Downtown Coeur d'Alene, stolen from http://www.coeurdalene.org as I spent so much time looking around I forgot to take pictures.
This place is my new favorite town because it isn't huge, has a better nightlife than all of Montana (ok, we didn't really check it out, but it looked more appealing than the smoke-filled hick bars in Montana), has a nice combination of mountains and water, so being away from the ocean is replaced with a very nice looking lake. The place is clean and green! Yes they have trees that don't look dead for 3/4 of the year (unlike here, and I happen to like green trees, not dead looking twiggy trees that look good only 3-4 months of the year).
The two biggest draw cards for me though was the lack of traffic, which is fine since I hate too much traffic given my car phobia's, and the grid system layout of the town, making it easier to get around, more difficult to get lost, easier to walk from point a to point b, and well, I am just used to how it works in Adelaide and thus prefer it.
With a little under 35,000 people it's just the right size to be in a small community, but large enough to not be like where I am now where everyone has married each other at least once (that's an exaggeration, but at times it is real hard to keep up). It also has towns linking it all the way to Spokane which has a population of about 200,000, or in total (which I am sure counts Coeur d'Alene) of about 420,000 people. The mountains are forested regions, so there is the enjoyment of combining city life with camping and country dwelling. In fact you can live in Coeur d'Alene and drive only 30 miles to work in Spokane and it'll take less time to get to work than if you lived in almost any decent sized city in this country or any other.
A bonus for me is that it has a TV station, plus one in Spokane as well. At least I know I have prospects there.
On the fun side, there is skiing, snowboarding, 4-wheeling, rafting, water skiing, boating (speed or sailing), wave riding and jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, hunting for those outdoor enthusiasts, or there are various arts and theatre things, theme parks (biggest in NW USA), water parks, casino's, night time outdoor entertainment by the lake, heck you can take seaplane lessons if you wanted.
Sadly I can say we'll never live here, or stay here for anything longer than a short vacation because it's in Idaho, and not Montana, but it did get me excited for a moment.
Our stay was short as we had places to go and people to see, we headed off on the rest of our journey.