Coeur D'Alene is a city in Northern Idaho, located on the Lake Coeur D'Alene. French Canadian fur traders named this city Heart of the Awl because of the locals' tough trading practices. The city is in close proximity to two major ski resorts: Silver Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain. Called Lake City by locals, Coeur d'Alene is quickly becoming a major tourist attraction.
The Resort of Coeur D'Alene attracts visitors throughout the entire year. The city has been called "a little slice of heaven" by Barbara Walters. The city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been featured on Good Morning America, as it is the largest in the country. During summer months, Lake Coeur D'Alene is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. Golfing is a major attraction here as well, featuring a floating green on the 14th hole.
Families living or visiting Coeur D'Alene can visit Silverwood Theme Park, the largest amusement park in the northwest. During summer months, Boulder Beach Park is open to the public. Coeur D'Alene holds many street festivals worth attending. The city puts on a three day craft show in downtown. A must-see for foodies is the Taste of Coeur D'Alene, with food vendors attending from all over the northwest.
The city is also home to numerous vineyards. Coeur D'Alene Cellars specialize in hand crafted Syrahs and Viogniers. Barrel Room No. 6 is an upscale swanky bar in downtown Coeur D'Alene, and features locally made wines. Gambling is also legal here, and the Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort offers 24-hour entertainment.
Downtown Coeur D'Alene is home to the city's Opera house, Museum of North Idaho, and a multitude of art galleries. In the summer, Coeur D'Alene Summer Theater puts on a production of a Broadway musical. A local specialty is the Cowboy Supper Show at the Rockin B Ranch. Make sure to plan your visit accordingly, as the show is put on only from June through September.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan