things to do in coeur d'alene

I had a major laugh when I was looking up keywords for this ‘things to do in Coeur d’Alene Idaho blog post’ because NO ONE (not really even me) knows how to spell Coeur d’Alene. I saw a lot of Cortolane Idaho, or Corder Lane, and had to LOL! This is why most Idahoans abbreviate the town to CDA which is what I’ll be using for the majority of my post below.

A little bit about Coeur d’Alene:

CDA is a special place located on Lake Coeur d’ Alene in Northern Idaho and is one of the larger towns in the state. In my opinion, it’s one of the best places to visit in Idaho because you get a good-sized town, with amenities, are also are directly on a lake!

The summertime here is the best time to come, but there are also great winter activities as well.

CDA is also really close to Hayden Lake, Fernan Lake, the Spokane River and the Coeur d’Alene river, so if you like bodies of freshwater, this might be a good place for you. The closest ski resort is Schweitzer mountain, located near yet another great town, Sandpoint, Idaho!



The closest airport to Coeur d’Alene is Spokane International Airport in Washington and offers nonstop flights or one-stop access from most major cities in the USA.   


To get to CDA from the airport, you can either take an uber or you can easily access it by highway coming from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana or Canada. 


Coeur d’ Alene Resort If you want to stay in the most iconic place in CDA then this resort is your place. It’s central and located right on the lake and is somewhat of the ‘place to be’ in CDA.  See current prices here.

Airbnb Cabin Rental – I highly recommend booking a lake house if you can find one close to the lake or close to town. Use my link for $40 off your rental! There are some beautiful homes, downtown apartments and cabins in great locations. See all of the open cabins here.

Roosevelt Inn -This place is in the old Roosevelt Schoolhouse and is a Bed and Breakfast run by locals. Each room has different decor and it’s only an 8 minute walk to the water. I have multiple friends who have stayed here and love it, so even thought I haven’t stayed here I thought it would be good to mention!




Brunch and Lunch

Crafted – Great place to go on a nice day for outdoor seating in the summer.

Dockside Restaurant – great brunch and famous for the Gooey dessert

Honey Eatery and Social Club – Great brunch here and fun decor

Hudson Hamburgers – This is an old school hamburger joint, but super good and famous in town

Dinner and Drinks

Angelo’s or Tony’s on the Lake  – Both great spots for Italian food

Crickets – This spot is right downtown serving great pub food with big menus and tvs. It’s a great sports bar with high energy and great for large groups.

315 Restaurant and Wine Bar– martinis and tapas to your list. They’re favorites among our age group.

Moontime + Porch are sister restaurants and loved by locals 🙂

The Bluebird – This is great farm to table grub in Midtown

Cedars Floating Restaurant – This is literally a floating restaurant on the lake with great steak and seafood!

The art and wine scene is pretty big in downtown CDA. So if you’re looking for some fun wine bars, visit  Live for Blu, Studio 107, Castaway Cellars.

honey eatery and social club

I hope you have a fun time in Coeur d’Alene! There’s so much to do and there are new activities and restaurants popping up all the time! Let me know if you’ve discovered any other really fun activities to do there in the comments below!


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12 Best Things to do in Coeur d' Alene idaho
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