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.
- After living in the south for most of my life, I moved to Sandpoint 7 years ago. No regrets! The people are friendly, the town is GORGEOUS, there are tons of things to do outdoors, there are good restaurants..... just a fabulous place to visit and live.
- on August 16, 2013
- Sandpoint, Idaho, just 65 south of British Columbia, Canada, is nestled amongst the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains, and sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho's largest lake, and 5th deepest in the US. The scenery is stunning, the town is a cultural mecca, and the sporting activities too many to mention. The town may be small, but it is large in friendliness. Schweitzer Ski Resort beckons year round, and Lake Pend Oreille in the summer offers a myriad of fun activities--fishing, boating, cruises, waterskiing, sailing, diving, and so much more... I have lived here for 36 years, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.
- on August 15, 2013
- I was born and grew up in Sandpoint. It was a wonderful place in the 50's and you always were safe because everyone knew who you belonged to and who to report to if you were doing something wrong. I lived a block from town and a block from the city beach. My parents owned a motel and I had 42 pen pals from all over the world. I was there last weekend and it stirs my heart every time I see the lake, mountains, and changes. I love it as it was and love it as it is now.
- on July 8, 2013
- Sandpoint I'd deserves a much better rating it was rated as #1 small most beautiful town by Country living magazine sunset Magazine and more
- on July 1, 2013
- Sandpoint is a peaceful small town on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains. The lake is beautiful, uncrowded with a mostly undeveloped shoreline and perfect for a refreshing swim in the summer. Schweitzer Mountain is a cool escape from hot summers and in the winter, the skiing is fantastic with 3000 acres and gorgeous views of the lake below. The town itself has great restaurants, a winery, two breweries, art galleries and wine bars. It's a close-knit community.
- on September 17, 2012