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Idaho Staycations – Spring Break Edition

Spring break is just around the corner, and while jetting off to exotic destinations may not be in the cards for everyone, there’s still plenty of adventure to be had right here in Idaho. From picturesque mountain retreats to snowy getaways, the Gem State offers a wealth of options for a memorable staycation.

Join us as we explore some of the top places in Idaho to enjoy a weekend or even a week-long vacation. These staycations are perfect for relaxation, exploration, and most of all… making lasting memories with loved ones.

Sun Valley

Traditional Sun Valley logo snow sculpture for the Winter 22-23 season, in front of the lodge entrance.

Nestled in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, Sun Valley offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and luxurious amenities. Spend your days skiing or snowboarding on the world-class slopes of Bald Mountain. Explore snowshoeing trails or simply soak up the sunshine on a bluebird day while taking a stroll through the charming village center. After a day of adventure, unwind at the Sun Valley Lodge or treat yourself to their rejuvenating spa! For just a short few-hour drive northeast of Boise, you will feel like you are in a magical mountain landscape, far away from the hustle and bustle of it all.

McCall | Valley County

McCall, Idaho, USA –November 28, 2020: McCall hotel and main street at night with snow on the ground

Escape to the picturesque backdrop of Payette Lake in the charming town of McCall for a quintessential Idaho staycation. From skiing and tubing to backcountry snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or soaking in the hot springs – a weekend in the mountains of Valley County will leave you wanting to come back for more! Indulge in The Cove Spa at the Shorelodge or go on a snowshoeing adventure to an unforgettable dining experience at the Bluemoon Yurt at Jug Mountain. Sing your favorite song at karaoke night at Seven Devils Taphouse at Tamarack Resort, check out one of the many cross-country skiing trail systems, or catch a record-sized perch ice fishing on Lake Cascade! From Cascade to McCall, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Boise

Image by The Village at Meridian

For those looking for a staycation closer to home, Boise offers something exciting for everyone in the family! Explore the Boise Zoo or splurge a little in your retail therapy at The Village At Meridian. Hit the slopes with spring skiing or tubing at Bogus Basin.  Spend an afternoon enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Boise River Greenbelt, making a stop for a wine tasting at Telaya Wine, or take your pick for lunch at the Green Acres Food Truck Park. Take a short drive from Boise to the neighboring city of Idaho City and soak in the hot springs retreat, The Springs! You don’t have to go far to make the most of all of the amazing experiences Boise has to offer!

Stanley

Stanley Idaho Small mountain community with a river flowing through in and mountains

Why travel somewhere exotic when you have one of the most beautiful towns in America – Stanley, Idaho?! It’s not just the town itself that is amazing; the real adventure begins when you head out to the Sawtooth Mountains along Stanley’s perimeter, and the list of things to do is endless. From a tub on the river for two to the iconic tub in the shed at the Mountain Village Resort, there are around a dozen hot springs to get your soak on! Ride a fat bike on the groomed trails or take a scenic drive along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway and enjoy the stunning views around every turn. Spend your evenings stargazing beneath the clear mountain skies or cozying up at the Redfish Riverside Inn.  Stanley is the perfect place to spend a few days unplugged!

Coeur d’Alene

View from a small lakeshore beach on Tubbs Hill, a public park with walking trails, of the lake, marina, city beach and boardwalk at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA on a summer day. Coeur d’Alene is a city in northwest Idaho. It’s known for water sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene, plus trails in the Canfield Mountain Natural Area and Coeur d’Alene National Forest. McEuen Park offers a grassy lawn and a trailhead for adjacent Tubbs Hill. The lakeside City Park & Beach includes picnic areas and a playground. The Museum of North Idaho traces regional history, including the city's former timber industry.

Coeur d’Alene is known for being a luxurious lakeside community with a world-renowned golf course, art culture, and fabulous restaurants. Make it a stay-and-play weekend at Triple Play Family Fun Park or Silverwood Theme Park. Take a stroll in the downtown art walk, and enjoy an evening of Italian Titos Italian Grill and Wine Shop. Climb a mountain top in a snowcat or burn some calories cross-country skiing. Check out these nearby destinations and turn your weekend getaway into a week-long adventure.

Shoshone Falls

Panoramic view of the Niagara of the West. Shoshone Falls, Idaho, USA

Often referred to as the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls is a must-see natural wonder located near Twin Falls. Spring is an ideal time to visit as the snowmelt fills the Snake River and winds its way through a deep Canyon to the Columbia River. At 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide, it is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States, surpassing the height of the famous Niagara Falls; this is a must-see spring break destination!

While traveling to a sunny destination is the common spring break vacation, there is still plenty of adventure waiting in your own home state of Idaho! Whether you are craving to soak in the hot springs, unwind with a relaxing spa treatment, or take some turns down the mountain with a little spring skiing, Idaho offers so many places to escape and play! From the valley to the mountains, the slopes to trails, the delicious wine, and the gourmet food – you can make your staycation everything you want it to be! So, pack your bags and make this spring break one to remember!

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