Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway

Activities
Road Trips icon.
Region

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway traverses an area where the lakes, mountains, and beautiful summer weather have made it one of the most famous summer playgrounds and resort destinations in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bear and several bird species.

WEEKEND TRIPS
Resources
Harrison Chamber of Commerce

Things To Know

  • Location: Begins at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97 and follows Idaho 97 south and east along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Idaho 3.
  • Roadway: Idaho 97 is a two-lane, paved winding road with few passing lanes.
  • When to Visit: Throughout the year. Eagle watching is great in December and January between Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay.
  • Wildlife is expansive and diverse throughout the year, eagle watching at its peak in December and January. Summer attractions include camping, boating, water sports, cycling, bird watching, and fishing. During the fall you can enjoy the leaves changing colors along the lake.
  • Special Attractions: Lake Coeur d’Alene; Mineral Ridge Trail at Beauty Bay; Historic Harrison; Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge; and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes..
  • Length: 35.8 miles. Allow 1.5 hours. Allow more time to experience the outdoor side trips and Harrison's amenities.
  • Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).

Tips for Traveling in Idaho

There's so much to explore in Idaho, but where should you begin? Check out our weekly travel tips and start planning your next adventure.

5 Surprises From Our Family Vacation in Idaho
The Spring Break Family worked in partnership with Visit Idaho to create this Travel Tip. This summer, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Idaho for the first time.  Prior to our visit, all I’d heard was that they’re really good at growing potatoes.  But I’ve never found a destination to be more of a pleasant surprise than Idaho.  The […] Read More

A Road Tripper’s Guide to the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
Sara Sheehy worked in partnership with Visit Idaho to create this Travel Tip. Travel through some of the most expansive views in Idaho with a trip along the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway. This 140-mile route features a diverse landscape of towering mountains, sagebrush-filled high desert, winding streams and rivers, and a volcanic lava field that captures the imagination.  Peaks […] Read More

Four Days of Backpacking in Idaho’s White Clouds Wilderness
Elisabeth Brentano worked in partnership to create this Travel Tip. After biting off more than I could chew on a backpacking trip in the Cecil D. Andrus-White Cloud Wilderness in 2019, I wanted a tamer adventure when I returned. I found just that with the 21-mile trek to Big Boulder Lakes, which includes some off-trail hiking, but on stable ground […] Read More

How to Find 6 Amazing Waterfalls in Northern Idaho
Live A Wilder Life worked in partnership with Visit Idaho to create this Travel Tip. Northern Idaho is bursting with lakes, rivers, and creeks that beckon to the outdoor adventurer looking to spend time on or near the water. If you’re ready to find waterfalls, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and check out these six incredible waterfalls […] Read More

Accessible Wildlife Adventures near Boise
Syren Nagakyrie worked in partnership with Visit Idaho to create this Travel Tip. These three outings provide options for accessible wildlife viewing and birding opportunities within an hour of Boise. They are beautiful locations at any time of day, but the best time to visit is morning and evening when wildlife tends to be more active, which will also help […] Read More

More Travel Tips
Explore Now