Things to See and Do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Coeur d'Alene Lake, Nancy D. Brown, Travel, Idaho

The first place I take a visitor is to Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Coeur d’Alene Lake.

When I crave local cuisine, along with great beer, I turn to Moontime Restaurant.

To escape work I can go for a sunset kayak ride on the lake.

If you come to Coeur d’Alene, get your picture taken on a boat. If you are a golfer, get your picture taken on the floating tee on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at 315 Martini’s and Tapas Restaurant, get the herbal martini.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to Dockside at Coeur d’Alene Resort and order an ice cream sundae from Gooey’s Dessert Bar. Hudson’s Burgers, 207 East Sherman Avenue, has great old time road food.

Gooey's Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, Dockside Restaurant, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Cheap splurge with a view – Gooey’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae at Dockside Restaurant, Coeur d’Alene Resort

For a huge splurge, I go to Beverly’s Restaurant at Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Photo ops in Coeur d’Alene include a picture with Mudgy the Moose or Millie.

The best vantage points are had by taking the downtown walking tour. Local artist Terry Lee brings author Susan Nipps’ Mudgy the Moose character to life in a full size bronze statue.

The most random thing about Coeur d”Alene is the Floating Green on Coeur d”Alene Lake.

In Coeur d’Alene, an active day outdoors involves sailing, walking or hiking.

My favorite walking route is Tubbs Hill,a beautiful trail along Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Bardenay Restaurant is the spot for distilled spirits made on site and live musical entertainment.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Coeur d’Alene Press.

In the summer you should check out the Coeur d’Alene Ironman.

In the fall you should watch the leaves change colors.

In the winter you should go skiing at Silver Mountain Resort – ride the world’s longest gondola.

Take a walk in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and get your picture taken with Mudgy the Moose

Just outside of Coeur d’Alene you can visit Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho. This is an all inclusive dude ranch with horseback riding.

The best way to see Coeur d’Alene  is to walk.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Silverwood Theme Park. They have awesome roller coasters and a water park. Save time for a Pirate lake cruise.

What are your favorite things to do in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho?

Thanks to Lisa Gerber and the Coeur d’Alene Visitor’s Bureau for assistance with this post.

Coeur d'Alene Lake, sailboats, Nancy D. Brown, travel

An active day in Coeur d’Alene means sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Article and photos by Nancy D. Brown


2 Responses to “Things to See and Do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho”

  1. Dave Curtis says:

    I am a transplanted Midwesterner now living on the SC coast who has recently befriended a woman from Spokane. Considering the proximity of Spokane to Coeur D’Alene and Coeur D’Alene being a dream visit of mine since I first saw the lake in a magazine when I was 12, needless to say I’m excited about her getting driving me to town this Friday. I wanted to take time to write, because after years of surfing the web for information and slogging through unnecessarily detailed sites to ‘get to the point’ on myriad destinations, your site is almost singular in its success in telling me within a few minutes what to see and do while in town — with links to most of the attractions and restaurants, no less. Kudos to you for such a wonderful site!!

    Dave Curtis, Owner

    The Beach House / The Hammock Shops Village
    10880 Ocean Highway #17
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

  2. @Dave
    What a nice comment! Thanks for taking the time to write. I hope you enjoy your trip to Coeur d”Alene. Please let me know if any attractions or restaurants need an update.

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