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Coeur d'Alene and Beyond

Coeur d’Alene and Beyond

A Northern Idaho Adventure

Coeur d’Alene is known for its luxurious lakeside lifestyle as well as its world-renowned golf course and floating green, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out these nearby destinations and turn your weekend getaway into a week-long adventure.

Pick a Town and Start Exploring

Coeur d'Alene and Beyond
Coeur d'Alene and Beyond

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Bonners Ferry. Photo credit: Idaho Tourism.

Bonners Ferry

 Located in the heart of the Kootenai River Valley, Bonners Ferry is home to a wide array of wildlife and waterfalls—making it the ideal place to unplug from the everyday. As you embark on your outdoor adventures, allow your mind to wander and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Bonners Ferry.

Boundary County Historical Museum
Boundary County Historical Museum, Bonners Ferry. Photo credit: Idaho Tourism.
  • The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is home to over 300 species of wildlife. Complete your wildlife adventure with a scenic hike and check out Myrtle Falls and Deep Creek Trail.
  • Pack your camera and get ready for a tour of Idaho’s breathtaking waterfalls. First up is Copper Falls, a popular destination for hikers of all skill levels. This 225 foot waterfall cascades from the top of Copper Creek to a pool down below—a view well worth the hike! Snow Creek Falls is another of northern Idaho’s noteworthy waterfalls. Venture through a dense forest of towering cedar trees before arriving at this picture-perfect destination. Moyie Falls is another stunning stop to add to your trip. This waterfall flows from a slot in the Moyie River Canyon into the gorge below.
  • Two Tones Cafe is a family-owned restaurant serving up local cuisine with an Italian flare. Dig into their creamy fettuccine alfredo, chipotle bbq salmon or huckleberry crispy chicken. 
  • Situated along its namesake river, Kootenai River Brewing Co is a local favorite, offering craft brews and American pub fare.
  • If you’re obsessed with breakfast, Chic-N-Chop is the place for you. Chow down on hearty all-day breakfast options from pancakes to eggs benedict. 
  • The Boundary County Museum gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of northern Idaho and the Kootenai people through displays, original artifacts and exhibits.

There’s more to explore! Find more adventures in the area.

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three people kayaking at Spirit Lake, with tree-covered hills in the background

Spirit Lake. Photo credit: Northern Idaho Tourism Alliance.

Spirit Lake

 Featuring spectacular lake experiences and extensive biking trails, the town of Spirit Lake offers a variety of activities for those craving an escape to the outdoors. Top it all off with delicious local cuisine, and you’ll likely be planning your return visit before you’ve even left.

Spirit Lake Kayaking
Spirit Lake. Photo credit: Northern Idaho Tourism Alliance.

Don’t Leave Town Without Visiting…

  • Brickel Creek Trail is a Spirit Lake favorite. Wind your way through five miles of beautiful forest, encountering hidden waterfalls along the way.
  • Pedal your way along the northern shore of Spirit Lake via the Empire Trails. This extensive trail system offers a variety of routes catering to various skill levels. 
  • With activities like boating, paddleboarding and kayaking, there’s more than enough fun to fill an afternoon at Spirit Lake.
  • Built in 1907, Whitehorse Saloon is said to be one of Idaho’s oldest operating saloons. Here you’ll find an array of both Canadian and European brews, as well as tasty pub fare.
  • Salt & Pepper offers a delicious blend of local flavors and family recipes. Treat yourself to buttermilk biscuits and homemade gravy, or a mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich.
  • At Mi Pueblo, you’ll find authentic Mexican cuisine ranging from crispy tostadas to their signature arroz con pollo.

There’s more to explore! Find more adventures in the area.

Coeur d'Alene and Beyond
Coeur d'Alene and Beyond

Lake Pend Oreille, Farragut State Park, Athol. Photo credit: Idaho Tourism.


If you’re looking for a fun weekend, Athol is the way to go! Get your adrenaline pumping at the largest theme park in the Pacific Northwest. Scream with delight as you race down a zipline, or spend the day exploring one of Idaho’s magnificent state parks.

Visitors riding a wooden roller coaster at Silverwood Theme Park
Silverwood Theme Park, Athol. Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.

Don’t Leave Town Without Visiting…

  • Once the second-largest naval training center in the world, Farragut State Park is a 4,000-acre park located on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. During your visit, enjoy hiking, fishing and birdwatching, and be sure to stop by the Museum at the Brig for some WWII history.
  • Get ready for topsy-turvy twists and high-velocity thrills at Silverwood Theme Park, the largest theme park in the Pacific Northwest. This park features over 70 rides, games and attractions. Stay to play an extra day and check out Boulder Beach Water Park. Here you’ll find raft rides, high-speed waterslides, a lazy river and other activities great for a summer day.
    • *Tip: Looking for more rides and attractions? Drive down to Triple Play Family Fun Park, just 20 minutes away in Hayden. Enjoy a day of go karts, laser tag and mini golf, or head to Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park.
  • From ziplines to tight ropes to Tarzan swings, Tree to Tree Adventure Park has over 100 aerial adventure activities, offering fun for the whole family.
  • Boasting two James Beard nominations, Candle in the Woods is an award-winning restaurant offering a fine dining experience with a prix fixe menu and a cozy cabin atmosphere.
  • At Country Boy Cafe, you’ll find hearty breakfast and brunch selections to fuel you up for your next adventure. Indulge in some cinnamon roll french toast, or take on their three-pound breakfast burrito.
  • Beacon Pizza & Tap House is a family-owned spot, serving up craft beer, wine and of course, tasty pizza.

There’s more to explore! Find more adventures in the area.

Coeur d'Alene and Beyond
Coeur d'Alene and Beyond

Can’t Get Enough of Northern Idaho?

The adventure continues… Keep exploring and add one of these towns to your trip.