The Lake City, the sparkling jewel of the Gem State, is always a whirl of activity including art shows, festivals, concerts and outdoor fun. Coeur d’Alene is the county seat of Kootenai County and is the sixth largest city in the state. Located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. 95, Coeur d’Alene is bound on the south by Lake Coeur d’Alene, known as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, which extends 25 miles to the south and has 109 miles of shoreline.
The cities of Hayden and Hayden Lake both border the western shores of Hayden Lake. About 4,000 acres in size with 40 miles of shoreline, the lake hosts one full service marina and two public boat launches. Honeysuckle is a sandy beach with a roped swim area, dock, public change house and restrooms. Fishing and water sports are popular pastimes on the lake.
The western gateway to North Idaho is an easy exit off I-90. Post Falls is known as Idaho’s River City. Forested hills to the south, winding Spokane River in the heart of town and prairie stretching north to the mountains provide a beautiful setting for this progressive town. Q’emiln Riverside Park, south of I-90 off Spokane Street, has picnic areas, a public boat launch and beach with life guards in summer months. Behind the park is some of the region’s best rock climbing, long scenic hiking trails and popular white water kayak training locations.
Just 10 minutes north of Post Falls off Hwy 41, Rathdrum offers small-town living at its best. Originally named Westwood, it was the county seat at the turn of the last century, with the railroad depot as the heart of the community. Idaho’s oldest brick church, the St. Stanislaus Kostka Mission, is located in Rathdrum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rathdrum is anchored on the edge of the Rathdrum Prairie in the shadow of beautiful Rathdrum Peak.