Coeur d ‘Alene where you’ll have a awl

Located in Northern Idaho Coeur d’Alene is both a city by a lake, and the name of the lake.

In fact, Lake Coeur d’Alene has been rated as one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world.  With over 135 miles of shoreline, you have ample opportunity to test the water with a fishing pole, particularly as a number of fish species are swimming around awaiting the challenge. Lake Coeur d’Alene also plays host to dozens of water skiers, jet skiers, and anyone who has an enthusiasm for water-based fun.

Because the name Coeur d’Alene is a bit of a mouthful, locals refer to the places as Lake City, or simply CDA.  It got its name from French fur trappers and its literal translation means `heart of the awl’.   An awl is a long pointed spike which obviously was of great importance to french fur trappers at one time but the relevance of which, I have to admit, is lost on me.

CDA is a popular tourist destination because of its accessibility to two great ski resorts: Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.  In fact CDA is popular with many outdoor enthusiasts as mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting are all popular. The Mountain Air Resort is just to the north of town and provides natural style camping, hiking, biking and fishing.    

One of the best ways to enjoy the country around CDA is to walk or ride the North Idaho Centennial Trail which is a multi-use recreational trail system that meanders for 24 miles from the Idaho/Washington state line to Higgens Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  This scenic trail runs along the Spokane River to Post Falls where it runs through neighbourhoods and eventually to wooded areas leading to Coeur d’Alene. At the west end of Coeur d’Alene the trail again meets the Spokane River and follows it to the pristine Lake Coeur d’Alene.  The trail has numerous rest areas, scenic views and historical interpretative signs to add to the enjoyment of one of the most beautiful trail systems in the USA.

The CDA golf course has a reputation for being one of the most attractive golf courses in the country, but it is particularly famous for its 14th hole, which is a floating hole – that moves.  Making it a remarkably difficult hole even for the professionals.

For those who are not really into the outdoor activities, or who want a little more excitement, north of CDA, you’ll find the Northwest’s largest theme park, Silverwood which has over 65 dazzling rides and attractions. Have fun Blasting through 4 underground tunnels on Tremors Roller Coaster, splash around in the massive 16 acres Boulder Beach Water Park, and scream your way through Aftershock, the brand new 190 foot tall steel roller coaster.

Whatever you chosen activity, or whatever your scene, you should find it all at Coeur d’Alene.

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