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Sandpoint


Named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally and USA Today, charming Sandpoint, Idaho beckons. A friendly community where strangers still greet each other with a smile, Sandpoint is perched on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and nestled at the base of Schweitzer Mountain. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, and upon the shores of Idaho’s largest lake, outdoor recreation and natural beauty abound. The town itself is a quaint walking town with a thriving arts community, unique shops, and fine dining. The area is truly a haven for the arts and outdoor recreation.

Sandpoint, Idaho is home to, and nearby, an amazing array of attractions. Approximately 75 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington, and 60 miles south of the Canadian border, Sandpoint is a stop on the Interntional Selkirk Loop and two national scenic byways; Wild Horse Trail and Pend Oreille Scenic Byway. Surrounded by Montana’s Cabinet Mountains to the east and the Selkirk Mountains to the northwest, Sandpoint is also home to Idaho’s largest ski resort on Schweitzer Mountain.  The town is home to the historic Panida Theater, offering a full schedule of events for all seasons. From Lost in the 50's every May, to the incredible annual music festival, "The Festival at Sandpoint", every August, there is always something special on the calendar. For those seeking to commune with nature, kayaking the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, hiking, snowshoeing, or mountain biking up Trail 3 for a territorial view, or swooshing down the slopes at Schweitzer, are just a sampling of the activities you can enjoy on your Sandpoint, Idaho vacation. With its’ abundance of outdoor recreation and small town hospitality Sandpoint is your perfect destination for a day, a week-end, or a week.

Coeur d’Alene

Let your vacation adventures begin in the “Heart of Northern Idaho,” Coeur d’Alene! This beautiful community is centered on the Northern shores of a pristine lake that offers endless water-sports and scenic beauty beyond compare! If you enjoy the outdoors, your options are endless....world class biking and hiking, golf and fishing and beautiful nature trails that begin right in the heart of our community. If art galleries are your inspiration, our vibrant historic downtown offers local artists as well as a variety of others from around the world, not to mentions shopping for the discriminating traveler from local boutiques, all within a short walk about town! The restaurants in our community offer delectable experiences in settings ranging from lake and mountain views to outdoor patios in great locations, many offering live music to accompany you’re dining. Perhaps you are a wine or brew aficionado, there are tasting rooms to provide you with great beverages, many of which are produced right here in the North. We hope you will consider spending some time here and perhaps leaving a piece of your heart as you enjoy the many adventures that await you in the “Heart of Northern Idaho!”

Post Falls

Surrounded by gorgeous mountains and forests of ponderosa pine, and lying beside the dramatic Spokane River, the town of Post Falls, Idaho, welcomes you! An authentic mill town, adjacent to the cascading falls along the Spokane River gorge and nestled along the Centennial Trail. With its breathtaking natural beauty and a rich history, Post Falls is gateway for your North Idaho journey. You will find many abundant natural parks which feature hiking, swimming, boating and even professional rock climbing. Post Falls provides prime lodging, fine dining, premier golfing, antique shopping, and a host of nearby attractions including the home of Buck Knives and a Cabelas destination store. Bounded by Coeur d’Alene to the east, the state of Washington to the west, the Spokane River to the south and the Rathdrum prairie to the north, Post Falls is the western gateway to Idaho for travelers along Interstate 90.

Athol

With a name like Athol, it’s gotta be good! But wait, it gets better. Log Spirit B & B claims a “Tiara Lane” address. How’s that for classy? And Cedar Mountain Farm B & B is off of “Bunco” Road (oh, boy!), on a private lane, Hatch Road, named for the hosts parents, Wes and Meg Hatch.

Favorite haunts in the Athol area? Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Waterpark opens weekends in May, then full time from Memorial Day through Labor Day. September weekends offer a fun fall activity, followed by Scarywood Thursday through Saturday evenings in October.

Farragut State Park offers camping, water activities on our large, deep Pend Orielle Lake, and hiking and biking galore. A favorite Idaho park, visitors flock to stay there, so if camping entices you, make your reservations early.

The town of Athol boasts stores, gas, car repair, tires, beauty shops, churches, schools, and most other small town essentials. Bayview is nestled on the shore of Lake Pend Orielle and has a grand summer fireworks display as well as a famous garage sale. The Bayview Community Center makes a great rental for events.

Come visit the country. We’ll welcome you with open arms.

Clark Fork, Idaho

Take a Vacation Off the Beaten Path. Folks are attracted to Clark Fork's rich natural beauty, and we think that around here we have more than our fair share of it.

A small town of 500 hearty souls, Clark Fork is nestled in a mountain valley on the banks of it's namesake river. A couple of gas stations, a few restaurants, a bakery and a small grocery store offer modern conveniences, but the real attraction is the vast surrounding wilderness.

Whether it's a hike to the top of Scotchman Peak (the highest peak in Bonner County and a proposed wilderness area), or kayaking the Clark Fork River Delta with dozens of islands and quiet water channels, you'll experience a real North Idaho adventure. But it doesn't stop there.

Just 20 minutes down the road you'll find Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho's largest and deepest lake with plenty of fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. A short 30-minutee drive into Montana will take you to the Ross Creek Ancient Cedar Grove -- some of the largest trees in Montana live there in a quiet dell that could be a fantasy movie set.

Looking for bright lights? Sandpoint is only 45 minutes away where you can enjoy downtown shopping, restaurants, City Beach and much more. A hidden gem, visit Clark Fork for the perfect wilderness getaway.