This northwest Idaho town on Lake Coeur d’Alene is just about 40 minutes from Spokane, Washington, but it’s worlds away from city living. Although Lake Coeur d’Alene is the undisputed star lake in the area, there are more than 55 lakes within driving distance of the town, according to the Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Aquaphiles can enjoy boating, paddle boarding and other water sports on the lake, but if you don’t have equipment, don’t worry. Book a scenic 90-minute cruise where you can sit back and admire the wildlife (and the lakefront homes).
For a quirky detour from the lake, visit Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch, just 15 minutes from Coeur d’Alene. Run by a couple that originally hails from Alaska, the ranch gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with alpacas on guided tours.