It’s been a long winter and we could all use a little warmth and sunshine! Spring is right around the corner, and that means taking time to get outside and live life – and explore all that Idaho has to offer! Get ready to pack away your down coats, hats and gloves and go explore the colorful fields, snow-capped mountain peaks and trails that are Idaho in the springtime.
The capital of Idaho is the perfect city for outdoor lovers. Just north of Boise, along the Payette River, you can check out Cascade River and Kayak, which has adventures for all ages and skill levels. Aside from the outdoor adventure activities, like mountain biking, hiking and Greenbelt jogging, there are also exciting restaurants, like Fork, Prost!, the District Coffee House, and Alavita or Barbarian Brewing. If you’re a fan of the classics, you have to pack a picnic to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Music fans will love the outdoor free concert series in the middle of downtown Grove Plaza. If you need a place to stay, check out The Inn at 500, a brand-new hotel with local artwork and complementary bikes.
Though Sun Valley is best known for skiing, it also features some really great hiking and mountain biking when the weather warms up. Explore the outdoor terrain at Bald Mountain ski area and afterward, check out the town of Ketchum to find exciting rooftop bars and restaurants. For some bold, bright colors, look for the wildflower blooms in the Cathedral Pines and fields in front of the Boulder Mountains.
The spring and summer months are busy for the tiny town of Stanley. Backpackers and other outdoor enthusiasts pass through on their way to hike through the Sawtooth Wilderness up to Alpine Lake and Sawtooth Lake, or raft through the Salmon River. The air will be warm, skies will be blue and wildflowers will be dotting the lush green prairie!
Only eight miles south of the town of Stanley, Redfish Lake features boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. You can stay at the lodge or camp, and if you’re into rock climbing, you can practice your skills at Sawtooth Mountain Guides. They boast being able to take anyone—families with kids, rookies, and veteran climbers—on an amazing mountain adventure.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
A massive 618-square-mile lava field is the perfect place for a national monument where tourists can actually drive through the harsh landscape and witness blooming wildflowers, volcanic cones and craters, and eerie trees, In fact, the area was the actual training grounds for the Apollo astronauts.
Twin Falls is the place to go! In fact, Shoshone Falls is actually taller than Niagara Falls. Springtime is the best time of year to check these out – the snow is melting and the rush of the water is incredibly powerful. There’s also Pillar Falls, Perrine-Coulee Falls, as well as unique waterfalls in Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon, Niagara Springs, Auger Falls, and Devil’s Punchbowl.
Make the Most of Springtime in Idaho!
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