North Idaho is best known for its scenic mountain ranges, the Selkirk, Cabinet, Coeur d’Alene and Bitterroot Mountains. It offers a host of things to do in both summer and winter.
Visitors can enjoy plenty of outdoor pursuits in the beautiful mountain area of North Idaho. The Hiawatha Trail is ideal for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and horseback riding along this former railway track. It is located just off I-90 on the Idaho-Montana border. Boating, kayaking, water skiing and fishing for bass, trout and salmon can be found on the local lakes. The long beach at Coeur d’Alene Lake offers parasailing, wakeboarding and water skiing in summer when events such as the Huckleberry Festival, Mountain Man Rendezvous and the Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival take place. Hiking, boating and star-gazing are just some of the great things to do from a holiday cabin in Northern Idaho. In winter the area attracts visitors seeking world class skiing and snowboarding. Snow shoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other activities can all be enjoyed in these peak winter sports conditions and there are about 400 miles of trails to enjoy around Priest Lake.
There are some historic towns to visit from your North Idaho holiday home. Coeur d’Alene is a haven for tourists with an excellent golf course which has a unique free-floating island green – the only one in the world. Silverwood Theme Park is ideal for children with great rides. It is close to the Boulder Beach Water Park, just north of Coeur d’Alene and there is a microbrewery in the town. The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is within the St Joe National Forest and is a magnificent place to visit along with impressive Post Falls. The Crystal Gold Mine in Kellogg is a great place to take an underground mine tour. Wallace is home to the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum and the Wallace District Mining Museum.
Holiday cabins in North Idaho experience extreme weather from hot summers to snowy winters well below freezing. In summer temperatures peak in July reaching 82°F (28°C). Spring and fall are pleasant seasons. The long winter starts in November and runs until Easter. The area has low precipitation in the summer. There is more in the winter when it falls as snow and temperatures drop to well below freezing 20°F (-7°C).
The nearest major airport serving the area of North Idaho is Spokane International (GEG) Airport, just across the border in Washington state. Connecting flights to Spokane can be made from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Oakland, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. The area has many other domestic airports including Bowers Airport at Leon, Kelowna Airport in Canada, Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport and the Tri-Cities Airport at Pasco.