On our grand road trip to Seattle, my son and I stopped over for a night in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. We have driven by this cute little lake side town several times in the past. For this trip, however, it turned out to be the perfect half-way mark between Yellowstone and Seattle.
Camping in Coeur D’Alene
Since we had already been camping in Yellowstone, and were set to spend a fortune on a hotel room near Seattle, I opted for camping one more night. We stayed at the Wolf Lodge Campground, just South of town. The Wolf Lodge Campground has grassy tent sites, RV sites as well as cabins. The main feature that we were interested in, however, were the showers. We had already been camping for two days, and needed a chance to clean up. They were very nice and clean!
This part of Idaho is very green and lush. A far cry from the generally brown landscape of the Midwest. Our tent site was situated in the grass, right next to a calm little stream. In spite of all of this green lushness, there are actually very few mosquitoes. It was an unexpected surprise!
Exploring Town and Eating Dinner
For dinner, we decided to splurge a bit and eat at Dockside, a restaurant overlooking the lake. They are apparently very famous for their “Gooey” desserts, as they ask you when you get seated if you are eating diner or just dessert. We were too full after our delicious dinner to try one, though.
After Dinner, we walked along the water front, and on the boardwalk. The boardwalk, which you can see in the above photo, makes a loop around the whole marina, with a bridge for the boats to come in and out of.
From the boardwalk, you can take in the large swimming beaches (although not necessarily in this photo). It was almost 90° outside, and the swimming beach, and surrounding parks were very busy.
It was a perfect evening for being outside. As we walked along Main St., the patios at the area restaurants were crowded with people enjoying a drink, or meal. As happenstance would have it, we also arrived on Farmer’s Market night. Coeur D’Alene had a great farmer’s market. While I couldn’t buy any produce, I did get a couple bottles of locally made wine, produced from local fruits.
I’m so glad that we chose to make a stop here. I really enjoyed the scenery, the beauty of the lake and surrounding parks, as well as the friendly people of Coeur D’Alene.
If you would like to go back and read about our road trip from the beginning, you can do so at “Getting Started“. Don’t forget to check out Yellowstone Day 1 and Day 2. Up next are highlights of my first time in Seattle.