind if you join them!

Mineral Ridge hiking trail is in the Beauty Bay area of the lake which is at the far east end near Camp Coeur d’Alene. This wonderful hiking trail is about 3 miles roundtrip with switchbacks going up and back down. Once you’re at the top, you have spectacular views of Wolf Lodge Bay. This is where the Bald Eagles come to mate and feast in the winter months. You’ll understand why the eagles come back every year!

3. Zip Lining with Timberline Adventures

Also located in the Beauty Bay area of the lake, this experience is something worth your while! It has 7 World Class Zips and 2 sky bridges that take you through the Coeur d’Alene National Forest above Beauty Bay! With spectacular views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing bucket list opportunity!

4. North Idaho Centennial Trail

This is an amazing 23 mile long biking/hiking/walking trail that starts at the Washington/Idaho border and ends at Higgins Point; located just East of Coeur d’Alene in the Wolf Lodge Bay. This trail is paved the whole way making it accessible for anyone to enjoy all year round. Enjoy your trek through Downtown Cd’A, along the North Idaho College beach front, through Post Falls, and along the Spokane River. With plenty of restrooms along the way, you can take your time and enjoy the views!

5. The Route of the Hiawatha

Sticking to the bike scene here, this gorgeous bike trail will leave you breathless! It is located East of Coeur d’Alene about 50 minutes on the Idaho/ Montana border where Lookout Pass Ski Resort is. This biking trail is smooth sailing with 15 miles of downhill glory! Don’t worry though, a shuttle drops you off at the trailhead and picks you back up! It features 10 trail tunnels that you bike through and 7 sky-high trestles that you ride over! You’ll understand why it’s breathtaking once you get there!

6. Kootenai County Farmers Market

If you love supporting small local businesses, then this is the place for you! On the North side of Coeur d’Alene, is this cute little farmers market that has an array of crafts, baked goods, groceries, and so much more! Enjoy some freshly made up lamb burrito, cauliflower mac and cheese and homemade pizza! Every Saturday in the spring, summer, and fall months, this is a must see! Support our local artisans, bakers, farmers, and craftsman!

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