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Coeur DAlene Idaho

Vacationers looking for a change of pace from Glacier National Park should head for Coeur D’Alene in Idaho for a wonderful outdoor experience and a resort town full of events.

  • There’s plenty of outdoor fun and events in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
  • Find plenty of dining establishments and lodging to fit your desires and needs
  • Hike the mountains surrounding Coeur D’Alene for some panoramic vistas
  • Bike the North Idaho Centennial Trail
  • Take the kids to Silverwood theme park


Coeur D’Alene is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene and is the largest city in Idaho’s panhandle. There are many adventures to be had in this wonderful and lively city.


Coeur D’Alene, Idaho is located in the Idaho panhandle, southwest of Glacier National Park. Interstate 90 is the major artery into the city.


On the search to satisfy your hunger pangs, you’ll find Coeur D’Alene offers a wide variety of eating establishments that will happy to oblige. From fine dining to a fast snack of burger and fries, you’ll be well fortified to embark on your adventures for the day.

Since Coeur D’Alene is the closest example of a resort town in Idaho, you won’t find a lack of lodging. Find a cozy Bed & Breakfast or a whole selection of motels, hotels and lodges. There’s something for everyone’s taste and budget.


Coeur D’Alene offers many activities for those seeking some adventure or just some fun and relaxation with the family.

  • Hiking
    Hike through the Douglas firs and ponderosa pines while taking in the awesome views. The mountains surrounding Coeur D’Alene deliver some panoramic vistas. Hike the backcountry or around the 120-acre preserve of Tubbs Hill on the waterfront in downtown.
  • Biking
    Pack your mountain bike up Silver Mountain, then begin crisscrossing the mountain trails and coast 7 miles back down the mountain. If you need something not quite so steep, try the North Idaho Centennial Trail along the shoreline Coeur d’Alene Lake.
  • Fishing
    Take on the fishing experience and find your trophy catch of Chinook or Kokanee salmon, or northern pike.
  • Whitewater Rafting
    Get a guided whitewater rafting trip or go solo. Whichever you prefer, you’ll find plenty of whitewater around Coeur D’Alene.
  • Golfing
    Challenging golfing is that much more pleasurable when accompanied with spectacular scenery. Coeur D’Alene offers a number of championship golf courses, including the world’s only course with a movable floating green.
  • Winter Sports
    The area boasts two major ski resorts that offer lots of snowy fun, Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.


  • Museum of North Idaho
    Here you will see the historic story of the Scandinavian settlement of this region.
  • Silverwood
    A large theme park, Silverwood has an incredible 65 exciting rides and attractions. Try the new 190-foot tall roller coaster or swim at the 16-acre Boulder Beach Water Park.
  • Ironman Coeur D’Alene
    Every June, on the fourth Sunday, Coeur D’Alene hosts the Ironman Coeur D’Alene, with triathletes competing in swimming, biking and running.

Getting Here

To get to Glacier National Park from Coeur D’Alene, head on I-90 East toward Kellogg and take exit 33. Turn left onto MT 135 to MT 200, then go right on MT 28. In 46.7 miles you’ll reach US 93 that you take for another 26.8 miles to MT 82 then MT 35 and finally MT 206. When you reach US 2 go east to the park. It’s a drive of 239.4 miles or about four hours.

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