Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

If you want what Barbara Walters considers “a little slice of heaven,” then consider Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.   Located thirty miles east of Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene is the biggest city in the Idaho panhandle with a population of 50,000.   It is also the county seat of Kootenai County.

Coeur d’Alene experiences a cooler climate with the average temperatures in Coeur d’Alene being 31 degrees Fahrenheit for the winter and only about 63 degrees Fahrenheit for the summer months.  Though the temperatures are little chilly, it still leaves plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.

There are many opportunities to get in touch with nature in Coeur d’Alene since the city borders the west side of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest.   There are many campgrounds and lakes to explore around the forest, and sparkling 30-mile-long Lake Coeur d’Alene is also  nearby.  If you are looking for a little more adventure in your retirement, Coeur d’Alene is home to two ski resorts.

The city is also known for its large, colorful Christmas light display. It is among the largest in the nation and has been featured on national television programs.  

If you want a friendly city with a great big backyard, then you should check out Coeur d’Alene.