Sandpoint Idaho is a unique destination unto itself with something for just about everyone.

long-bridge-sandpoint-idahoTaking the most common route to Sandpoint is along highway 95 north. I like to call it the Sandpoint lake effect.

You see, when you travel along highway 95 north, the last big city you’re going to pass through is Coeur d’Alene Idaho, big enough to support big box stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy and such. Leaving Coeur d’Alene towards Sandpoint, you will pass by or drive through a few more small towns, some incorporated, some not incorporated on your way to Sandpoint. You will see a variety of creatively used landscapes private and public which you just don’t see anywhere else. Creativity abounds everywhere. Sagle Idaho is the last town you pass through heading to Sandpoint. This is where it gets surreal!

Welcome to Sandpoint, but first…. Sandpoint Idaho has a welcome for you like no other lake town. You don’t just drive into Sandpoint after driving through Sagle. Unlike other lake towns where your access to them is driving along the highway with the lake to your right or left, no! After all, this is Sandpoint, you drive “across” the lake.

Enter Lake Pend Oreille, the largest, deepest lake in the pacific northwest .This famous 2 mile “Long Bridge” stretches across the surene waves of Lake Pend Oreille. The Long Bridge is the fourth in it’s family. The first two are gone but the third bridge remains in tact right along next to the Long Bridge for pedestrian traffic and gets a lot of use! Yes that’s right, imagine the last two miles of your trip to Destination Sandpoint Idaho at Lake Pend Orville is over The Long Bridge.

I call it the lake affect, as you drive across the lake looking over the water and waves, you relax and feel a sense of ease. You get excited but in a calm way. It truly is the most amazing last two miles of your trip into Sandpoint. Looking to your right you see a long train trestle which you might get to see a train crossing over and from that distance it looks like the toy train sets you may have had when you were a kid. Looking straight ahead you see Schweitzer ski mountain beckoning you for a visit. As you near the end of the bridge the lake affect remains in your soul. The highway slows you to 25 mph and your welcomed by a sign that reads “Sandpoint is a walking town” which I take as a reminder to slow down and smell the roses. Next you’re guided through the downtown corridor of Sandpoint which is the main shopping district. You’ll definitely want to take the time to stop in and see all the creative wonderful offers of sandpoint and have a delicious bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and pubs.

Sandpoint is a bustling hub of diverse activities, from recreation and tourism. A vibrant art community of local handcrafted goods from paintings to furniture along with commercial large scale manufacturing which is a surprise to most. We have it all, and here at Sandpoint.tv it’s our pleasure to bring it all to you here in the video format to enjoy and find what your looking for!