This quaint little town began in the 1800s as a mining town, but today it thrives on tourism and no one does it better, it seems. Known as “the Lake City” or by its initials, CDA, the town takes great pride in making the visitor experience memorable. When you book an RV in Coeur d'Alene, you’ll be only 40 minutes away from its sister city, Spokane, WA, and 15-20 minutes away from Hayden, Post Falls and Wolf Lodge.
To best experience this Idaho city, rent a motorhome in Coeur d'Alene. Park your Coeur d’Alene RV rental on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene and prepare your home cooked dinner while enjoying the spectacular lake view. In the mood for a bit of pampering? Coeur d'Alene sets the benchmark for both simple fare and high-end cuisine, to match its status as “a little slice of heaven”.
There is city bus service provided by Citylink. This public transportation services not only Coeur d'Alene but all of Kootenai County; buses depart every 60 minutes, seven days a week including holidays. For those wishing something more immediate, Coeur d'Alene is only 16 square miles in size, making taxi rides convenient.
The Great Outdoors
Outdoors enthusiasts will have a hard time choosing from the multitude of activities available, making an extended stay an attractive option, if possible. Coeur d'Alene City Park is located just off of Northwest Blvd and includes a water park, playground, sandy beach and short walking trails. Take I-95 across the Spokane River and you will find the Blackwell Island Recreation Site, which has ample parking for your RV rental near Coeur d'Alene, ID. Hiking trails are provided with wooden “sidewalks” to protect the local fauna.
Farther to the north you will discover the city of Hayden and Hayden Lake. Only a 20-minute drive in the Coeur d’Alene motorhome rental, it boasts a city park, family fun park and a chance to go water skiing or rent a paddle board. It is also home to a veterans museum and a golf course. Photography enthusiasts or those seeking a pure thrill can check out Latitude Aviation, Hayden's flight school, and return home with some great photos and stories.
McEuen Park sits on the shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake and includes Tubbs Hill, a great provider of hiking trails. Children who might have had enough endless walking can visit the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, which has children's programs and space where patrons can sit and read at their leisure without needing a library card (but the books must remain inside).
Closer to downtown, you can park your Coeur d’Alene rental RV at either the Riverwalk RV Park or Blackwell Island RV Park. Farther north lies Tamarack RV Park, only a few minutes by car from downtown, while to the west you have Coeur d'Alene RV Resort, just off of the I-90 (heading towards Spokane). Gas stations are plentiful, both downtown and heading north towards Hayden. Folks choosing to eat in the comfort of their Coeur d’Alene luxury RV rental can shop for groceries at the local Walmart, located just off of I-90 between Huette and Post Falls (to the west of Coeur d'Alene).
Exploring The City
Where to begin. In town, you have your choice of Coeur d'Alene Lake and Spokane River. Farther north is the previously mentioned Hayden Lake, while to the south you also have Saint Joe River. Coeur d'Alene is synonymous with water sports, from river rafting and tubing to paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking. There are fishing charters available or boat tours on either of the two lakes, while Hayden's Triple Play Family Fun Park has not only an all-ages water park but also bowling, mini-golf, laser tag and a go-kart track. Feeling lazy and sun-deprived? Park your motorhome rental in Coeur d'Alene at Lake Coeur d'Alene and enjoy the sun and sandy beaches to your heart’s content.
Hikers have their choice between North Idaho Centennial Trail, Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail and several Tubbs Hill Nature Trails; golfers can choose between playing rounds in either Coeur d'Alene or Hayden. Looking for something more offbeat? Try the Northwest Tattoo Museum, definitely one of a kind. Souvenir hunters will enjoy the Kootenai County Farmers Market and Wiggetts Antique Market. Horticulturalists will enjoy the University of Idaho Arboretum & Botanical Garden in Moscow, 90 minutes south of Coeur d'Alene.
Foodies will not be disappointed here. As part of its identity as a tourist mecca, Coeur d'Alene has a more than reasonable selection of cuisines to choose from. Inexpensive or fancy, RV travelers can choose between hamburger joints and sidewalk food carts, to more elegant surroundings. British pub fare, Japanese restaurants, seafood and steakhouses are all here, and Coeur d'Alene has an extensive list of Mexican restaurants.
When dinner is done, the nightlife beckons. Coeur d'Alene is home to numerous pubs, some of whom brew their own beer locally, as well as wine bars and at least one winery. And, as befits the generosity and fun-loving spirit that exists here, the Socially Geared CDA is 14-seat pedal bicycle pub crawl that will take you to all the best locations and help you burn off those spirits between stops.
Coeur d'Alene, ID is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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