Looking for the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation? There are unlimited things to do in CDA to kick back and relax. Discover the best ones in this guide!
Bordered by the rugged skyline of the Coeur D’Alene Mountains and the exciting Lake Coeur D’Alene, CDA is a hub for adventures, active entertainment, and sports. But the unspoiled nature embracing the city and the picture-perfect downtown area also make for the perfect background for a relaxing vacation.
Thanks to the stunning beaches, peaceful parks, and luxury resorts, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the things to do to relax and unplug from the daily grind are nearly endless. Here are some unique ideas to inspire your next relaxing getaway!
Explore Downtown Coeur d’Alene and Visit the Weekly Farmers Market
If you love finding new hidden gems for shopping, dining, enjoying a drink, or listening to live music, downtown CDA certainly won’t disappoint you! With a population of 50,500 people, Coeur D’Alene retains its small-town charm – but this doesn’t mean that you’ll ever have a dull moment in the city!
With over 100 boutique stores, antique shops, museums, and art galleries, there is always an iconic spot to discover in CDA. And, on Wednesday morning, don’t forget to pay a visit to the unmissable Kootenai County Farmers’ Market.
Take a Stroll Through City Park
The 16-acres Coeur D’Alene City Park – and the adjacent stunning beach of Independence Point – is a must-see location when visiting CDA.
Located a stone’s throw away from the CDA’s city center, the park offers an extensive playground, a placid promenade, and plenty of spots for BBQs, picnics, and sunbathing. The park is also home to some of the best events in Coeur d’Alene – including the Summer Concert Series!
Sped a Sunny Day At Tubbs Hill Beach
Undoubtedly, Tubbs Hill is best known for its 2.2-mile (3.5 km) long trails running along the cliff’s edge and offering stunning views over Lake Coeur D’Alene all year around. But what not so many visitors know is that Tubbs Hill hides one of the most beautiful beaches in Coeur D’Alene.
The sandy beach is accessible enough for swimming, and it’s surrounded by unspoiled forests. If you are looking to get away from the summer crowds taking over Independence Point, checking out Tubbs Hill Beach is one of the best things to do in CDA!
Stay in a Spa Resort – and Play Golf!
CDA might be known for its surrounding Alpine forests and proximity to Lake Coeur D’Alene. But the city is also home to some of the most exclusive resorts in North Idaho!
Among the best options for a pampering stay in CDA is the Coeur d’Alene Resort, which offers exclusive facilities such as a floating green, hot pools, and unparalleled first-row views over the Lake.
The resort also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a game of golf at the exclusive 18-hole, par-71 golf course – with the 14th hole located on the floating green! Alternatively, check-in in a local spa and enjoy a relaxing massage before shopping in downtown CDA.
Explore Coeur D’Alene National Forest
Many features make CDA such a unique location in Idaho – but one of the most prominent ones is the city’s location at the heart of the 2.5-million-acre Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
If your way to relax is to spend time in nature, a short drive away from the center of downtown CDA will take you to the heart of unspoiled woodland, where you can hike, walk, fish, and camp. For an even more exclusive stay, wooden rental cabins scattered across the forest make for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay.
Go Bird Watching, Fishing, or Cruising on Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Coeur d’Alene – one of the largest and most popular natural lakes in Idaho – offers tourists and residents endless opportunities for relaxation on the water’s edge.
From boating to sailing, fishing, walking, and bird-watching, the lake certainly offers something for everyone. Alternatively, book your spot on one of the guided daily cruises and enjoy views of the lake and CDA from an entirely new perspective!
Visit the Art Spirit Gallery
Located at the heart of downtown CDA, the 4,000sqft Art Spirit Gallery is an iconic fine art gallery that has been exhibiting works by local and regional artists since 1997.
If you are looking to spend a sophisticated evening discovering the artwork of artists with a unique voice and talent, make sure to pay a visit to this vibrant gallery.
Meet the Alpacas at Seven Stars Ranch
If you are looking for the best activities in Coeur d’Alene to enjoy with your whole family, you can’t miss out on a visit to the Seven Stars Alpacas Ranch.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of CDA’s idyllic hills and mountains, the Ranch offers self-guided and guided tours that allow you to discover the local natural area and meet its friendly residents, including alpacas, horses, chickens, llamas, goats, and even mini-donkeys!
Spend a Day With Your Family at McEuen Park
The newly renovated McEuen Park is an institution in CDA and the local hangout for families! Including plenty of picnic facilities, a promenade, cafes, a pavilion, and even a splash pad, McEuen Park is the city’s largest playground – perfect to spend time with your little ones.
If you are looking for a more adventurous, family-friendly activity, consider renting a bike and riding through the section of the North Idaho Centennial Trail that crosses the park!
End the Day With a Visit at Coeur D’Alene Cellars
With the famous Sunnyslope Wine Trail and over 65 wineries, Idaho is a great state for wine lovers. While CDA is not at the very center of the state’s wine country, it has its fair share of renowned and award-winning winemakers.
The one you should not miss out on is Coeur D’Alene Cellars. The family-run winery is famous for its Syrahs and Viogiens, and, with an internal bar, it makes for the perfect spot to end a relaxing day in CDA.
Kick Back With More Relaxing Things To Do in CDA
CDA is dotted with unlimited activities and locations to relax, kick back, and enjoy unspoiled nature. Stay tuned on Best of Coeur d’Alene to learn more about the best activities in CDA and Idaho.