Sandpoint Essential Info


Sandpoint is a popular city and tourist destination in Northern Idaho on the shore of lake Pend Oreille (Pond-Orr-Ay) in northwestern United States. (although Idaho is generally recognized as a Mountain State, Sandpoint and other far northern Idaho cities are most often categorized as officially being part of the Pacific Northwest. At last census, the population of Sandpoint was 6,853 (est. 2006 was 8,206). The closest city of 100,000+ people is Spokane Washington (78 miles away), 500,000+ is Seattle Washington (390 mi), and 1,000,000+ is Los Angeles California (1,000 mi). The zip code is 83864, the time zone is Pacific (UTC-8), and the area code is 208. The official currency is United States Dollars, but most stores and restaurants will accept Canadian currency due to Sandpoint's proximity to the Canadian border and the large number of Canadian tourists who visit the region.

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  1. The city was founded as a timber community in the 1800ʼs. As the timber industry winds down,
    tourism has become a stronger driving force in Sandpoint with the lake, the mountain and many
    outdoor options.
  2. The City of Sandpoint is situated on the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, and nestled against the foothills of the Selkirks.
  3. Sandpoint is home to Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho's largest ski resort.
  4. Since 2002, Sandpoint has been home to Quest Aircraft, the manufacturer of the Kodiak, a ten-seat, single-engine, turboprop airplane.
  5. Nate Holland, two-time Olympian, five-time X Games gold medalist, and member of the US Snowboard team, was born in Sandpoint.

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