Local Attractions In Couer d'Alene Idaho & The Surrounding Area
There is an overabundance of attractions in and around the city of Couer d'Alene Idaho, from unique food opportunities and wedding venues to historic museums and unique apparel and gift shops. Discover the delightful taste of the huckleberry. Come see the amazing Crystal Gold Mine. Enjoy Couer d'Alene's very own Summer Theatre. All this and more is located near American Country Bed and Breakfast.
- Northern Idaho Huckleberry Picking: One thing you won’t find here is where to pick…that is top secret and pickers don’t give away their locations. The first word here is caution: as this berry is a large part of a bear’s diet, not to mention deer and elk. If you are willing to get purple fingers, and a bit of exercise, the rewards are well worth it! From growing to gathering, to preparing and eating, you won’t be disappointed in the berry that is like blueberries on steroids.
- Kootenai County Farmers' Market: Looking for a homegrown taste of Coeur d'Alene? The market provides an ever changing array of fresh produce, beautiful cut flowers and the most wonderful handcrafted locally made treasures from a variety of artisans, not to mention the delicious tastes of freshly baked breads and cinnamon rolls. Open May 7, through October 15, Wednesdays 4-6 pm and Saturdays 8-1 pm. Corner of US Hwy 95 & Prairie, about a 20 minute drive from American Country B&B. Also open Wednesday on 5th & Sherman in downtown Coeur d’Alene. From 4-7pm. Open from May-October.
Weddings in Coeur d'Alene Idaho
- The Hitching Post The local's favorite for weddings! Of course summer isn't the only time for that wonderful event, but did you know that in Idaho a couple needs no witnesses or blood tests and there is no waiting period to get a marriage license. You must, however, be 18 or older (under 18 requires parental consent) and buy a marriage license at the Kootenai County Courthouse, 501 Government Way! You can always find a wonderful setting for your special event.
- Settler’s Creek: Settler’s Creek is our preferred wedding venue. It is a special event facility set on an authentic 100-year old historic farmstead, recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Dept. of Interior.
Museums and Historic Sites in Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Experience history as you visit any one of the many museums and historic sites in the area.
- Fort Sherman Powder House Museum. It's located on the North Idaho College campus. The exhibits depict life at the fort and smokejumper cabin.
- Museum of North Idaho The next stop, just 5 minutes away, is Coeur d' Alene's Museum of North Idaho, located at 115 Northwest Blvd. You'll see logging equipment, a blacksmith shop, old-time kitchen and forestry displays.
- The Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart You can visit the oldest standing building in Idaho by taking I-90 24 miles East of Coeur d' Alene, to Exit 39. The Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart was built between 1848 and 1853.
- Old Mission State Park Don't miss the Old Mission State Park Interpretive Center 208-682-3814
- Staff House Museum About 15 minutes further to the East you will find Kellogg and the Staff House Museum filled with mining displays and the history of the Bunker Hill Mine.
- Crystal Gold Mine Go underground and see the only authentic gold mine in the Northwest, dating back to the 1880's. Lost for nearly 100 years, it was rediscovered and rejuvenated in 1996. Feel like an early prospector while you pan for gold.
- Wallace District Continuing East is the Historic town of Wallace. This city's entire downtown area is listed in the register of historic sites. Don't miss the most unique museum, the Oasis Bordello, originally a hotel and saloon, it later became one of five area brothels in 1895. You will also find the Mining Museum and The Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum, or hop aboard the trolley for the Sierra Silver Mine Tour and if you have time, try to catch a show at the Sixth Street Melodrama.
Opera, Symphony and Theater in Coeur d'Alene Idaho
- Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre Established in 1967, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (CST) is Idaho's oldest performing arts organization. They specialize in production of full-scale Broadway musicals during a 12-week, 36-performance season during the months of June, July, and August. Performances are held in The Schuler Auditorium Performing Arts Center in the campus of North Idaho College by the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene in scenic Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
- Lake City Playhouse If you enjoy Opera, the Symphony or Community Theater, then visit the best of the Great Northwest right here in Coeur d’ Alene. Our very own Lake City Playhouse has provided the community with quality theatrical productions since 1961, with nine shows offered each season.
- Coeur d’ Alene Symphony offers superior musical entertainment starting each new season with an Autumn Classic followed by a Christmas Showcase and finally a family concert in January. The Regional Talent Extravaganza in March will feature the winners of the 2006 Young Artists Competition. The Season Finale is scheduled for May. In addition, the Chamber Orchestra provides several concerts throughout the year.
- Opera Plus Perhaps Opera is the cultural resource that you hope to peruse while here in the Northwest. Various shows run throughout the year.