Activities on Lake Coeur d'Alene
You'll be able to take in all the sights - lakes, the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, and even a segment of the northern Rocky Mountains (the Bitterroot Range) from here. This part of the Idaho Panhandle will definitely delight vacationers with a wide range of activities and multitude of incredible landscapes. There's even a blossoming North-Central Idaho wine region for wine connoisseurs to discover, a movement led by Coeur d'Alene Cellars, a small, family-owned winery.
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Where to start your northern Idaho adventure? The city of Couer d'Alene itself is much smaller than its big city neighbors towards the west coast, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style. From a swanky, modern condo downtown, you'll have a prime location for the monthly Second Friday Artwalk, numerous dining options, a cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene, the Sunday Market, even a relaxing afternoon at Spa Coeur d'Alene. And if you hear the call of the outdoors, you're still close to skiing at Silver Mountain Resort, the 24-mile, multi-use Centennial Trail, and kayaking out on the lake.
A mere 37 miles south of Coeur d'Alene, lies quaint and historic Harrison, a terrific choice for a cycle-centric getaway. Home to a spot along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a 72 miles paved trail that goes all the way from Mullan by the Montana border, through Harrison, and straight on west to Plummer, near Washington. In addition, outdoor adventurers will have parks, trails, and lakes to explore, jog, hike, and boat. A charming Harrison cabin in the woods puts you right in the middle of the great outdoors, but still near a historic downtown with a small selection of shops, galleries, and eateries.
North of Coeur d'Alene, only six miles to be exact, is another small town full of Idaho charm. The town of Hayden, right near scenic Lake Hayden, is your home base for enticing getaway packed full of water sports like fishing, jet skiing, and boating, to more leisurely activities like golfing, or just plain relaxing on the front porch. From your vacation home in Hayden, you'll be right near over 40 miles of shoreline, as well as only a short car ride from all the action in bustling Coeur d'Alene to the south.
On your next Pacific Northwest vacation, you may just want to head a bit inland to Idaho. Whether you choose a modern retreat in the city, a quiet lakefront cabin, or a condo on the edge of a meticulously manicured golf course, a stay in a Coeur d'Alene vacation rental will leave you counting down the days until your return to this beautiful, full-of-surprises Idaho destination!
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