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.

Sandpoint is a place that is beautiful in all seasons with the snow on the ski hill in the winter and the sun on the lake in the summer.
Reviewed by Cocolalla
on August 26, 2013
Moved up here from (SHHH!) Southern California 6 years's gorgeous, the people are warm and friendly and you can't ask for a better small town atmosphere with awesome restaurants! Will never leave!
Reviewed by mmmartino
on August 20, 2013
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.
Reviewed by jercor
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.
Reviewed by Linder
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.
Reviewed by Sclizer
on July 8, 2013
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