Idaho Nature July 15, 2016
Take This Amazing 2-Day Getaway In Idaho If You Need A Break From It All
When times get tough, when the blazing Idaho sun gets too hot, or when you just need a break from the day-to-day grind, road trips are always a good solution. But when you don’t feel like hiking, camping, or putting in extra exertion to get to your destination, there’s only one place to go that’s the epitome of relaxation and serenity without the extra leg work: the beach!
Deep, pristine, and rich with every type of seclusion and recreation to fit your mood, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, and Priest Lake all have a striking combination of unique personalities, lush scenery, and idyllic vibes. This 2-day getaway will take you through the highlights of Northern Idaho’s lake region and lead you straight to that sandy happy place where your cares will melt away and drift away with the cool, refreshing waterfront breeze.
Start with a relaxing late afternoon drive across the Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway.
Coeur d'Alene is a fascinating and active resort destination, but this lazily winding road runs along the 25-mile glacial lake and will make you forget that there is a city hub just a few miles away. As you wrap around the water, you'll have the opportunity to stop in Beauty Bay for some fantastic overlook opportunities as well.
In the heart of Coeur d'Alene at Independence Point, board the Brooks seaplane for a breathtaking flight over the water.
This scenic experience will make you fall in love with your waterfront destination all over again, and give you an opportunity to scope out your perfect beach spot.
End your Friday night with an exquisite meal at Beverly's, and a luxurious stay at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.
It's the epitome of posh, which is exactly what you deserve on your lakeside vacation.
Well-rested and ready for a new day, you'll cross the 2-mile Long Bridge into Sandpoint, where more beachside adventures await you.
Formerly the world's longest wooden bridge, this updated version connects the city of Sagle to Sandpoint over Lake Pend Oreille. It's a must-see stretch along the highway that features vibrant panoramic views and makes for a photo-worthy Northern Idaho bike ride if you're in the mood to stretch your legs.
Once you've arrived in Sandpoint, hit up City Beach for a rejuvenating waterfront afternoon spent basking in the warm summer sand.
For lunch, check out Trinity at City Beach for a delicious, sand and sun-worthy meal. Or, just wander along the shore until you find the perfect place to kick back with a beach towel and a picnic.
After an afternoon show at the historic Panida Theater or stroll across the Cedar Street Bridge, take your Pend Oreille experience to the next level with a romantic cruise on the lake.
Whether a public cruise or private charter, a breathtaking ride on the
Shawnodese (via Lake Pend Oreille Cruises) is an unforgettable experience. This little ship has all the historic charm of an old riverboat, with the personal attention of a private yacht.
Finally, end your day with a picturesque sunset.
Catch the vibrant spectacle from the beach, from the bow of the Shawnodese, or from your own private kayak on the water. It's gorgeous no matter where you are.
After a luxurious stay at the Talus Rock Retreat for the night, continue north to Priest Lake.
The 26,000 acre waterway is actually two crystal-clear, pristine lakes connected by a 2½-mile river known as the Thoroughfare. The perfect azure color will stimulate your senses and make you believe you're on a tropical vacation, while the stunning Selkirk mountains remind you that you're home sweet home in Idaho.
If the urge to explore takes over, check out the Roosevelt Cedar Grove in nearby Nordman.
This lush, inspiring oasis of towering cedars will rejuvenate your soul in the best way while giving you a break from the sun.
Here in Idaho's upper Panhandle, you'll find yourself surrounded by woodsy tranquility. You'll have plenty of opportunity for beach lounging on Luby Bay, or island hopping.
And really, what more do you need to end a perfect beach weekend?
Northern Idaho’s lake region is such a treasure to behold! If you have more than two days, be sure to enjoy as much of the local culture as possible — these lakefront beauties are well known for their art, music, and community offerings.
Ready to explore even more of the Gem State? We have plenty more road trips to add to your summer calendar! Check out these
9 Beautiful Scenic Byways, this adventurous Back-Country Road Trip, or our Historic Mullan Road Trip… you won’t believe the wonders you’ll find tucked away in Idaho’s nooks and crannies!