North Idaho is one of the few hidden gems left in the United States, especially for those looking for an exciting summer vacation. From clear, clean lakes to majestic mountains, the area has picturesque beauty. In addition, quaint towns and beautiful lodges provide great jumping off points for any adventure in the northwest. While there are many opportunities in North Idaho, here are our top three favorite things to do:
- Visit Sandpoint, Idaho
On the shores of pristine Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint is home to up-and-coming brewries, local eateries with daily specials and even a world-class ski resort, Schweitzer Mountain, in the Selkirk Mountain range. Bike along the promenade downtown, rent a boat or Catamaran to explore the lake, and discover delightful local cuisine at hidden gems. There’s something in this lakeside town for everyone.
- Explore Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Just a short drive north of Sandpoint and five miles west of Bonners Ferry is the 2,774 acre Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, a large variety of wildlife including moose, elk, deer, bear, otter, bald eagles, and migratory waterfowl such as mallards, northern pintail, and teal. Visitors can participate in programs, watch for wildlife and learn about the area.
- Relax at a beautiful lodge
Bonners Ferry is home to many great places to stay. Many have beautiful views of local mountain rangers and the near-by waters. Choose a place that has a full package, like Kootenai River Inn, where guests can utilize our modern casino, dine at a five star restaurant or visit our spa to relax.
We know there are so many great things to do in North Idaho. What’s your favorite hidden gem? Let us know!