A century ago Coeur d'Alene was at the epicenter of bitter mining and timber-forestry labor disputes which dominated the state's early history and politics. Fortunately for visitors, much of that blight is long gone. Today the city is known as a tourist haven for outdoor pursuits. Coeur d'Alene also features a renowned golf course with a free-floating island green, the only such hole in the world. Several other public and private golf courses abound. World class snow skiing is within a 90 minute drive of downtown Coeur d'Alene. Lake Coeur d'Alene offers boating and water-skiing as well as fishing for bass, trout, and salmon.
Often referred to by locals as simply "CDA," Coeur d'Alene is sometimes considered the easternmost edge of of the greater Spokane area, although the city is the anchor of a metro area in its own right. Like much of northern Idaho, Coeur d'Alene often relates more to eastern Washington than it does to southern Idaho and the capitol.
The Spokane, Washington International Airport is just 40 minutes west of Coeur d'Alene with non-stop flights arriving daily from cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Vancouver, Calgary and others. There is ground transportation available from the Spokane Airport to Coeur d’Alene. The following airlines provide service to Spokane International Airport: United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Airlines, Air Canada, Big Sky Airlines, and America West Airlines. The Coeur d'Alene Airport serves private aircraft and is located just north of Coeur d'Alene.
Call Omnibus (208) 667-6664 for ground transportation from Coeur d'Alene to the Spokane Airport.
Amtrak is stationed in Spokane, WA, just 30 miles west of Coeur d'Alene. For information, call Amtrak at 800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com
City Link  provides free bus transportation to select areas, including the movie theaters and casinos
Air Idaho Charters, Coeur d'Alene Airport, ☎ 208-304-0883, . 24 hours. Air Idaho Charters provides on demand charter flights into and out of the Coeur d'alene Airport.
Lake Coeur d'Alene Swim on one Coeur d'Alene's long public beach, or travel to other parts of the lake. There is also a parasaling business in CDA. The Lake also offers great watersports such as cycling, kayaking, skiing or wakeboarding. Visit LakeCoeurdAlene.com for more information on trips and adventures on Lake CDA.
Silverwood Theme Park The park is located a short drive north of Coeur d'Alene. Awesome place for the kids - great rides for all ages. Or visit the adjacent Boulder Beach waterpark. You can easily spend 2 days here at the two parks.
Wild Waters A small water park located off Interstate 90. There are several waterslides and a childs area as well.
Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch, 11077 East Blue Lake Road, ☎ 888-689-9680, . Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers a western dude ranch experience from dining to a wide array of seasonal activities.
Lake Coeur d'Alene Kayaking, 202 E Sherman Ave, ☎ 800-451-6034, . ROW Adventure Center is the only outfitter who offers kayak trips on Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Harrison Pontoons & Rentals JC Tritoon 246 pontoon boat rentals. These fully-loaded beauties offers comfort, luxury and, most of all, incredible performance. Fuel efficient 225+ HP 4-stroke outboards allow you to pull tubers and skiers with power to spare. Features: 16-person capacity, in-dash GPS, ski bar, swim platforms, iPod connectivity, bimini top. We also offer boat/waterfront home rental packages. Harrison Pontoons
The CD'A Brewing Company is an outstanding microbrewery / restaurant with the unusual situation, great beers brewed on-site AND great food. The restaurant is a few blocks up from the lake and in the middle of several art galleries. Great for families and a beer on the late summer nights (its still light up here in the summer until about 10:30 PM!)
One of the places to eat that is famous among the locals is Hudson's Hamburgers, which is on Sherman Avenue. Almost every local has been there, so it shouldn't be too hard to ask for directions. They only serve hamburgers, but their hamburgers are renowned for their best taste.
The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast (The Roosevelt School), 105 East Wallace (just blocks from downtown), ☎ 208-765-5200, . checkin: 3 pm; checkout: 11 am. Relax in historic elegance in this turn of the century re-brick school house converted to CDA's finest bed and breakfast. Easily walking distance to downtown and the lake.$89-319.
CDA GetAway, Downtown Coeur d'Alene (near the Ironman course), ☎ 208-819-7415, . CDA GetAway has dozens of vacation rentals available for Ironman CDA and throughout the year.$200-600.
Grandma's Cabin, E. Harlow Pt. Rd (near Harrison, ID), . checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 10 am. 100' of private Coeur d'Alene Lake waterfront and an expansive yard overlooking the lake make this an ideal vacation home for your next summer getaway. Grandma's Cabin is a fully-furnished lake home with indoor and outdoor dining tables, 3bed, 1.5bath, AC, HDTV, and Gas Grill. Grandma's Cabin$1,550/wk.
The Coeur d'Alene Resort Located on the lake, in the middle of downtown, the CDA Resort also has a golf course with a "Floating Green" and a Marina.
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