We departed Winthrop, WA after a couple of relaxing days and drove through parts of the Okanogan National Forest, passed the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and went through Spokane before leaving Washington and arriving in Idaho, adding another state to our map. Our friend Justin had told us about this place in Idaho named Coeur d’Alene and since it was on our way to Montana (our next planned destination), we decided to check it out. Turned out to be a blast.
You’ll get a flavor of the place from the slide show below, however, realize that there were wildfires burning just north of the US border in Canada and the smoke from those fires created a haze in the air that is noticeable in the pictures.
We enjoyed walking around town, strolling the world’s longest floating boardwalk, visiting North Idaho College (right on the shores of the lake!) and cruising the lake on the tour boat. The lake is 25 miles long and 1 to 3 miles wide with over 109 miles of shoreline. It took almost 90 minutes to tour one small section of this huge lake. Great visit!
On to Montana tomorrow!