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Northern Idaho Panhandle

Touring the Canadian Border to Lewiston

Surround yourself with evergreen mountains, picturesque lakes, and rivers winding through fertile valleys. Northern Idaho is the perfect destination for anyone looking to get out and explore.

Bonner’s Ferry

South of the Canadian border off the 95 is what many call the gateway into Idaho, Bonner’s Ferry. From its charming quaint downtown to the Kootenai River and nearby forests, this city has much to offer.

Must Sees

The Three-Mile Antique Mall
You don’t have to be an avid collector to appreciate this gem’s fun roadside atmosphere. Stop by to see rare collectibles such as vintage jukeboxes and vending machines.

Moyie River Overlook & Bridge
While driving over the Moyie River on Highway 2, pull over and look out over one of the highest bridges in Idaho at 455 feet)

Kootenai River
Go for a scenic hike along the river or get out your poles and experience some of the best fishing around.

Local’s Guide

Mario’s Mexican Restaurant
Finding delicious TexMex food and service is hard to come by. That’s why you can’t miss out on Mario’s. Try their homemade chile relleno or brave the “Jefe’s” EXTRA Grande Burrito. If you can eat this monster in 30 minutes you get it free.

 

Sandpoint

In case you didn’t get enough of the outdoors in Bonner’s Ferry, just continue south to Sandpoint where gorgeous nature is the name of the game.

Must Sees

Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway
The strip of Highway 95 between Bonner’s Ferry and Sandpoint will treat you to views of glacial valleys, historic buildings, and the lakes.

Pend Oreille Scenic Byway
Take a short detour and follow the HWY 200 through beautiful farmland, river deltas, and the rocky shores of Lake Pend Oreille for spectacular water views.

Shweitzer Mountain Resort
If you’re lucky enough to pass through in the winter, then a stop at Shweitzer Mountain is a must. At 2,900 acres, this resort has the largest ski area in Idaho. Gaze out over Canada and three states from the top of your lift. Not passing through in the winter? No problem. Shweitzer also offers hiking, biking, scenic lift rides, and even a zip line.

Lake Pend Oreille
Created by melting glaciers and surrounded by lush forest and mountain ranges, Pend Oreille is not only the largest lake in the state, but also one of the best for fishing. Get ready to catch some big fish!

Local’s Guide

Panida Theatre
This historic theatre started out as a Vaudeville and movie house back in 1927. Today it’s still going strong, showcasing the latest in cinema, theatre and music. Let its elegant furnishings and beautiful architecture take you back to a simpler time.

 

Coeur d’Alene

You don’t have to be able to pronounce it to enjoy it. There are over 50 lakes within a short drive of this breathtaking city. Sure it’s one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in Idaho, but it also has the second largest metropolitan area in the state. There’s very little you can’t do in Coeur d’Alene.

Must Sees

Lake Coeur d’Alene
This one’s a no-brainer. Spend a day with the family on the beach and watch the bald eagles swoop in to feed on the kokanee (best viewed by Wolf Lodge Bay). Bike or hike the scenic North Idaho Centennial Trail. Rent a boat or kayak. The possibilities are endless.

Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course
Once dubbed “America’s Most Beautiful Resort Golf Course” by Golf Digest, this meticulously kept jewel offers an award winning experience you will never forget. Imagine teeing off with a pristine lake by your side. Wait ‘til you see the Famous Floating Green on Hole 14.

Silverwood Theme Park
Have a blast at the “Northwest’s Largest Theme Park”. With 70 rides, including four roller coasters, live entertainment, and the Boulder Beach Water Park, Silverwood is a guaranteed good time for the whole family.

Local’s Guide

Live After Five
Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the corner of 6th and Sherman comes alive with a free concert in the park. This family friendly event is a great way to support local bands and businesses.

Coeur d’Alene Cellars
Indulge in “the fine art of wine” at this famous winery. Enjoy live music at the tasting bar while sipping some of the richest wine made from Eastern Washington Rhone grapes.

 

Lewiston

Founded during the Gold Rush in 1861, Lewiston became the first capital of the Idaho Territory. Situated in the gorgeous Lewis-Clark Valley, this city is rich in culture and tradition. Almost every time of the year there’s a festival, and when there isn’t, you have countless other activities to enjoy.

Must Sees

Heyburn State Park
Before reaching Lewiston, stop by the oldest park in the Pacific Northwest, Heyburn. Hillsides covered in wildflowers and ponderosa pines line the water’s shores. Stop here for a family picnic or to stretch your legs before continuing your journey.

Mary M. McCroskey State Park
When heading down the 95 take a detour onto skyline drive. This 18 mile scenic drive will reward you with endless views of rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area
This world-famous park boasts the deepest river gorge in North America and is home to tribal rock carvings, abandoned mines, and a variety of wildlife. Feed your adventurous spirit as you brave the white water of the Snake River. Or sit back and fish off a remote sandy beach for Salmon. There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of this majestic park.

Moscow
Just north of Lewiston is a small town with big offerings. Moscow is home to the University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and Idaho’s longest running Farmer’s Market. It’s no wonder they call Moscow the “Heart of the Arts”.

Orofino
This is another nearby city worth visiting. Orofino’s Dworshak Dam is a 53-mile long aquatic playground. Bring your boat and fly rod for a relaxing day on the water. On your way out, stop by the dam and take a tour of its interior.

Local’s Guide

The Lunch Box Deli & BBQ
It’s hard not to see the bright red restaurant when driving down 20th street, just as it is hard not to fall madly in love with its BBQ. Tender brisket, pulled pork, saucy ribs, this Pit BBQ is as authentic as it gets.