Sandpoint is an action-packed city set between Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk Mountains. The city combines astonishing natural beauty with a passion for art, music and culture. Shop, dine and browse galleries in the historic downtown core, relax on the gold-sand beach and ski at a world-class resort.
Things to do in Sandpoint
The Sandpoint Historic District occupies several blocks and is the heart and soul of the city. Handsome red-brick buildings house artisan coffee roasters, craft breweries and even an award-winning wine tasting room. Walk down to the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market to browse boutique shops and galleries.
Hit the slopes and tear up terrain parks at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, one of the top winter sports destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Discover more than 1,100 hectares of terrain, including a pair of enormous bowls.
Spring snowmelt transforms Schweitzer Mountain Resort into an outdoor playground. Explore 65 kilometres of downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails and enjoy 360-degree views from the Stewart's Loop hiking trail. On a clear day, you can see three U.S. states and Canada. The summer chairlift whisks you to the summit of Schweitzer Mountain, where you can play a round of disc golf and enjoy lunch at the summit café. If you’re lucky, you might spot deer, moose and bears on the ride up.
Swim, sunbathe and enjoy cinematic mountain views at Sandpoint City Beach Park. Set on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, it features a sandy beach patrolled by lifeguards in the summer. The grassy lakefront park is a great place to toss a ball and enjoy a picnic.
Getting around Sandpoint
Sandpoint is in northern Idaho, a 1.5-hour drive from Spokane. The city is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot and bicycle. Spokane International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.