North Idaho is known for its dense forests and shimmering lakes, but it is also filled with intriguing art, music and vineyards. For road trip fans, Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway, the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, and the St. Joe River Scenic Byway brings you close to not only natural beauty but abundant wildlife. It's a fantastic introduction to the Gem State. Outdoors enthusiasts will also love hiking the 40 miles of trails in Athol's Farragut State Park, or kayaking, swimming, and fishing in Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Of course, golfers should not miss a chance to test their skills at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, or over at the scenic Avondale Golf Club in Hayden. If skiing or snowboarding is in your plans, hit the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg or Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area in Mullan.
You can sample the vintages of Coeur d’Alene Cellars before enjoying the music at the Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival or attending the Art on the Green festival, celebrating the arts, and performance. If your travels take you to Sandpoint, the annual Festival at Sandpoint will bring you the best of Jazz, Folk, and popular music.
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Jump in the car for a spectacular Idaho road trip as you wind your way along the North's scenic byways. Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway features stunning lake and mountain scenery, while the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway wanders over farmlands, river deltas and alongside the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Meanwhile, the St. Joe River Scenic Byway allows you to tour awe-inspiring Cottonwoods, mountain landscapes, and abundant wildlife.
Whether you plan on hitting the slope with your skis or your snowboard, there are numerous challenging runs throughout North Idaho. The region's favorites include Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, the largest ski resort located in North Idaho, and Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, which features two mountains with an array of terrains. Meanwhile, popular Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area in Mullan features three terrain park offerings and skiing for all skill levels.
Golfers hoping to spend some time on the greens in North Idaho are in luck. From the picturesque 18-hole Avondale Golf Club in Hayden Lake to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, which features a 14th-hole on a floating island that requires a water taxi, there is an impressive array of choices for golf fans.
Make the most of your visit to North Idaho by attending a local event or festival. Listen to Jazz, Classical Symphonic, and Folk music at the annual Festival at Sandpoint, or head to Coeur d'Alene to sing the Blues at the annual Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival or attend Art on the Green, their arts and performance festival.