Coeur d'Alene Idaho

How to Explore Coeur d’Alene Like a Local

During your time in Coeur d’Alene, you’re looking for a more significant Pacific Northwest adventure to complement your vacation. When it comes to travel, you’re the type of person that seeks more out of a trip than the conventional tourist traps!

At The Coeur d’Alene Resort, we are passionate about connecting guests with the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor activity that our region has to offer. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 5 things to do in Coeur d’Alene. When you arrive, you won’t have to rely on a local to show you around like a local.


Grab a drink to go and head over to the boardwalk for some fun.

Listed below is a little-known insider’s tip: Did you know that you can order a beverage – yes, even an adult beverage – and have it delivered to your room while taking a walk along the lake at The Coeur d’Alene Resort? With a beverage in hand, you’ll be exercising, resting, and soaking in the scenery all at the same time as you stroll around the World’s Longest Floating Boardwalk. That is the pinnacle of holiday efficiency.


Are you not a boat owner? Take one for a spin!

In the summer, one of the first things you’ll notice about Coeur d’Alene is that the best place to be is out on the lake, where everyone is hanging out. If you don’t have your own watercraft or didn’t bring one with you, The Coeur d’Alene Resort provides full-service boat rental choices for guests. Everything from jet skis to luxury pontoon boats to kayaks is available, so you’ll be enjoying the splendor of Coeur d’Alene Lake in no time at all.


By strolling through Coeur d’Alene’s historic Garden District, you can get your steps in.

The historic Garden District is only a few blocks north of downtown, so it isn’t too far off the usual path for visitors. As a great way to get a taste of the local flavor, this historic neighborhood is filled with fascinating architecture, vibrant landscaping, a charming community garden, and tranquil paths under the shade of mature trees.


Continue your journey beyond the lake to another magnificent body of water.

The St. Joe River is beloved by the locals for its pristine beauty and abundance of wildlife. It’s a more distant branch of Coeur d’Alene Lake that’s a haven for anyone who enjoys floatation, boating, camping, or fishing. On a St. Joe River Cruise from the Coeur d’Alene Resort, you’ll get to see both the lake and the river, giving you the best of both worlds.

Farmers’ Market is a great place to experience Coeur d’Alene’s rich culture.

During the summer months, there is no site more vibrant than the farmers’ market. Enjoy the live music, crafts, local cuisine, and fresh produce vendors that will be available while you’re munching on your kettle corn snack. A 5-mile bike ride to the Kootenai County Farmers’ Market is recommended if you’re coming on Saturday. On Wednesday evenings, the market is located on 5th Street, which is only a few blocks from from The Resort’s entrance.


We can’t wait to have you as a guest in our picturesque lakeside town! Your outdoor playground is waiting for you.

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