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Things To Do In Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Hayden!
Car d lane Every year in June (June 15th & 16th, 2012) classic cars from all over the Northwest cruise on Friday evening for about 2 hours, park, then show all day Saturday, with trophies in the afternoon. Downtown streets are all closed down. It's a great festive atmosphere with music, food and bands for dancing. Phil & I have a 1966 Galaxie 7 liter we enter in the show. It's always a fun weekend.
Priest Lake-Granite peaks surround Priest Lake, a pure sparkling Idaho treasure. Located 35 miles north of Priest River. 208-443-2200
Round Lake- Round Lake campsites are shaded all day by towering cedar, hemlock, pine, fir, and larch trees. Located 10 miles south of Sandpoint on US 95. 208-263-3489
Farragut- The 4000-acre park has hosted national and world Boy Scout Jamborees. Located on Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview, it has fabulous RV camping with private, shaded, pristine campsites. Bring your bike. Located 4 miles E of Athol on Highway 54. 208-683-2425
Old Mission- The Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart is the state's oldest building. Guided or self-guided tours are available. Located west of Cataldo Take exit 39 off I-90. 208-682-3814
Heyburn- Heyburn State Park became the first state park in the Pacific Northwest in 1908 and is one of the oldest in the nation. Located between Plummer and St Maries on Hiway 5. 208-686-1308
Coeur d'Alene Parkway- Walkers, hikers and bikers love this linear park that follows the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Accessed from 1-90 at exit #15. 208-666-6711
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LAKE COEUR D'ALENE SCENIC BYWAY - One of the most beautiful drives in Idaho. Bring binoculars and watch for bald eagles and the osprey that nest in trees along the lake.
PANHANDLE HISTORIC RIVERS PASSAGE SCENIC BYWAY - Miles of soothing river scenery reflect the pastoral beauty of Northern Idaho. Explorer David Thompson canoed this route in 1809 in search of a passage to the Columbia River.
PEND OREILLE SCENIC BYWAY - Follow the breathtaking north shore of the largest lake in Idaho to the Montana State line. The drive is 33.4 miles and takes about 45 minutes.
WHITE PINE SCENIC BYWAY - Discover the beautiful and tranquil small lakes and marshlands adjacent to the lower Coeur d'Alene River. Travel through the largest stand of white pine in America in the St Joe National Forest.
Hiking and Biking and ATVing
Northern Idaho is perfect for exploring on foot or on two wheels. There are hundreds of trails into pristine forests lands. Biking along the shore of gorgeous Priest Lake is unforgettable (Upper Priest Lake Trail). In Sandpoint you can bike along Lake Pend Oreille or on Schweitzer Mountain (Sandpoint Lake Shore Drive Round Lake Loop).
At Wallace, you can ATV, snowmobile, bike or hike on the WORLD'S largest trails system, (1000 miles) across open meadows, high mountain ridges and deep canyons.
And be sure to take the ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA See Route of the Hiawatha website Here, a 46-mile biking trail built on a former railroad bed where you weave through the mountaintops of the Bitterroot divide, which separates Montana and Idaho. It runs through eleven large train tunnels and across nine sky-high trestles and over rivers beyond belief!! There is even a shuttle bus to meet you and take you back to your starting point.
In Coeur d'Alene you can bike from Lake Coeur d'Alene to Spokane on the (non motorized) CENTENNIAL TRAIL. CHECK OUT MY IDAHO CENTENNIAL TRAILS WEB SITE HERE.
or continue on to SPOKANE EXTENSION OF THE CENTENNIAL TRAIL HERE.
Last, but nor least is, the TRAIL OF THE COEUR D ALENES, a newly constructed 72 mile long asphalt trail nearly spans the Panhandle of Idaho. The trail which starts in Plummer, generally follows the shoreline of Coeur d'Alene Lake and marshland environment and follows the scenic Coeur d'Alene River up into the mountains of Mullan (east of Wallace) SEE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D ALENES HERE.
CHECK OUT THIS HIKING WEBSITE HERE.
Each golf course in North Idaho has the scenery to relax or excite you. Every course offers forests and water terrain for challenging fun. Coeur d'Alene even has the World's only floating green! Don't miss the fun of playing Idaho's beautiful courses. You're guaranteed to have a swinging great time!
Blanchard- Stoneridge Resort Golf Course 437-4682 18 holes
Coeur d'Alene Golf Course 765-0218 18 holes
Ponderosa Springs Golf Course 664-1101 9 holes
Hayden Lake- Avondale on Hayden Golf Club 772-5963 18 holes SEE WEB SITE
Kellogg- Shoshone Country Club 784-0161 18 holes
Pinehurst- Pinehurst Golf Course 682-2013 18 holes
Links Golf Course 777-7611 18 holes
Prarie Falls Golf Course 457-0210 18 holes
Lakes & Rivers
There are more than 140 lakes and almost 2000 miles of rivers and streams in the five north counties of Idaho. It is estimated there are 60 bodies of water within 60 miles of Coeur d'Alene. The most prominent lakes near Coeur d'Alene include:
Lake Coeur d'Alene, 25 miles long and depth 120 feet, covering 25,100 acres.
Hayden Lake covering 4000 acres
Spirit Lake covering 1300 acres
Upper and Lower Twin Lakes covering 850 acres
Hauser Lake covering 550 acres
Fernan Lake covering 300 acres
Also Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake in the state and is accessible at the village of Bayview and Farragut State Park.
Two major rivers flow through my area. The Coeur d'Alene River and the St. Joe. St Joe is the worlds highest navigable river and flows through two lakes. It is considered a world reknowned trout stream (catch and release). I have camped there many times and caught lots of fish.
Silverwood Theme Park AND WATER PARK is located 15 minutes north of Coeur d'Alene on US 95. This is an 1800 mining town theme park and a water rides theme park The park features a steam train, antique airplane museum, roller coaster, log flume, and other amusement rides. There is also an RV park located there. 208-683-3400.
SEE SILVERWOOD THEME PARK HERE
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