OK, this Spokesman Review article is Spokane-centric, but it still works for us in North Idaho. Don't forget that City Link can get you to the beach -- FOR FREE -- on a hot summer day. I also posted the story because it contains a link to a the S-R's series on other "staycation" spots and ideas in our region.
I rather enjoyed reading the series of stories because I was unaware of a couple of spots they highlighted. For instance, I grew up in North Idaho and had never heard of Liberty Lake County Park until it was featured as part of this series. We spent last weekend camping 10 minutes from home in some of the best hiking terrain I've enjoyed in years.