The Greater Sandpoint Area offers diversity in its communities as well as in its opportunities. The topography is as diverse as its people. From mountain tops, lakeside cabins and island summer cottages there’s a chance to experience it all.
Lake Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake in the United States and is noted as one of the Ice Age designated locations to view the changes created during the Great Missoula Floods. We have huckleberry festivals and picking, blueberry farms, experimental forest tours, lumber mill tours and museums allowing a glimpse into the historical significance and importance of the railroads to our nation. Sandpoint is the only Amtrak stop in Idaho and home to the famous train funnel where you can see freight trains delivering the demands of big cities.
Downtown Sandpoint is rich with historical landmarks like the Panida Theater and the Cedar Street Bridge which has the distinction of being the only marketplace on a bridge in the US. While many of the interiors of our building have changed most of the building facades are like they were in the early 1900’s. The shopping is one of a kind and the restaurants are worth a return visit. Art lovers will find many murals, art galleries, classes and studio tours to fill their time.
Sandpoint is a walking town, one of the few places that encourage you to walk, ride a bike or bring your canine companion to town. In fact, local businesses in conjunction with the animal shelter, host social hours for patrons and pets. We even have a beach just for dogs! Within 5 minutes of entering downtown, we have 3 walking/biking trails. Our city beach is brimming with activity and is conveniently located just across Sand Creek from our Downtown Shopping District.
Sandpoint is the perfect location to begin a bike ride or scenic drive. The International Selkirk Loop begins here as well as the Lake Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway and the Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage Scenic Byway. With each roadway distraction you discover one more reason why Sandpoint is the Most Beautiful Small Town in America.