Sandpoint, Idaho


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

210 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
43 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
11 Votes - "Friendliest"
3 Votes - "Best For Food"
3 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Sandpoint, ID has an overwhelming view from the Long Bridge into town with Schweitzer Mountains creating the backdrop and Lake Pend Oreille perfectly supplementing the setting. A 43-mile long, glaciated body of water, Pend Oreille, is the fifth deepest lake in the U.S. with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the community of Sandpoint’s high ranking as a premier tourist destination. Visitors can take a ski lift up 6,800 feet for the majestic view or try a boat cruise down below.

The area offers plenty of outdoor activities from skiing and boating to biking or hiking. Attractions include the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market, Silverwood Theme Park, Boulder Beach Waterpark, and Farrugat State Park. Visitors can also enjoy the Bonner County Museum or the Panida Theater.

For avid golfers, Sandpoint is an ideal destination. Sandpoint and the surrounding area boast numerous courses and a wide range of course options. Nearby hotels offer affordable “stay and play” packages.

I have lived in Sandpoint for 18 years now. It's HOME. Located just 60 miles from the BC Canada border, we enjoy a climate more similar to the Pacific NW than the high and dry Rockies of Southern Idaho, without the drizzle of the Pac NW. A true 4 season climate. Driving the 2 miles across Lake Pend Oreille on the Long Bridge, one is captivated by the beauty of this place... Just the drive across and into downtown , backed by the ski resort is amazing! There really is no town in the West or the country for that matter that has what we have... Hiking, GREAT skiing, fun on one of the deepest lakes in the US, a wonderful growing climate if you are a gardener, a thriving arts scene, farmer's markets, festivals...heck I could go on and on... I guess one must come and see for one's self!
Reviewed by Mtnguys
on September 17, 2012
Snowcapped mountain, pristine lake, small enough to be friendly, large enough to have cultural empact, private enough to be left alone, warm enough to enjoy your neighbors, enough restaurants to satisfy every taste, amazing sunsets, public parks for every sport, parents that care about children's education, shusssss, lets keep it a secret a little bit longer.
Reviewed by AmberSnoddy
on September 17, 2012
The lake, the mountains, the beautiful downtown area. Nothing like it in the world.
Reviewed by hukle
on September 17, 2012
Artsy, Down to Earth, Casual yet refinined. Great people.
Reviewed by pfulton
on September 17, 2012
The first time we drove over the Long Bridge into Sandpoint will be a memory forever. It didn't take long to know that we had found the retirement haven we had been searching for. The beauty of the lake, mountains, trees and sky are impossible to describe. We love how the drivers on the back roads lift their hand just a little bit from their steering wheel and nod to say hello as you pass. It's the kind of place where people stop to make sure you're ok, even though you probably just pulled over to take a picture of something pretty. Sandpoint is our perfect place.
Reviewed by RR
on September 17, 2012
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