Priest Lake, ID, USA

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Priest Lake, ID, USA

Priest Lake vacation rentals

Soak up the scenery in Priest Lake

Bring your walking boots _ Priest Lake's array of hiking trails means you're going to need them. You'll be spoiled for choice but if you only have time for one trek, head to Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars. It's a bit of a drive but the feel of the spray from the waterfalls amid the grandeur of the surrounding cedar trees makes it worthwhile. Prefer to soak up the scenery from the seat of a mountain bike? A reasonably strenuous 3-mile climb up Plowboy Mountain is soon forgotten as you feel the wind hitting your face on your way back down.

Discover historic attractions in Priest Lake

Part of the appeal of Priest Lake vacation rentals is that they offer a great base from which to explore the quaint spots that line the shoreline. The Priest Lake Museum, which looks at life in the area in the 1930s, is a great place to start. Travel even further into Priest Lake's history by heading to the Vinther-Nelson Cabin on the east side of Eightmile Island. This cabin, accessible only by boat, dates to 1897. A National Historic Site, it is perhaps Priest Lake's best-known historical landmark. Both attractions open regularly during the summer months.

Priest Lake is sensational in all seasons

Priest Lake vacation rentals are a year-round option although the usually perfect weather over the summer means that temperatures in July and August will often soar past 80 degrees. These glorious summer months are also the perfect time to hunt for huckleberries around Lamb Creek Road. Spring is a great time to hike through the lush surrounding landscape while fall brings with it clear night skies and awe-inspiring views of the northern lights. Heavy snow in winter entices the snowmobiling crowd, keen to take on the area's powder bowls and more than 400 miles of groomed trails.

Explore mountains, beaches, and state parks in Priest Lake

While the jewel in the crown here is the 19-mile long Priest Lake, that expanse of sparkling water means you can also explore some 80 miles of shoreline, much of which is made up of sandy beaches. The town is cradled by the Selkirk Mountains where the alpine Hunt and Standard Lakes present an idyllic fishing spot in the warmer months and winter sees skiers and snowboarders tearing up miles of crisp white slopes. Wildlife enthusiasts can head to Priest Lake State Park to catch a glimpse of black bears, moose, and whitetail deer.