Central Idaho

Ketchum. Photo Credit: Visit Idaho

Dig into Idaho’s mining history, uncover a lunarlike landscape and then experience the Gem State’s iconic ski resort and Dark Sky areas on this three-day journey through central Idaho.

Day One:

Stanley Baking Company. Photo credit: Visit Idaho

Set out on your quest from small but stunning Stanley. Start with an energizing breakfast at Stanley Baking Co. & Cafe, where you can also pack a picnic basket for lunch—as food services are not guaranteed until you arrive in Challis later that day. Head out on the Salmon River Scenic Byway to the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, where you can experience Idaho’s frontier mining history. The site’s interpretive center and the ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse highlight the area’s past and the lifestyle of the area’s gold-seeking inhabitants. Drive to Challis to close out the day with dinner at Challis Roadhouse followed by a stay at The Pioneer Motel & RV Park.

Other Considerations:

Day Two:

North Crater Trail, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Photo credit: Visit Idaho

Day Three:

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley. Photo credit: Visit Idaho

Get your motor running with a delicious and satisfying breakfast at The Kneadery before immersing yourself in the outdoor paradise of the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. Explore the scenic trails with hiking or mountain biking in the summer, or find fresh powder stashes with skiing/snowboarding in winter. Hikers or bikers can refuel and recharge with lunch at Konditorei, and skiers/snowboarders will find bellywarming goodness with a side of great views at The Roundhouse. If time allows, take a self-guided tour of Ernest Hemingway-related experiences in the area. Conclude your day with dinner at Enoteca and another cozy night at the Limelight Hotel.

Other Considerations: