Coeur d'Alene, ID

Travel Guide
Photo provided by Peg Owens/Idaho Tourism
Enjoy the tranquil ambiance of this city, surrounded by a vast lake, a mountainous forest and picturesque countryside.

Coeur d’Alene, in Idaho, is famous for its resorts along the northern shore of the picturesque Lake Coeur d’Alene. The city is just west of a national forest and is surrounded by scenic landscapes. Because of this vast natural environment, the area is a popular camping site.

Go mountain biking on the hills surrounding the city and cycle along the river’s shore. You may spot bald eagles from the North Idaho Centennial Trail. Stroll along part of the 24-mile (38.6-kilometer) stretch of scenic trajectory. It passes through neighboring towns, such as Post Falls, and pleasant countryside.

Visit the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, east of the city center. The peaceful woodland is full of lakes, mountains and trees. Fish in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Picnic along the 109 miles (175.4 kilometers) of shoreline that surrounds the lake. Relax on one of the small beaches and dip your toes in the chilly water.

Enjoy the challenge of one of the world’s only movable floating green on the 14th hole of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. It is one of the pre-eminent 18-hole golf courses in the U.S. and is known for its breathtaking views of lakes and green hills.

Take a ski vacation in the nearby centers of Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. Coeur d’Alene’s Christmas Lights ceremony is one of the largest and most elaborate in the country.

Coeur d’Alene was named to describe the American Indians who settled the area previous to its current inhabitants. It is French for “Heart of an Awl.” Residents also know the municipality as Lake City due to its location. Summers in the region are hot and dry while winters are cold and damp.

Reach Coeur d’Alene by flying into the international airport in Spokane. Rent a car at the airport to travel the 32 miles (51 kilometers) west to Coeur d’Alene. After enjoying the best that nature has to offer in and around the city, pay a visit to the Museum of North Idaho to learn about the region’s history.

Where to stay in Coeur d'Alene

Sunset on the lake