Have you ever traveled somewhere and constantly pinched yourself because it just seemed too good to be real? 

This is how you will feel when you visit Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

I’m lucky enough to live less than 3 hours away from this gem of a place. 

From Wikipedia:

“The Coeur d’Alene Resort and a 165-acre natural area called Tubbs Hill, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho take up a prominent portion of the city’s downtown. There are several ski areas nearby: Silver Mountain Resort to the east in KelloggLookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area alsoto the east on Lookout Passat the Montana border, and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort to the north in Sandpoint. The largest theme and water park in the Northwest, Silverwood Theme Park, is located approximately 20 miles to the north.

The city is named after the Coeur d’Alene People, a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans who lived along the rivers and lakes of the region, in a territory of 5,500 square miles (14,000 km2) extending into Washington and Montana. They were first encountered by French fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century, who referred to them as Cœur d’Alêne, meaning ‘heart of an awl’, reflecting their experience of the tribal traders as tough businessmen, ‘sharp-hearted’ or ‘shrewd.'”

When you visit CDA, I highly recommend that you visit the Coeur D’Alene Resort and its surrounding area. There are some great hikes right around the resort as well as some delicious ice cream and sushi places.