The charming town of Sandpoint is nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. Once named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town”, Sandpoint is a premier tourist destination surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges and home to the award-winning Schweitzer Ski Area. Sandpoint has so much to explore. A thriving arts town that is home to about two dozen galleries, a local winery with award-winning wines from world-class vineyards and a local brewpub to sample local beer. The Cedar Street Bridge is an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown, home to the Public Market with a European feel of cafes, restaurants, cart vendors and shops. Enjoy live music at the weekly farmers market or catch a show downtown at the Panida Theater.
Lake Pend Oreille has 111 miles of pristine shoreline to explore. Stroll the sandy beaches, windsurf or kayak the waters or cast your line along the rocky shores. There are many hiking and biking trails around the lake as well as a 2 mile long bike path. Enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges on a sunset dinner cruise. Explore the rocky shores of Lake Pend Oreille on a drive on one of the Scenic Byways or the International Selkirk Loop along rivers, lakes and mountain trails to experience abundant wildlife and uncompromising beauty.
Just 12 miles from Sandpoint, Schweitzer Ski Area overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Pend Oreille. Enjoy fresh mountain air and beautiful views in this small resort town with some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest.
Explore the surrounding area with a trip to the Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park for a day of excitement. Visit the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge with hiking trails, viewpoints and waterfalls or head to one of the nearby State Parks (Farragut State Park, Round Lake State Park, Priest Lake State Park).
Sandpoint is a destination deserving of the title “Most Beautiful Small Town”.