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 traveled all over the United States (I have visited all 50 states) and over much of the world (20 countries on 5 continents). While I have found places as beautiful - but never more beautiful - I have never found a place where the people are as friendly. Parts of Alaska, Canada, Montana, Normandy, Germany and the Caribbean come close, but nothing quite matches the open arms, welcoming and eclectic people of Sandpoint.
Reviewed by Hawkins80
on May 15, 2012
We got hooked on the beauty and then the people sealed the deal! Friendly, helpful and caring people because they love where they live and it shows!
Reviewed by visitcenter
on May 15, 2012
It's always like a home away from home because of the friendly people. The servers at the restaurants make visiting a pleasure.
Reviewed by cjazzled
on May 15, 2012
Yes, Sandpoint is definitely friendly. Smiles, waves and "how are yous?" are common here, as well as offers from strangers to open doors or help carry something, or neighbors who plow snow for neighbors, etc. Sure, we might not see the sun as much as other folks, but we get warm radiation from friendly faces in Sandpoint all year long.
Reviewed by billiej
on May 15, 2012
The people in Sandpoint are very friendly.
Reviewed by mickeymahoney
on May 15, 2012
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