Essential City – Coeur d’Alene

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barbara Walters called it “a little slice of Heaven,” and in 2009 it was No. 12 on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns." Coeur d’Alene may only have about 45,000 residents, but this town named after a local Native American tribe offers plenty to see and do.

Close to Nature

Coeur d’Alene is a city surrounded by the bounty of nature. Bounded on one side by Lake Coeur d’Alene, and is surrounded by forest, including the edge of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. This proximity makes it the perfect getaway for those who want to experience a range of outdoor activities. Biking, hiking, fishing and both snow and water skiing are all available in the immediate vicinity or only a short drive away.

The local enthusiasm for the outdoors has also led to a number of world-class events. Coeur d’Alene hosts a marathon, an Ironman competition and a triathlon every year. It also has the world’s largest living Christmas tree, and boasts one of the biggest lighting displays in the United States.

Surrounded by Culture

Coeur d’Alene is also a city both imbued with and surrounded by culture. The heart of the city is filled with galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Regular art walks allow the artists and galleries to show off hidden gems, while larger events like Art on the Green and the Northwest American Indian Art Show & Auction draw crowds from across the country.

To learn more about Essential places to visit in and near Coeur d’Alene please see the 2014-2015 Essential Guide for Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Walla Walla.

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