Round Lake Campground

The northern reaches of Idaho’s panhandle are some of the best places to go camping with an RV if you like to avoid the crowds. It’s an outdoor lover's dream, with a nearly limitless supply of hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and kayaking opportunities. Sandpoint lies at the center of all of it, serving as the perfect base camp for all these exciting activities. With the nearest major city being a 90-minute drive away in Spokane, you won’t have any trouble finding a parking space at the trailhead either.However, RV campgrounds within Sandpoint and those just outside of it can fill up during the summer tourist season. An excellent alternative is to stay just a few miles outside of Sandpoint, at Round Lake Campground inside Round Lake State Park. Many of the park’s sites have water and electrical hookups, or you can choose to boondock it and pick up drinking water from one of several spigots nearby. To clear out your tanks, a couple of dump stations are located on the edge of the campground.Most visitors to Round Lake Campground come not for the amenities, but for the remarkable outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful scenery it offers. There are paddle boat rentals to use on Round Lake for a small fee, and several easy hiking trails cross the 142-acre state park. If you’re in need of more acreage, though, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities along the Pend Oreille River, just ten minutes away.

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The Great Outdoors

Sandpoint is undoubtedly the adventure and outdoor tourism hub for northern Idaho, with outstanding mountains, lakes, rivers, and trails to explore. Come winter, nearby Schweitzer Mountain is one of the top ski resorts in the state, but if you book an RV in Bonner County during the summer, there are still plenty of great activities to enjoy. Take a hike on one of its two dozen trails; they range in length from a few minutes' walk to a few hours' hike, so there’s something for every age, fitness, and experience level. If you’re up for a thrilling ride, Schweitzer Mountain also has a zipline with spectacular views of the surrounding valley.Something you probably wouldn’t expect is great waterfront camping near Sandpoint, but the sands of City Beach on Lake Pend Oreille will almost make you forget that you’re a few hundred miles from the coast. There’s plenty of space to spread out on a beach blanket, and in the height of the summer, when temperatures are hovering around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the lake’s cool water is a welcome respite for swimmers. There are also volleyball and basketball courts, boat rentals, and BBQ pits to keep you entertained and well-fed throughout the day.For a big day out on the water, consider renting a ski or pontoon boat from the marina in Sandpoint. Outfitters will get you set up for a full day of partying, fishing, or wakeboarding – just let them know what you’re into. Don’t feel like driving the boat? Book a day cruise to visit some of the lake’s most beautiful sights or maybe a romantic sunset cruise with your partner.If you want to take a scenic drive with your RV rental, check out the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway. It consists of 33 miles of stunningly beautiful two-lane roads stretching from Sandpoint to the little town of Clark Fork on the Montana border, wrapping around the north and east side of Lake Pend Oreille in the process. This route is at its best in early fall when the leaves shift from green to vibrant oranges and reds, but it’s a gorgeous drive at any time of year. The Pend Oreille Byway is only one section of what’s known as the Selkirk Loop, a 280-mile drive circling the Selkirk Mountains through Washington, Montana, and British Columbia – so if you’ve got the time (and a passport), this would be an amazing adventure.

Exploring the City

Sandpoint is only 15 minutes' drive away when you choose an RV rental near Round Lake Campground and has loads of great attractions to check out during your motorhome camping adventure. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit the Bonner County History Museum, which houses fantastic exhibits showcasing Sandpoint’s role in the mining and timber industries and how it’s grown into the tourist hub that it is today. You’ll probably also enjoy some of the antique shops that dot Sandpoint’s downtown core, with many of them selling cute knickknacks alongside historical gems befitting a true collector.For arts and culture in Sandpoint, the Panida Theater is the place to be. Built in the roaring ‘20s, when Sandpoint was mainly a lumber town, it has retained most of its period charm with beautifully decorated columns and an ornate ceiling. The theater plays host to mainstream movies, indie flicks, comedy shows, concerts by local musicians, and seasonal plays. Check the schedule and see what’s happening while you’re camping at Round Lake Campground.Sandpoint has some impressive shopping along its main street, particularly at the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market. It’s a great spot for picking up souvenirs, browsing locally made products, or just having a coffee. To score a great deal while you’re renting an RV, make a trip down to the town of Post Falls on the Washington state border. The town is packed with outlet malls selling some of the most popular brands in clothing, shoes, and home goods.

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