Coeur d’Alene is often characterized by the lake, and for good reason! The beautiful blue waters are central to the town and provide entertainment, recreation, and a water source to the area. But there’s more to Coeur d’Alene than just the lake. Next time you visit, take pictures by the lake for sure; but if you’re looking to really spruce up your Instagram, try one of our top 10 most ‘Instagrammable’ places for a unique snapshot of our lakeside town.
1. Tubbs Hill
Tubbs Hill is quite possibly the most famous landmark in Coeur d’Alene (other than the lake of course!). The 165 acre nature area offers hikers beautiful lake views, secluded beach access, and the opportunity to see wildlife like foxes, eagles & more!
If you’re looking for the perfect perch to watch the sunset, this is it! The 3.3 mile loop trail is perfect for the whole family, with well-maintained trails and easy to follow signage, you’ll be at the picturesque sunset spot in no time at all. Spot Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay of Lake Coeur d’Alene as you climb through mature foliage and evergreens.
3. McEuen Park
McEuen Park is the hub of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. From Live After 5 (weekly summer concerts), to Brewfest (local beers & live music) there’s always something happening in the park. Enjoy the grassy area or grab the kids and head to the splash park- there’s nothing like some candids of cold water being dumped on their heads!
Memorial Park has a historic feel, with some new additions! Check out the skate park or mosey over to the new carousel for some great snapshots. Memorial Park is also the host of Art on the Green, the annual festival celebrating local artists and chefs.
5. Resort Boardwalk
The Coeur d’Alene Resort Boardwalk is the longest floating boardwalk in the world- and definitely worth a stroll around. Stop at the Boardwalk Bar first for a cold drink to hold while you check out the gorgeous marina and lake views. Need a break? The seating area halfway around the boardwalk loop is great to take a load off and grab a picture or two with the blue waters in the background.
Midtown is an up-and-coming area of Coeur d’Alene, with a fun and funky vibe. Thrift stores, cafes, and street art highlight the neighborhood and create perfect backdrops for pictures. From the blue neon sign in Bluebird Cafe to the sports memorabilia covering every inch of the walls in Capones, Midtown is a must-visit area!
Higgins Point is the end of the 23 mile Centennial Trail, and a great place to spend an afternoon. Pack up the kids, dog, and beach gear and head over to experience great beaches, hikes, and a dock. In late fall, Higgins Point is the ideal eagle watching landing, as the yearly migration of eagles frequent the trees surrounding the point.
Sherman Avenue truly is the heart of Coeur d’Alene. Lined with boutiques, bars, and fun restaurants, there’s always something new to try. Local festivals (like the annual Mac N Cheese Festival) and the Ironman run down Sherman Avenue. Head into Hudson’s Hamburgers for a taste of history (they opened in 1907!) or poke your head into Mountain Madness Soap Co. and check out the locally made soaps, bath bombs, and scrubs- the shop offers colorful backdrops and fun picture opportunities.
The Centennial Trail is a 23 mile paved trail lining Lake Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas. Runners, bikers and dog walkers alike can enjoy beautiful scenic views as they make their way down the trail. The trail extends from the Washington/Idaho state line to Higgins Point! Fun picture idea: bike the trail starting at Higgins Point, then take a picture standing on the state line with one foot in Washington and one foot in Idaho!
Independence Point is central to everything on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The seawall and large steps leading into the lake used to be Playland Pier that hosted carnival rides and attractions for families in the mid to late 1900s. Today, Independence Point is one of the premier locations for fireworks watching (both during the Fourth of July and Holiday Light Show), as well as a great place to spend the day in or beside the lake.
Photo Credits: Weston Cederblom Photography