Day Trips



Fishing on Lake Coeur d'Alene
Join experienced guides on their boat for a morning or afternoon of fishing. Depending on the season, catches could be chinook salmon, northern pike, cut throat trout, or land-locked sockeye salmon.
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Silver Mountain and Historic Wallace, Idaho
First visit Idaho's oldest building, the Cataldo Mission. Then, at Kellogg, ride 3,300 vertical feet in a gondola to the top of Silver Mountain. Dine at the Mountain Haus on top of the mountain. Then continue east to look around Wallace, an entire town that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don't miss the Bordello Museum there.

Trail Ride
Visit Rider Ranch, a family-owned and-operated cattle and timber ranch east of Coeur d'Alene, for a ride through pine-scented mountains.

Specialty Sandpoint
Take a scenic drive north of Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit the town's specialty shops. Tour a glass-blowing factory, and stop by the outlet store of Coldwater Creek, a catalog retailer that features nature-related gift items and clothing.

Laser Light Show at Grand Coulee Dam
Feast on western-style barbecued steak or ribs, then take in a spectacular laser light show at one of the world's largest dams, Grand Coulee, on the Columbia River. The show is narrated and accompanied by music.

Historic Palouse
Start with a tour of Joseph Barren's flour mill in Oakesdale, Wash., which was built in 1890 and is one of the last authentic old-time flour mill in the country. Then visit Steptoe Butte for sweeping views, Eat lunch in Pullman, home to Washington State university, then take the back roads to Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River. On your return, stop at spectacular Palouse Falls, where a waterfall seems to appear out of the prairie.

Mountain Biking in the Bitterroots
Travel into the Rocky Mountain for a mountain bike adventure that can range from the instructional level to challenging. Choices include an all-downhill ride along an old railroad grade that ends at silver mine; a ride into Montana, past old mines and through streams to a secluded lake; or up into the mountains to high alpine lakes and scenic ridges.

River Rafting on the Clark Fork River
Travel into Montana for an exciting whitewater rafting trip through spectacular scenery.

Fly Fishing in Montana
Fish for rainbow and cutthroat trout among beautiful scenery in the backwoods streams of Montana.

Centennial Trail
A scenic refuge stretching approximately 60 miles along the Spokane River from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene and beyond!

Shields Park Minnehaha Climbing Rocks
Close to downtown Spokane, and adjacent to the Centennial Trail and Spokane River.

Riverside State Park
Dramatic scenery in over 9587 acres of forest, cliffs, and rocks, along the Spokane and Little Spokane River – hiking, biking paths, equestrian trails, camping, whitewater paddling.

Little Spokane River Natural Area
Wildlife area covering over 1300 acres – hiking and padding area along with Native American painted rocks.

Dishman Hills Natural Area
Refuge five miles southeast of downtown Spokane, filled with plants, birds, butterfies, wildflowers; wonderful spring and fall hiking.

Liberty Lake County Park
Loop trail thru 3000 acre park, 15 miles east of Spokane; fishing, swimming, boating and camping.

Mount Spokane State Park
Year around recreation – hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and down hill skiing – 45 minutes from Spokane.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Located south of Spokane, the 16,000 acres is refuge for deer, elk, coyote, beaver, badger, muskrat, mink and bird migrations – hiking trail and car loop.

Williams Lake
Camping, RV sites and cabins, swimming and fishing in 125 ft. deep lake, SW of Spokane.

Fish Lake Trail
Bike trail on old rail bed for 23 miles round trip on paved and gravel surface, SW of Spokane

West Medical Lake
West of Spokane, public access on 235 acre lake

Sprague Lake
Year around favorite for fly fishing on nearly 1000 acre lake

Loon Lake
Resorts and public access on this 1120 acre lake north of Spokane; pines, firs and cedars surround the area.

Deer Lake
Close to the Colville National Forest, north of Spokane, the 1200 lake has tent and RV camping, teepees, hiking, and boating.

Eloika Lake
Public access and wonderful fishing, north of Spokane

Start of the Selkirk Look, this town is located on the shores of the Pend Oreille River, a north flowing river.

International Selkirk Loop
A 280-mile driving tour through WA, BC, and N ID; gorgeous scenery of lakes, glaciers, wildlife preserves and skiing.

Marshall Lake
Near Newport, this lake offers boating, cabins, biking, horseback riding fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, along with uncrowded conditions.

Diamond Lake
Year-around living north of Spokane, close to Newport; boat launch, cabins, fishing, swimming and family resort.

Jump Off Joe Lake
Spring-fed lake known for trout fishing north of Spokane; camping, boat launch, hiking, biking and boat rental.

Waitts Lake
Trout and pan-fishing, boating tent and RV camping north of Spokane.

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort
One of the West’s best small ski resorts with 1900 vertical feet of slope, north of Spokane.

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
North of Spokane near Colville, elk, deer, bear and a large variety of birds inhabit this 2200-6000 feet in elevation landscape.

Crystal Falls State Park
Hiking trails on the Pend Oreille River in the park of 156 acres, north of Spokane and east of Colville.

“Z” Canyon and Box Canyon are attractions on the jet boat ride on the Pend Oreille River; some tours of the dam are provided.

Sullivan Lake
20-trail hiking system leads into the Colville National Forest; this is winter feeding grounds for bighorn sheep, along with mountain goat viewing; camping, hiking, fishing and biking, with guided hikes in the spring.

Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area
Back country wilderness of approx. 40,000 acres in the Colville National Forest, with miles of hiking trails.

Gardner Cave
A fascinating tour into the 1,055 foot cavern with a Crawford State Park Ranger.

Colville and Kaniksu National Forests
Wilderness hiking and camping in bear countryside of over a millions acres of wilderness.

Sherman Pass
The highest pass in the state near Republic – 5575’ – hiking trails from the main road at the summit.

Curlew Lake State Park
NE of Republic, this former ancient Native American settlement is now a recreation area, with lakeside resorts, hiking, biking trails, boating, camping, and fishing.

This community NW of Spokane has a fascinating Interpretive Center and Fossil Site, with leaves, insects and fish impressions for centuries past.

Swan Lake
SW of Republic, this is a wetlands and camping area, with guided nature hikes in the spring.

Fort Spokane
The National Park Service Visitor Center is open daily May to September.  Park rangers dressed in 19th century costumes offer tours of the fort, a former U.S. Army post from 1880-1889.

Grand Coulee Dam
The Visitor Center offers tours year around; the dam is one of the world’s largest concrete structures – 5223’ long.

Lake Roosevelt
The largest lake in the Inland Northwest, with 81,1000 acres of lake surface and 600 miles of coastline; house-boating, fishing, water and jet skiing, sailing and camping are offered.  Lake was created when the Columbia River was dammed and the Grand Coulee Dame erected.

Banks Lake
West of Grand Coulee, the 27,000 acre lake offers fishing for walleye, bass, trout and perch, along with camping and beaches.

Steamboat Rock State Park
Twelve miles of biking, horse trails and hiking in the park on Banks Lake.

Sun Lakes State Park
Water activities, environmental learning center and year-around public and private camping, west of Spokane.

Lake Lenore Caves
South of Sun Lakes State Park, prehistoric, nomadic people once inhabited this area.

Dry Falls
Catastrophic floods 15,000 years ago, created what was once the world’s largest waterfall – spectacular views.  Visitor Center open May to September.

Blue Lake
South of Banks Lake, with fishing, swimming boat rental, camping and resorts.

Moses Lake Park
Popular swimming, boating and fishing in this lake of 247,000 surface acres of water; major bird migration area, along with region’s largest sand dune recreation area near the town of Moses Lake.

Potholes State Park
SW of Moses Lake, this 640 acre park with 6000 feet of shoreline has nature trails, fishing, cabins, boat rental and RV camping.

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
20,000 acres of scenic desert land in the  middle of the Channeled Scablands, formed by Ice Age floods, ice and volcanic eruptions.  This refuge is home over 100,000 birds each fall and is the winter resting ground of ducks and  geese. Over 50 lakes and ponds are part of this scenic countryside.

Othello’s Sandhill Crane Festival each spring celebrates the return of the birds; this is the gateway to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

Channeled Scablands
A moonscape of craters, basins, moats, dikes and rock walls, created by the Ice Age floods and lava flows; hiking and biking trails, along with Visitor Center.

Palouse Falls State Park
The Palouse River falls 198’ into a rock canyon; hiking trails, campsites, and picnic areas in the park.

Central Ferry State Park
SW of Colfax, this area has fishing, boating and bird watching

Lewiston and Clarkston
These two towns are the gateways to the Snake River/Hells Canyon recreation area.  Located in WA and ID, the area offers whitewater rafting, jet boating and tours of the deepest gorge in NA.

Steptoe Butte State Park
The windy high butte tops out at 1170’, in a pyramid shape, with amazing views of the Palouse wheat fields and ID mountains.

Q’emiln Riverside Park, Post Falls
A small nature preserve with loop trails; swimming, hiking and rock climbing.

Spirit Lake
Biking trails along a 7 mile loop along the north side of the lake; public access beach, resort and hiking; lake is a favorite with locals in the little town.

Lake Coeur d’Alene
25 mile long, Lake Coeur d’Alene features a world class resort, with para-sailing, jet skiing, boat rental, fishing, and golf on the world’s only floating green.

Tubbs Hill
An urban natural park along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, with hiking trails, and lake views.

Mineral Ridge
The eastern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene at Beauty Bay features a bald eagle feeding area in December; environmental education of the schools is enjoyed with this bird and wildlife viewing area.

Heyburn State Park
The first state park in the Pacific Northwest!!  The Heyburn Indian Cliffs hike rises 520’ with views and horse trails; camping, biking, hiking, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Lake Pend Oreille
The largest lake in ID is so deep that the US Navy maintains a submarine research and testing site here.  Resorts, trophy rainbow and mackinaw fishing, boating, camping along with gorgeous scenery!

Farragut State Park
On the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, the park includes camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Near Schweitzer Mountain Resort, this arts/railroad/lumber town is on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille.

Round Lake State Park
South of Sandpoint, this lovely park offers hiking, camping boating and wildlife viewing and fishing.

Priest River (the town)
An amazing area, called the Gateway to Priest Lake; boating, hiking, horseback riding, camping, swimming, hunting, fishing skiing, snowmobiling, huckleberry “summer” picking.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Stunning view of Lake Pend Oreille with 58 ski trails; hiking and biking in the summer; 90 minutes from Spokane

Priest lake and Priest Lake State Park
Year-round resorts, guided tours, hiking trails, cedar forests, winter sports – pristine and uncrowded.

Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars
Seventeen miles north of Priest Lake, this virgin forest has trees up to 150’ tall and 12’ in diameter.

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
2,772 acre refuge north of Sandpoint, near Bonners Ferry; during breeding and migration, ducks, geese and tundra swans number in the hundreds.  Deer, coyote, black bear, elk and moose are frequent visitors.

Long Canyon, Bonners Ferry
The longest uninterrupted trail network in the ID Selkirk Mountains!! Rugged multi-day hikes, several mountain lakes, stream crossings; grizzly bears in area.

Silver Country
1000 miles of hiking, biking, and snowmobile usage in the three-state recreation haven stretching across WA, ID, and MT.

Silver Mountain
A year round resort, with the world’s longest gondola ride taking you to the top of Silver Mountain – skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking.

Silver Mountain Ski Resort
Two mountains, served by a gondola; 6 lifts and 50 named trails.

Route of the Hiawatha Mountain Trail and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Two separate biking trails made from rail-bed-turned-bike-trail; stunning scenery!

North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River
Coeur d’Alene National Forest area with camping, scenic hiking trails and mountain biking.

Hobo Cedar Grove
Western red cedar grove of 240 acres, with hiking trails.

Lookout Pass Ski Resort
The first ski resort in the NW to see snow and the last to lose it!! Located on the ID/MT border with downhill, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.  The world’s longest half pipe is here!!

Western Montana
Mountain ranges of Cabinet and Bitterroot, with Kootenai National Forest land, provide camp grounds, hiking and biking trails, fishing, outfitters and ranches.

Photographs at the top of this page © Jeff Tetrick.

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