Sandpoint, Idaho, is a folksy arts-oriented community on the north shore of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pon-duh-RAY). Located 305 mi/490 km north of Boise, Sandpoint is a center for watersports (fishing, swimming, sailing, boating) and mountain activities (hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding). The Hidden Lakes Country Club has an 18-hole golf course along the lake.

Sandpoint's many crafts, specialty shops and restaurants offer a reprieve from the more strenuous activities. Don't miss the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market—a downtown bridge that's been converted into a funky, solar-heated mall. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, a ski resort with 55 runs, is nearby.

The Festival at Sandpoint is a summer-long outdoor concert series featuring classical, ragtime, pop and jazz music, with top-name acts such as B.B. King (July-September). The Sandpoint Winter Carnival (late January) features a parade, snow sculptures, snowshoe softball and cross-country- and telemark-skiing races.

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