Get your summer on!
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, is one of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer times!
(Side note: Coeur D’Alene is pronounced core-duh-LANE)
It’s a smaller lake town, located near the Washington State – Idaho border right on Coeur D’Alene Lake in southwest Idaho.
The main downtown area runs along Sherman Ave. There are many shops selling gifts, artwork, clothes and woodwork; restaurants run all along the avenue, along with sculptures and murals. There is a mall with a few boutiques, adventure sales spots (like zip lining and paddle boarding), restaurants and a confectionery. I always stop at the confectionery and get some delicious ice cream.
One time, after years of asking, my grandpa surprised me with a zip lining adventure! It was absolutely amazing and totally worth it! Imagine zipping along the treetops, feet dangling down to the forest floor, fresh air whipping your hair, and a view of the lake in the distance. That was my experience. (I wrote about it in a blog post, so if you want to know more, check it out here!)
Another really fun adventure to try in Coeur D’Alene is water sports! You can try everything from boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, tanning along the beach and so much more! Prices in the summertime for water sports will vary depending on what you’re doing and where you go, but overall, I think that it seems pretty fair. With the warm air and cool lake water, you’ll definitely want to get in the lake!
Along the water at the Coeur D’Alene Resort, there is a dock that takes you along a little harbor. I really enjoy walking on this path and walk it every single time I go, regardless of the weather (it rains a lot). I love being on the water, feeling the lake move and seeing the people on their boats. There are also a few tables towards the middle, so you can bring a snack and munch out there.
To the east of the harbor is the McEuen Park, which is a fun place to take kids and pets because there’s a big playground, sports fields and dog park.
I always try to make it to Coeur D’Alene on Thursdays in the spring/summer because right next to the park is a pop-up farmer’s market. You can find delicious produce, beautiful flowers, yummy sweets and many other goods. I always bring home peonies (my favorite flowers) and some cookies from the local vendors.
Further to the east of McEuen Park is Tubbs Hill, which is a great spot for a hike (especially right after you’ve eaten all of the sweets from the farmer’s market!). There are a few trails and they are all fairly easy hikes. When the weather is nice, it’s a very lovely hike with scenic views of the lake.
Have I convinced you to visit Coeur D’Alene yet?? It’s seriously one of my favorite places to visit in the Pacific Northwest and I feel like it’s quite an underrated town. If you’re in the area (especially a Thursday morning!), I highly recommend visiting!
Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Coeur D’Alene? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!