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, and 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!
Best Things to Do in Coeur d’Alene Idaho
GETTING TO COEUR D’ALENE
The closest airport to Coeur d’Alene is Spokane International Airport in Washington (about 40 minutes away). Spokane offers nonstop flights or one-stop access from most major cities in the USA and Canada. After landing, you’ll arrive in less than an hour to the amazing town of Coeur d’Alene. I recommend grabbing a taxi or Uber to the town if you don’t want to rent a car. If you’re flying into Seattle, you’ll be about a 4.40-hour drive to CDA.
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, Montana or Canada.
WHERE TO STAY IN COEUR D’ALENE
Coeur d’ Alene Resort – If you want to stay in the most iconic place in Coeur d’Alene then this resort is your place. It’s top-rated and centrally located right on the lake with a great infinity pool, award-winning spa, and hot tubs. It is somewhat considered the ‘place to be’ in CDA. See current prices 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 though I haven’t stayed here I thought it would be good to mention!