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Idaho Panhandle

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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When the glaciers of the last great ice age melted, they left a wonderland of lakes, mountains, rivers and valleys across North America. Lush evergreens sprouted up on the mountains and summer sunshine warmed the waters. Modern man came along and added a few theme parks, a brewery and a stunning lakeside luxury resort and spa. Okay, now I’m enticed and eager to explore. I pack my family up and head off on a good old-fashioned road trip to the Idaho Panhandle.

THE IDAHO PANHANDLE
The Idaho Panhandle offers a rich diversity of family fun with abundant outdoor activities, from world-class water parks and theme parks, spectacular lakes and mountains to first-class resort hotels and spas.

A family vacation is always an exciting idea, but slightly terrifying at the same time. The start of our trip involved taking two connecting flights with our one year-old son. Would he cry the entire time? Would fellow passengers hate us? Would I have to buy drinks for every passenger on the plane? Turns out our son was a champ and I was able to save my drinking funds for my husband and me.

Surprisingly, the entire airplane was filled with families with kids of all ages. We made friends and we shared Cheerios. I was so relieved I wanted to hug the other parents. And Alaska Airlines gets a huge high-five for being so helpful. They offer family pre-boarding, they don’t charge for strollers and they even shuffled another passenger so we could have more room in our row. We were off to a good start.

We flew into Spokane International Airport, rented a car and drove about 30 miles to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

TRIPLE PLAY FAMILY FUN PARK
Our first stop was the Triple Play Family Fun Park, which includes a go-cart track, a 20-lane bowling alley, a miniature golf course and its flagship attraction — a 25,000 square-foot indoor water park called Raptor Reef. The water park features a wave pool and children’s lagoon along with waterslides, water guns and a huge tipping bucket that kids seemed to be insanely attracted to. There’s also a family arcade where guests can test their ability on the nine-hole miniature golf course, suit up for a galactic game of laser tag, or try to reach the top of the rock-climbing wall. Day passes run between $15 and $115, depending upon how many attractions you want to include.