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
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: On October 7, 1991, Capone's Pub & Grill opened its doors in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Today marks twenty five years. Anyone who owns a business of any kind can tip their cap and raise a glass to that.
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.