Pine-laden hills slope down to sapphire waters. The view causes you to remember something simple: a long-lost childhood weekend at the lake, wet footprints on a warm wooden dock, and the thrum of a speedboat in the distance pulling the day's first waterskier. The classic lake experience is central to this town, but there is so much more happening year-round here in the hub of the North Idaho panhandle.
EXPLORE Coeur D'Alene & Vicinity
Perspectives of Coeur d'Alene
…this city is changing, and there’s a lot to learn. Today will be about deliberately opposing my prevailing impressions of Coeur d’Alene as an ignorant youth. It’s opposite day.
They start to arrive in November when the cold turns dry and sharp. The return of the bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is a much-anticipated part of winter’s arrival...
COMMENTS: I almost expect someone to start giving me a massage, but not in a weird way. I'm just that relaxed. It's a September day and I've made my way to Gaiwan Tea House in Coeur d'Alene Idaho.
Summer in downtown Coeur d'Alene can be experienced from a slightly uncommon angle, if you seek out a few spots treasured by locals.
COMMENTS: Cycling season has returned to the inland northwest, so last weekend I dusted off the saddle and headed east on the Centennial Trail. A scenic link between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene...
COMMENTS: I hike swiftly across the flat terrain and enjoy the clammy feeling of sweat pressed against my skin by my light pack. It is quiet except for the intermittent whirl of a pontoon engine and the occasional voices...
COMMENTS: I've found my people. The no-frills crowd that looks ready to fill a Nalgene Grunt ($10), go directly to the trailhead, and not emerge from the woods until they have to work again on Monday.