4 Family Vacation Destinations in Idaho

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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Idaho is a wonderful place for family vacations, particularly if you're looking for several days of recreation and relaxation. It's easy to plan a short weekend getaway are extend your vacation in Idaho, a state that can be enjoyed from a humble campsite or from a world-class resort hotel. For this reason, Idaho is a viable choice for any budget.

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The Panhandle

Entrance to Roller Coaster Alley at Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood Theme Park

The northern part of Idaho, also known as the Panhandle, is packed with activities and attractions that will appeal to a variety of tastes. Lake Coeur d'Alene and Lake Pend Oreille are significant draws, each accompanied by a community that specializes in hospitality. Even more lakes, as well as the region's rivers, mountains, and forests provide outdoor recreation of all kinds. There are scenic driving tours, a wildlife refuge,  Silverwood Theme Park, year-round mountain resorts, world-class golf, unique shops and galleries, wineries, and interesting historical sites

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Sun Valley and Ketchum

Sun Valley, ID
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The Sun Valley community and the town of Ketchum combine to set the stage for an adventurous family vacation. Year-round recreation and awesome mountain scenery like downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling are major wintertime activities that draw in visitors from around the world. Summer brings the opportunity for golfing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and river rafting. Sun Valley hosts special events and festivals throughout the year, providing yet another reason to take the family.

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McCall

McCall Idaho
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Located at the south end of Payette Lake, the small town of McCall is a great jumping off point for a family vacation centered around snow or water. Abundant snowfall makes McCall popular for winter sports enthusiasts; the McCall Winter Carnival celebrates all that snowy fun every year. In the summer, enjoy whitewater rafting, paddling, and hiking, and Payette Lake. McCall itself offers charming downtown shopping, an indoor ice rink, a marina, beach parks, and several golf courses. The Payette River Scenic Byway, Gold Fork Hot Springs, Tamarack Resort, and Hells Canyon are among the attractions that can be enjoyed on a day trip out of McCall.

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Boise

Boise, Idaho
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Fabulous parks, interesting culture, tasty food and drink, and access to abundant recreation make Boise a getaway town with something for every member of the family. Among the top fun things to do in Boise, downtown's Julia Davis Park is a complex of indoor and outdoor attractions that includes the city's zoo and several museums. You could also tour the Boise State campus.

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