The Best Day Trips from Boise

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Idaho and nearby areas are some of the best playgrounds for outdoor activities in any season. If you're heading to Boise for a visit, just moved to the area, or a long-time local, check out these fun day trips nearby to explore Idaho (and northern Nevada!).

Summer Day Trips

Idaho summers are beautiful and offer the best of gorgeous scenery, hiking, and activity to fit everyone in your crew. From Boise, these two spots can help you make the most of a fun day trip. 

Sun Valley

Sun Valley in the summer is not to be missed. Get your adventure on and take a hike, drive to gorgeous Galena Summit, shop downtown, or try a new sport.

Two favorite ways to experience summer in Sun Valley:

Stanley

Stanley is known for the epic Sawtooth mountains, towering above the quaint town and offering tons of opportunities for hiking and picnicking by a mountain lake.

Two favorite spots include:

Idaho City

Just an hour or so outside of Boise is the historic mining town of Idaho City. Aside from visiting the historical landmarks, the wildnerness surrounding it provides endless options for outdoor recreation. 

Fun things include:

  • Exploring museums, shops, and grabbing lunch at a local hot spot
  • Taking advantage of ATV trails, swimming in the creek, or picnicing with family and friends

Winter

Idaho's winter playgrounds in Sun Valley and Stanley offer the perfect mix of hot springs, alpine skiing, and cross-country outings. Choose your spot and make the most of snowy weather.

Sun Valley

When you're in Sun Valley in the winter, you're probably there for the legendary skiing. With over 3,000 feet of consistent fall line skiing (read: quad burners!) you'll love the sunny days, apres scene, and endless, perfectly groomed runs.

Stanley

Stanley is your hot springs and cross-country skiing mecca for winter. The best-groomed trails are just south of Stanley on Highway 75 at Alturas Lake, featuring unbelievable mountain views on a clear day. Then, check out Sunbeam Hot Springs, just up the road toward Salmon for your post-ski soak.

McCall

McCall is popular year-round, but it's a gorgeous spot to visit in the winter. Nearby ski resorts offer winter sports fun, and the popular Winter Carnival is a hugely popular event each winter. Come back in the summer and play in the lake!

Any Season

You don't have to plan your day trip to Jackpot around the seasons - northern Nevada features sunshine and family fun all year round. Check out Jackpot for good times outside and indoors.

Jackpot

Jackpot has you covered for any adventure. When the weather is right, you'll love the outdoor adventures that await - from fishing to biking, hiking to boating, you can enjoy the outdoors all around Jackpot.

You probably also know Jackpot for family fun at Cactus Pete's, with a pool, golf course, and comfy rooms if you want to extend that day trip into a relaxing overnighter.

Let's Go

Hop on the convenient Caldwell Transportation shuttle to Stanley, Sun Valley, or Jackpot to take the worry out of driving and get your vacation started the minute you leave town. Book your trip today.

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