From meeting new people to experiencing new sights, sounds, and smells – is there anything more exciting or rejuvenating than a break from the day-to-day mundanity? Traveling is an excellent way to immerse yourself in a new culture, setting, or way-of-life, but the best part is this: you don’t have to venture far from home to enjoy what this world has to offer.
Whether your journey takes you across your own city, to an unexplored part of your state, or even to the other side of the world, there’s no doubt you will still learn a lot about your surroundings – and yourself – along the way.
While the culture an hour away from your home might not be drastically different from what you’re used to, you can still gain a deepened sense of appreciation for where you’ve laid your roots. Plus, traveling locally has a lot of benefits:
More cost-effective. Local travel is certainly a budget-friendly way to explore! Many activities and parks are free or have a low cost of entry. For day trips, you can also pack your own meals to save.
Eco-friendly way to travel. Travel is hard on the environment, but putzing around your area is more sustainable than air travel.
Quick trips. Getting out locally means you can do it more often! Long weekend trips are a lot easier to take when the destination is a short drive away.
Easy to plan. Preparing your itinerary for a local getaway will likely save you some time and stress.
More convenient. Especially if you have little ones, sticking close to home may be much more convenient than far-off destinations. If you forget something, have an emergency, or need to cut the trip short, being closeby definitely has its benefits.
Post Falls is a city located in Kootenai County in Idaho. It has a small town feel, yet is home to plenty of attractions and amenities, including museums, art galleries, restaurants, breweries, boutiques, and more.
It’s known as an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, as the city is surrounded by multiple state and national parks, all of which offer exciting recreational activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and water sports.
Even those who have lived in the city for a decade would agree they haven’t experienced all that Post Falls has to offer, while for those new to the region – well, they’ve got a lot to look forward to as well.
Ready to discover the best of Post Falls, Idaho? Let’s get started!
*Note: Some of the suggestions may not be doable due to coronavirus closures, but keep this list handy for when things start opening back up more! Be sure to check individual pages for specific operation details.
Post Falls isn’t all hustle and bustle! There are also plenty of state parks and national parks both within and surrounding the area, all of which provide a tranquil escape for those looking to surround themselves by nature.
Just a 45-minute drive over the Washington border will take you to Riverside State Park, a scenic recreational area offering everything from mountain biking to horseback riding, rock climbing and hiking. There are over 55 miles of trails, as well as a river and lake offering paddlesports, boating, and fishing. In fact, there’s nearly 200,000 feet of shoreline, making it perfect for all outdoor lovers. Don’t miss the famous suspension bridge, while you’re there!
Another nearby state park is the Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park, which is just a 20-minute drive from the city. Here, you can soak-up the half-mile long stretch of beach or enjoy activities such as cycling, hiking, boating, and picnicking. It’s an incredibly scenic region, offering tree-lined shoreline and sparkling blue water. Don’t miss it!
Mount Spokane State Park is another recreational area located over the Washington border, but at just over an hour’s drive, it’s well worth the trip. You see, it’s one of Washington’s largest state parks and has 100 miles of trails in the richly forested Selkirk Mountain. With a wide range of summer and winter activities, it’s suited to all types of weather and even offers eight first-come-first-served campsites if you wish to stay the night.
Farragut State Park is a 4,000-acre park that was once a World War II-era naval training station. It’s located on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of northern Idaho and is a popular camping spot within the region. Check out the educational Visitor Center, or enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, disc golf, and equestrian facilities.
Still need to get your nature fix? If you’re craving seeing even more of the beautiful scenery that surrounds Post Falls, then there are also plenty of hiking and walking trails for you and your family to enjoy.
The Old Wagon Loop to Spokane River is one of the most popular hikes within the region, as it offers beautiful water views and a hike that’s both easy and challenging in certain parts. While the hike itself is recommended by plenty of locals, keep in mind that the trail isn’t clearly marked, so you should come prepared with a printed map or trail app. It’s 3.5 kilometers in length and best used from April until September.
The Upper Falls Community Forest trail is another great option for hikers. It’s a 5.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail that offers stunning views of a waterfall, not to mention beautiful forest scenery. It’s family-friendly too, so don’t be afraid to bring the kids or even Fido – as long as your four-legged friend remains on a leash.
Also rated ‘moderate’ in terms of difficulty is the nearby Upper Falls Loop, which is 4.7 kilometers in length. It’s best used from April until October but does offer plenty of activities, including fishing at the river, as well as showshoeing, bird watching, and running. The trail is well-marked and even has beautiful wildflowers along the way.
Post Falls is home to a bustling and trendy dining scene, so there’s sure to be a restaurant, café, or diner to satisfy your cravings. If you’ve worked up an appetite after a long hike, or simply feel like treating yourself to a delicacy, then you’re in luck. Here are our top restaurant recommendations!
Wondering why Republic Kitchen + Taphouse is so popular? Not only is it situated within a converted 1910 Post Falls home on the National Historic Registry with a spacious, garden-framed deck, but it also offers food and beverages like no other! Stop by on Mondays for $2 microbew or enjoy a game of trivia on Tuesday night. We hear the popcorn cauliflower is great, as is the republic mac and cheese, twice-fried chicken sandwich, and chickpea burger.
Fancy some comforting Old European food to get you through your day? Look no further than The Old European Restaurant, which offers signature dishes such as Swedish crepes, Austrian coffee, Danish Aebleskivers, cream cheese cinnamon rolls, and so much more! Trust us – you just won’t find food like it anywhere else!
For a mouth-watering selection of fresh sushi, Teppanyaki style meals, and fine Japanese cuisine, Fu-Ki Post Falls should be on your list of restaurants within Post Falls to try. They offer all of the traditional Japanese menu items you’ve come to love, but if you feel like trying something different, why not watch the skilled Teppanyaki chefs prepare the food in front of your very own eyes? You’ll even get to interact with them during this entertaining display!
Capone’s Pub & Grill offers “the best takeout you can get”, according to their slogan. If hanging out with friends, watching games, and having a good drink with a great meal is right up your alley, then you’re in luck. Capone’s is frequently awarded the “Best of” across multiple categories, so you’ll have to come here to see why. With menu items such as burgers, pizzas, soups, salads, and more – there’s so much to love about this joint.
The White House Grill offers you a taste of the Mediterranean, complete with Ouzo and loads of garlic (the good kind), of course! Enjoy Meze such as calamari, fried lamb meatballs, and deep fried feta, as well as delicious mains including a mixed grill, chicken fettuccine, and Souvlaki. Does it get any better than that?
After feasting and enjoying all that the hiking trails and state parks have to offer, you may be wondering: “what next?” Well, when it comes to Post Falls’s attractions and activities, you’re only just getting started. Here are some of the most fun things on offer in and around the city!
Looking to entertain some little ones? Or perhaps you’ve got some teenagers in-tow who are starting to get a little bored? Either way, these attractions will entertain both children, teens, and adults alike!
For all of your racing action within Post Falls, don’t miss a visit to the Stateline Speedway. You’ll find raised grandstands which allow everyone to enjoy the action, as well as two beer gardens onsite. There are classes on offer for those looking to experience the fun first-hand, as well as a lengthy schedule of heart-stopping shows. Kids and adults alike will love it here!
Tullamore Park stretches across 8.3 acres and offers an impressive array of facilities for a day with the family, including flush restrooms, two large reservable picnic shelters, large amphitheater area, splash pad, children’s playground, basketball court, 3 pickleball courts, concrete cornhole boards, open lawn areas, walking path, and benches. Pack a picnic lunch, set up under the shade, and enjoy as many hours here as you want!
What should you do in Post Falls once the sun goes down? We’re glad you asked! Here are our suggested night-time attractions.
Frontier Ice Arena is known for its many opportunities for skating, hockey, curling, parties, and hockey tournament play for people of all ages. Programs include public skate, youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skating, learn to skate classes, birthday parties, group outings, curling, broomball and sled hockey, with many of these classes or events occurring in the evenings. It’s a whole lot of fun!
At the popular V Sports Arena, you’ll find everything from virtual reality, laser tag and dart tag, to old school arcade games, pool tables, board games, and more! Prices start at just a few dollars per person too, so not only is it a great night time activity, but it’s perfect for those looking to have fun on a budget too.
What can you do in or around Post Falls that won’t cost anything more than a few dollars? The answer: plenty! Here are just two of our favorite attractions within the area that can be enjoyed on the cheap.
If you’re looking for something cheap, entertaining, and educational, why not spend some time at the Post Falls Historical Society? It’s located at 101 E. 4th St. in Post Falls, on the corner of Spokane Street and 4th, and costs just $1 - $2 for admission. Along with a museum, they also offer regular events, as well as a Post Falls History Walk. It’s a great way to learn more about your surrounding area!
The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center is a gathering place for the arts, hosting concerts, art exhibits, plays, workshops, culinary classes and more. With its historic church architecture, the center is also a beautiful building to marvel at – when you’re not enjoying what it has to offer on the inside, of course!
Looking to get the most out of your time spent within the city of Post Falls? Whether you want a fun way to waste away a Sunday afternoon or a date idea that won’t break the budget – here are our most recommended things to do in Post Falls that won’t cost you a cent.
No time spent in Post Falls is complete without visiting The Falls and Avista Dam. Springtime is one of the best times to visit the Falls, the water is roaring with runoff from the mountains and Coeur d’ Alene Lake. During the Winter months, the Falls capture the beauty of snow and ice in nature. It’s also the site of Falls Park and features plenty of observation decks open to the public.
Known as a local favorite, Q’emiln Park is located south of the Spokane River and covers 78.5 acres. features a guarded swimming beach, boat launch, BBQ pits, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, concession stand, restrooms, and access to the Post Falls Community Forest and Q’emiln Climbing Walls, so you’ll never be without entertainment and amenities!
Alright, by now you’ve probably been on your feet all day exploring the sights and delights that Post Falls has to offer. If you’re craving some rest and relaxation, or even a bit of pampering, these are two of the best spas in the region.
With specials such as a cranberry citrus treatment, fountain of youth facial, and steam sauna usage, you know you’re in for a relaxing and rejuvenating time here at the Highlands Day Spa. Their full range of services includes massages, facials, skin treatments, and waxing. Go on, treat yourself!
As you can probably already tell from the name, Slick Rock Tanning & Spa is more than your average spa. You’ll find a wide range of treatments here to help you look and feel your best, whether it’s facials, float therapy, and infrared detox, or massage, red light therapy, skin hydration, spray tan, sunbeds, and weight loss. See what we mean?
If rejuvenation for you is less about deep relaxation and more about sweating it out, then you’re in luck. Post Falls is home to some of the highest-rated gyms and yoga studios within the region.
At Anytime Fitness Post Falls, their mission is to provide you with a total fitness experience designed to help you reach your goals. Here, you can enjoy everything from 24-hour access and security, to all of the equipment and coaching you need to excel in cardio, strength training, functional training, and more. They also offer a free 7-day pass if you wish to try it out for yourself!
If your fitness goals include focusing on yoga, then might we suggestCDA Power Yoga as the place for you? The studio practices Baptiste Yoga, where classes are 60 minutes, unless otherwise noted on the schedule, and the room is heated to 90 degrees. There are multiple classes and schedules available, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
Looking to fulfill your wanderlust by heading outside of the region for a day? You could spend decades within Post Falls without barely scratching the surface of all there is to do in this city, but consider these day trips next time you fancy a new adventure.
Less than a 3-hour drive from Post Falls is the city of Missoula, which is located in Montana. Its landscape is extremely picturesque, so we recommend the drive for the scenery alone! There are plenty of things to do while visiting the city too, including the Snowbowl ski area, Caras Park, Fort Missoula, Splash Montana, the Missoula Art Museum, and more.
Just over a 1.5-hour drive from Post Falls is the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, which is a favored destination for people seeking to escape to the woods for a few hours to a few days. While visiting the forest, you can enjoy recreational activities such as camping, bicycling, hiking, fishing, picnicking, water activities, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars too, as both the scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful!
As a final reminder, some of these activities may need to wait until businesses fully reopen from coronavirus closures. However, there is still much to see and experience in Post Falls that you can enjoy today! What are your favorite spots in Post Falls? Send them our way to [email protected] or by tagging us on Instagram @rvshare and using the hashtag #rvsharelocal.