“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood,
Sandpoint, ID – With the exception of Sun Valley, which is a famous resort we already covered in a previous article, you might be thinking that there’s really no reason to consider Idaho as a travel destination. Well…we’re sorry to have to tell you you’re kinda wrong. But that’s okay, because we, your travel maniacs at HopAmerica.com, felt the same way until we started to dig deeper and uncover everything Idaho has to offer. And that’s quite a lot, trust us. However, since we’re limited by time and space as always (darn it!), we’ll just go ahead and tell you about a cozy little small town called Sandpoint, ID, that provides an idyllic setting regardless of whether you’re passing through or are there to stay.
What’s The Best Thing About Sandpoint, ID, you ask?
The county seat of Bonner County, ID, Sandpoint is the largest city in the county with a population of just over 7,600. Economically speaking, the major contributors to Sandpoint’s budget encompass government services, recreation, tourism, light manufacturing and forest products. However, what many consider to be the best thing about this small town is the fact that it sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake with a length of 43 miles. And to complete the picturesque setting of Sandpoint, there are three major mountain ranges surrounding the place: the Bitterroot, Cabinet and Selkirk ranges.
We mentioned earlier on you were wrong to think Idaho is no fun; don’t sweat it, it was an honest mistake. In fact, we thought so too, until we learned that Sandpoint, ID is home to the Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which happens to be officially the largest ski resort in Idaho! Can you imagine the jaw-dropping that took place in HopAmerica.com’s HQ when we found that out? Yup, it was a sight to see. But, back to the beautiful Sandpoint, ID – considering everything aforementioned, it’s no surprise the place was named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” in 2011 by Rand McNally/USA Today.
What If You Were To Bring Your Kids Along, You Ask Again?
Now, since spring is almost upon us, we thought we’d give you a couple of ideas on how to spend your time in Sandpoint, since the town’s transitional season of regeneration offers both residents and visitors a plethora of invigorating outdoor activities that mix the emerging summer with the waning winter. This translates into a ton of unique opportunities, just one of which features spring skiing at Schweitzer that overlaps area golfing, meaning you’ll be getting the best of both worlds (seasons, that is).
So, if you’re adamant on bringing the little ones along, definitely don’t miss checking out Silverwood Theme Park, which is officially the largest theme park in the Northwest. That probably because it boasts more than 70 rides scattered across 200 acres, complete with attractions, shows and slides. Of course, a theme park wouldn’t be what Wikipedia says it is without a signature roller coaster, and Silverwood has the ultimate contender called Aftershock. Taking passengers through inverted loops and cobra rolls at 4.5Gs and at speeds of up to 65 MPH, Aftershock is a genuine 191-foot tall mammoth.
Did The Famous Sun Valley, ID, Finally Find Its Match?
Outdoor activities inevitably include biking and horseback riding, especially in a beautiful and vast part of the country such as Idaho. For example, the 3.7-mile Gold Hill Trail is one of the most popular for both mountain bikers and local hikers, and, depending on whether you ride it or hike up or down, it can be both strenuous and moderate. Other than these, other activities throughout the Sandpoint, ID, area include camping, visits to breweries and museums, lake activities and countless other ways to entertain both yourself and your family. So, how do we put this mildly? Ah, doesn’t matter, khm: take that, Sun Valley!