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Northern Idaho

Known for abundant forests and magnificent lakes, northern Idaho offers both adventure and relaxation. Experience the region's three ski resorts, big, meandering, trout-filled rivers and hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails. Northern Idaho is also home to the International Selkirk Loop. A unique, 280 mile long scenic route winding through Idaho, Washington and Canada, the Selkirk Loop is designated as one of only 32 All-American Road National Scenic Byways in the U.S. and is one of the Top 10 scenic drives in the Northern Rockies.

    Cities & Towns

  • Coeur d’Alene
  • Sandpoint
  • Wallace
  • Bonners Ferry
  • Post Falls
  • Saint Maries
  • Coolin
  • Kellogg

Take the Road Less Traveled

Northern Idaho is brimming with unexpected discoveries … Start your journey in Coeur d’Alene, and venture off the beaten path to uncover a treasure trove of nearby adventures.

Learn About Idaho’s Native Nations

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is located in the northern tip of Idaho a few miles south of the Canadian border along the Kootenai River. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is located just south of Coeur d’Alene, bordering the Washington state border.

Need Help Planning Your Next Adventure?

Here you’ll find frequently asked questions about northern Idaho.

What rail-to-trail or mountain biking adventures are available?

For rail-to-trail rides, visit Route of the Hiawatha and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Find lift-served trails at Silver Mountain Resort or Schweitzer. Explore trail systems around Priest Lake, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.

What is unique about scenic byways in northern Idaho?

Of the six beautiful byways that weave through the region, two are part of the International Selkirk Loop. This route has been named “The West’s Best Scenic Route” by Sunset Magazine.

What can I do in the winter?

Ski or board at Schweitzer, Silver Mountain Resort or Lookout Pass. Try a guided snowmobile or backcountry ski trip in the Selkirk Mountains. Snowshoe at Farragut State Park or around Priest Lake followed by a sleigh ride.

How can I enjoy northern Idaho’s lakes and rivers?

Kayaking, SUPing, swimming, lake cruises, chartered boat tours, and guided fishing and rafting experiences are a good place to start.

Where are fall colors found?

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, all the mountain ranges along the International Selkirk Loop, St. Joe River Scenic Byway, Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, and Mineral Ridge Trail.

Are there historical sites and museums to visit in northern Idaho?

Yes. Museum at the Brig, Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, historic Wallace, Bonner County Historical Museum, Burke Canyon, Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center, Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum.

What are some of northern Idaho’s unexpected experiences?

Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park, Triple Play Fun Park, Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, and seeing the northern lights.

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The Scenic Route

Pack up the car and discover the magic of northern Idaho’s scenic byways:

International Selkirk Loop Scenic Drive
an aerial view of Pend Oreille Scenic Byway

Getting to
Northern Idaho

Maps & Guides

Planning your Idaho getaway couldn’t be easier with our free travel guides and maps. Inspiration and information at your fingertips.

Head in the Clouds

Flying to Idaho? Check out Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in Moscow, or the Spokane International Airport in Spokane for the most convenient access.

Places to Stay

From camping under the stars to cozy cabins, vacation rentals and hotels, find the accommodation that fits your every need.

Downtown Wallace