Iím planning a trip from Saskatchewan, Canada to a resort in Blanchard, northern Idaho at the end of August. We (me, my mom, maybe also my uncle and his girlfriend) will be staying there for one week. Iíve been to Coeur díAlene a couple of times before, but that was back when I was a kid. So Iíd like to get some suggestions as to what to do while Iím in the area. I know not many people might think of Idaho as a tourist destination, but I kind of like those little out-of-the-way places, so any advice is welcome!
I like to hike, and this being near the Rocky Mountains, I am sure there must be some hiking trails around. Weíd prefer easy to moderate hikes, up to 3 hours in length. Any trails to recommend?
Going to the beach is another option. Iíve been to the beach near Coeur díAlene, and we might make a return trip there. Iím also looking at Lake Pend Oreille though.
Weíll be golfing a couple of rounds too. Thereís a golf course next to the resort, so I guess thatís covered. Oh, and maybe also a trip to the Silverwood amusement park.
Most of our planned outings seem to be rather weather-dependent, so are there any recommendations as to places to visit if itís cool or rainy? Maybe some museums or some such?
Weíll be driving the quick way to the resort (through Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta) but Iíd like to go through Montana on the way back. If the weather is good, Iím thinking of taking Hwy 200 to Trout Creek, and then taking Vermilion River Road and Silver Butte Road up to US 2. Is this a decent enough route for a Pontiac Vibe, or would we be better advised to stick to pavement?
Thanks in advance for any information that could help us!