woodenboatUltimately, there is something magical about a visit to Coeur d’Alene. With idyllic landscape, year-round activities, and its spectacular setting at the shore of one of America ‘s most beautiful lakes, it is no wonder that Coeur d’Alene has been christened the “Playground of the Northwest.” You may want to consider Coeur d’Alene as a jumping onto or off of your trip to the International Selkirk Loop. Situated just 45 miles south ofSandpoint, Idaho (the start of your Loop adventure) at the junction of Interstate 90 / US 95, Coeur d’Alene is north Idaho ’s largest city.

For cyclists there are three major cycling trails in close proximity to Coeur d’Alene. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is one of the most spectacular trails in the western United States. Here, you will find 73 miles of smooth asphalt that’s perfect for road bikers and in-line skaters. The trail nearly spans the Panhandle of Idaho as it runs along rivers, beside lakes and through Idaho ’s historic Silver Valley. The Route of the Hiawatha is 15 miles of downhill starting just across the Montana border. The trail continues down a 2% grade through eight more tunnels and across seven high steel trestles. There is a return bus ride available. The Spokane Centennial trail is 37 miles and ends (or starts) in Coeur d’Alene. This beautiful, paved nature trail travels along the Spokane River; a great alternative to driving on the freeway.

For family fun, just 16 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on Hwy 95 is the northwest’s largest theme park Silverwood. Boasting 3 rollercoasters, a water park, historic train ride, arcades and rides for all ages. For additional information please visit theCoeur d’Alene Visitor’s Bureau.

Coeur d’Alene is your gateway to loads of outdoor adventure.  To find out more about the region visit the North Idaho Tourism Alliance website for more area information.

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