Photos are provided courtesy of Idaho Tourism.
Idaho’s mountainous panhandle is a haven of beauty, history and adventure. The Lewis and Clark Trail makes its way through the Bitterroot Range; an impressive sea of peaks that are part of the Northern Rockies. This vast wilderness area extends to the Canadian border, providing an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The area features dense forests and three of the largest and most spectacular lakes in Idaho: Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, and Priest Lake.
The community of Coeur d’Alene is perched at the tip of the lake that shares its name, and is the region’s largest community. This vibrant resort town offers a wide range of activities including world class golf, water skiing and fly fishing. Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest and deepest lake, extends further north surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. Priest Lake, tucked within the Selkirk Range, provides an ideal retreat for a remote getaway.
The Palouse country of the lower panhandle is the home of the Nez Perce or Nimi'ipuu Indian Nation. Wheat and barley fields roll across foothills and create seasonal, amber landscapes. Nimi'ipuu legend describes that the earth was created here, near where Kamiah is today. The Nimi'ipuu developed the Appaloosa horse, and actively maintain the integrity of the breed today.
Further south, the Seven Devils Mountains gaze over North America’s deepest river gorge at Hells Canyon. A staggering 7,900 feet exceeds the deepest part of the Grand Canyon by over a third of a mile. Here the Snake River separates Idaho from Oregon for 70 miles. A multitude of alpine lakes make this an ideal backdrop for backpacking, horseback riding and white water rafting expeditions.