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Friendly Coeur d’Alene beckons visitors

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Photo by Julia Hart

Public art, like this stainless steel dandelion seed pod, can be found on nearly every corner in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

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Photo by Julia Hart

The lake side city park incorporates a series of steps inviting residents and visitors to enjoy Lake Coeur d’Alene on warm summer days. The lake is fed by fresh water from Coeur d’Alene River and Saint Joe River. The park, which runs for miles on the north shore of the lake, features many opportunities to enjoy the inland water attraction.

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A visit to Coeur d’Alene wouldn’t be complete without a 90-minute cruise around the beautiful lake for which the town is named. The tour includes a short local history lesson as well as a brief look at many of the area’s recreational attractions, such as water sports, hiking and golf on some beautiful lakefront courses.

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Utilities boxes are also treated as public art at nearly every corner. Each is covered with colorfully painted murals depicting the history of Northern Idaho.

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The cruise around 25-mile long Lake Coeur d’Alene includes a shoreline look at how the “other half” lives. Palatial homes, such as this one, dot most of the south shore of the lake.

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A cyclist-friendly community, Coeur d’Alene supplies bicyclists with a variety of artsy bike racks, like this serpentine bike chain. The attractive racks are an homage to the city’s efforts to promote a cyclizing culture as well as bike safety.

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Vintage style lamp poles adorned with colorful blossoms line the streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene, a popular resort town in Northern Idaho.

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