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 wonderful small town between the shores of lake pend oreille and the ski slopes of schweitzer resort. it's a great place to slow down and relax.
Reviewed by deborrahk
on September 17, 2012
This is a terrific place for families to visit - especially if you love the outdoors. It is exciting to see the wildlife: mountain goats, elk, moose, bald eagles and ospreys. Great place for "destination weddings" because of the nice people who provide services and beautiful backdrops for photography.
Reviewed by lauramacs
on September 17, 2012
Sandpoint is a beautiful place to visit and there are a ton of activities to do during your visit
Reviewed by jbaker4470
on September 17, 2012
The mountains, the lake, the shopping and the wonderful people....really no need to go anywhere else with all the conveniences right here!
Reviewed by lizzyred10
on September 17, 2012
I had difficulty picking a category. For fun, the combination of all-season sports and a thriving arts and theatre community place Sandpoint on the top of the list for anyone breathing. Speaking of breathing - pure mountain air scented with pines and lake water. Divine. And it's also a contender for "friendliest". Everyone waves at anyone who drives by, no one ever honks their horn, the workforce is a delight to work with. And their food? This town is a walking restaurant. It's gorgeous, nestled next to Lake Pend Oreille and the mountains. Great for raising a family or retiring, and a highly contested settling place for all the ages inbetween. I started a theatre production group here, and I'm happier than I've ever been in my life. Sandpoint Onstage honors the ridiculously gifted and prolific artistic community here. Playwrights, actors, artists - it's fabulous.
Reviewed by teresapesce
on September 17, 2012
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