Coeur d’Alene Attractions and Activities

Here at Vacation Rental Authority, our passion for the Northwest goes far beyond our property management capabilities. We know Coeur d’Alene better than anyone else because this is where we have lived our entire lives. City Beach is where we learned how to swim as young kids, Sherman Ave is where we would meet our friends and family for a burger at Hudson’s. And on the boardwalk is where many of us took our prom pictures or wedding vows. After years of living and working in Coeur d’Alene, our love and enthusiasm for this area only grows. We want everyone to someday come experience our lakeside heaven. Although there are many features of Coeur d’Alene that draw visitors; including the world’s only floating green located on the 14th hole of the CDA golf course and the Tubbs Hill nature trails where you can always find someone hiking or cliff jumping, we believe that what makes Coeur d’Alene a true stand out are the hidden treasures that can be found around nearly every corner.

cdaskyviewCoeur d’Alene lake is a 50 square mile area of deep blue waters, murky lagoons and small bays. Surrounded by 125 miles of shoreline and towering mountain ranges, it’s not hard to see why many have called Coeur d’Alene the most beautiful lake in the U.S. The Northwest is an area of simple pleasures and remarkable landscapes. Growing up here creates a special kind of appreciation for nature and all its glories. Our team is invested in creating the same kind of experience for our guests that we have fallen in love with time and time again here in North Idaho. If you are looking for an area that holds hours of endless activities with a diverse amount of wildlife and an ever-changing landscape, Coeur d’Alene could be the perfect place for your summer vacation.


Lake Coeur d’Alene offers many activities that will interest vacationers of young and old. Hours of fishing await as salmon, trout and both large and small mouthed bass swim throughout the lake. Fall into a state of total relaxation as you quietly wait for a catch to rattle your line. One of the largest northern pike ever caught in Coeur d’Alene weighed 39 pounds! This record was recently beat, and you could be next! Take a kayak out and make your way through many of the small bays. Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most popular summer activities and offers quite a workout as well. During the summer the sun does not go down until 10:00, and watching the sun fall beyond the lake horizon is truly dazzling.


Coeur d’Alene hosts one of the most unusual hiking and mountain biking trails in the world. The Route of the Hiawatha is a long-abandoned railroad track which takes riders through a series of tunnels and across hundred-foot high wooden trestles. The longest of the tunnels is over 2 miles long and when you emerge on the other side you will be stunned by the incredible views that stretch deep into Montana. If you enjoy getting active and exploring new and exciting terrain, the route of the Hiawatha is a perfect activity for you.


Coeur d’Alene is special in the fact that no matter what season you visit, or what activities you enjoy, Coeur d’Alene has something for you. During the winter is perhaps one of the most incredible times to visit our area. With five ski resorts all within two hours of Coeur d’Alene, winter sports are one of the biggest industries here. Perhaps the most popular of these resorts is Schweitzer. With a summit elevation of around 6,400 ft and a 2,400 ft vertical drop, Schweitzer features impeccable views from all sides of the mountain. With runs for every skill level, Schweitzer is a snow lovers dream. The resort has nine chair lifts, which will take you to every one of the 92 ski-able runs and open bowls. 2,900 acres of terrain and over 300 inches of snowfall annually, make this resort one of the most popular ski and snowboard locations in the Northwest.


Two hours outside of Coeur d’Alene lies a smaller lake that is well worth the drive. Priest Lake is one of my favorite North Idaho camping destinations. 151 campsites across 755 acres surround the ice-blue water and jetting mountain ranges. Hidden throughout Priest Lake are it’s own incredible treasures. Waterfalls, gentle creeks, and small white-water rapids hold fun for all. Miles of beautiful hiking trails that overlook this breathtaking lake hold many hours of exploration and discovery. One of the most popular camp sites in all of Priest Lake is Lionshead. A natural water slide that has entertained campers for years awaits you here. The only cost to partake in this incredible feature is a mile-and-a half long hike that puts you at a perfect incline for the slide. During the middle of July, Priest Lake hosts its annual Huckleberry Festival, where pickers of young and old come to partake in the simple delicacy of natural grown fresh-picked huckleberries. During the festival, music, arts and boutique booths fill the area. This family friendly festival is a favorite year-after-year for travelers. Check out this short video done by the guys over at Rush Hour Productions, an inside look at the beautiful, serene landscape that Priest Lake offers.

The national forests surrounding Coeur d’Alene are incredibly magical and offer some of my favorite summer activities. Old growth forests, incredible waterfalls and spectacular views are only a few of the reasons to visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Wildlife and forestry of all sorts are abundant here, and you are sure to find something different every time you choose to get lost in the forest. Over 20% of the three forests that make up the Idaho Panhandle stretch into Washington and Montana, so the diversity is truly endless. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails offer a new adventure around every turn. You could easily spend a week backpacking in the Panhandle and not see everything here.

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Coeur d’Alene is an area that must be experienced to be explained. Whether you are looking for a family friendly vacation, a romantic getaway, an exciting ski and snowboard trip, or simply a lakefront paradise to swim, kayak, boat and just relax on the beach, Coeur d’Alene has it all. We are committed to making your vacation an experience that you will never forget. We create personalized vacation packages and are happy to plan events and activities for you that fit your needs. When you visit Coeur d’Alene, it will be easy to see why so many people have built such magnificent homes here, and why we want to share it with you.


Now that you’ve heard my take on what makes Coeur d’Alene an amazing vacation destination, I want to hear from you!

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4 Family Vacation Disounts

4 Family Vacation Discounts to make your vacation funner and easier.

A lot of us are used to the “do it yourself” methods to try and save money.  We try to fix our cars, plan our weddings and book vacations all on our own. Doing these things ourselves has proven to be an effective way to save money and if you are good at it everything works perfectly. It’s a good way to get great deals and there are a lot of online tools to help you “do it yourself”. Family vacation planning is now at your fingertips. boating on lake cda, cda vactions

However, there is a better way to plan your family vacation.  Businesses are adapting to the high standards and high levels of service demanded by customers of today. They are also responding the the savvy “do it yourselfer”. Free services are now available to customers who are planning their own weddings and vacations. Not only can this help you find the perfect vacation deal, these high service businesses can save you a lot of money, time and frustration.

  • FREE Vacation Rental Shopping

Vacation Rental Authority (VRA) offers such a services and has many options for your vacation that are free or at discount rates.   VRA offers free booking services for vacation rentals as well as extensive shopping assistance for online shoppers. Just pick up the phone and call them at 800-679-3661 or email By providing your specific needs to Vacation Rental Authority they can send you information on several homes that fit your vacation rental needs.

  • Coeur d’Alene Vacation Packages

If you are looking for vacation packages just ask. Vacation Rental Authority works hand in hand with many local attractions and tour operators. Their efforts allow guests to package rafting trips, fishing guides, boat rentals, catering, event planning and so much more with your vacation rental. Not only that, but VRA can offer you a discounted rate on many of those activities you plan to do. With wholesale pricing, VRA can offer great prices on all those fun events and attractions. VRA can add a boat at the lowest rates available in the Coeur d’Alene area on new Jet Skis, Ski boats and Pontoon boats. Canoes and kayaks are also available. Just ask Vacation Rental Authority to package your vacation rental with tickets, catering or rentals that fit your specific needs and watch the savings add up.

  • Discount Silverwood Tickets

If you are planning on a visit to the Northwests largest theme park, Silverwood tickets are available at a discount for all guests of Vacation Rental Authority.  When you book vacation property management, property management, vacation rentals, coeur dalene vacation rentals. cda vacationsyour family vacation rental with Vacation Rental Authority you will receive $5 off each ticket. You can save a bundle.

  • FREE Maps and travel guides

If you are visiting Coeur d’Alene for the first time or planning a return trip or family vacation, it is always wise to speak with a local to find the best places to visit. Vacation Rental Authority offers free maps and a free Coeur d’Alene Travel Guide so you can see exactly where to dine, shop, hike, rent boats, go swimming or book a tour.

You may not even know some of the most popular event and attractions. Request a Vacation rentals cda, horseback riding, horseback riding cda,map and travel guide from VRA early in you planning stages and you will have plenty of time to pour over the information and see just how fun Coeur d’Alene can be.

It’s time that smart shoppers take advantage of these FREE vacation deals and use the services that businesses like Vacation Rental Authority are offering.  These services can make your vacation planning so much easier and save a lot of money. What a great way to do business and find everything you want in your next vacation. High service and no cost equals one heck of a deal and leaves the whole process in your hands. Perfect for the “do it yourselfer”.

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Family Vacation Planning

Family Vacations are coming

It’s time to start planning your family vacation and like always you are wise enough to start early. Right?  Getting an early start is important.  Most resort destination fill up early, up to a year in advance. Starting late does not mean you are out of luck but it does mean that many of the prime properties are at least partially booked, limiting your choice of arrival dates.

Searching for a destination for a family vacation is also very challenging.  What criteria are you most interested in, price, location, amenities, quality or all of the above.  Choosing a location is really up to you, but your decision may be limited by your exposure to advertising.  Don’t be afraid to search for beautiful destinations for a family vacation outside of the norm and they may even be closer to home. Not only can you find 5 star destinations close in but you can save days of vacation time by reducing your travel time.

Shop for local destinations, within 500 miles or within a single day of airline travel time. Look for high quality, cost effective locations with 5 star amenities.  Ask a local booking agent about attractions and activities, you may be surprised with what you find.

Once you have found a nearby destination with 5 star properties and attractions the whole family will love, check on prices.  Run the numbers for travel, lodging and tickets to the local activities.  Add in more for dining and equipment rentals so you are considering all the fun of a vacation.  Don’t forget to plan shopping trips and purchasing souvenirs.

Once your pricing is complete take a close look at your schedule and notice how much extra time you will have for your vacation.  Your travel time is reduced your costs are much, much lower and your 5 star vacation will be packed with fun, activities, dining and shopping, all within budget and over a longer time to enjoy your family.

Coeur d’Alene Idaho is a 5 star family vacation destination.  CDA offers unparalleled scenic beauty, dining options that rival large cities, stunning waterfront homes, great resort area, the northwest’s largest amusement park and prices that make a vacation so affordable you don’t have to choose just a few activities.

Local destinations do not disapoint.  By haveing more time to spend with family and more money available to pruchase extras you can make a family vacation a wonderful event for each member of your family.  To learn more about a family vacation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho please click on the button below and request your personal shopper.

Vacation Rental Authority is here to help you find everything you need for your family vacation at no added cost to you. Let Robert or Cheryl help you find the 5 star fun you are looking for.

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