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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Cold Lakes In A Paradise


There are 55 glacier-filled lakes in the Coeur d’Alene area, but Lake Coeur d’Alene, with its blue water surrounded by the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, part of a range in the Northern Rocky Mountains, and the Coeur d’Alene National Forest  – are major tourist destinations.

The city, located on the north shore of the lake, is a resort town and a natural paradise. The rugged landscape and the abundance of art galleries, cafes, and shops on Sherman Avenue make Coeur d’Alene, as Barbara Walters once said, “a little slice of heaven.”

So, what is there to do there?

Coeur d’Alene offers plenty for beach bums and snow bunnies. In the summer, you can hit the lake for some water skiing or kayaking. Enjoy golf courses and professional-quality tennis courts, hiking on pine-forested trails, mountain biking or, for the truly competitive athlete, the annual Coeur d’Alene IRONMAN competition, with the breathtaking scenery on the IRONMAN circuit.

In the winter, there’s skiing. Visitors stay at Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. And don’t miss the Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, featuring over 1.5 million lights and one of the largest living Christmas trees in the world!

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