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Trip Advice for Family of 4


We would like to spend about 9 days traveling around Idaho this summer. Our 2 children are 13 and 9 and enjoy doing adventurous things. We would like to spend 4-5 days in one area where we could hike, bike, river raft, swim, sail etc. Ideally we would like to stay at a small resort with cottages/cabins where these activities are close by.

We will be driving from the San Francisco Bay area.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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here are some of my earlier posts...if you like any of the suggestions i can help more...enjoythere is a great circle trip that you can take. leaving boise, you go north on highway 95, to Banks. Drive the payette river, watch the early kayakers, and drive the road through Loman, stop at the kirkham hot springs on the way. the road takes you to stanley, usually the coldest spot in the nation!!! all dirt roads, the greatest bakery and lunch spot (i cook for a living and love this place) the stanley bakery...just ask. Get a sandwich to go and head south to Redfish Lake in highway 75. Sit on the porch of the lodge, look out to the wonderful lake, the Sawtooth Mountains in the background. If you want a more secluced lake, save the sandwich (that will be hard!!) and go to the next lake on the drive to Sun valley, Petit Lake. Stop there for the seclulded lake effect. Then you will go up the hill to the Galena lookout...what a view of the Sawtooths. When you go down the hill, look for the small stream that will form on the right hand side, going down. Later when you are in Ketchum, that is the Big Wood River, huge by then. Galena Lodge is a great spot to stop, at the bottom of Galena Summit. It has great history and inside, if it is open, the pictures of the old lodge are on the walls. In the summer we bike up here and in the winter it is used for x country skiing. Head on down to Ketchum, visit my wonderful town, and go south 18 miles to what we call the "blinking light". Then turn right on highway 20 and return to Boise. This should take all day, but worth getting up early to do. enjoy

ps this is from a previous post, i will look for the others that i have posted...any specific places let me know.

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Don't miss Java on fourth street, for the best "Bowl of Soul". that is their signature coffee drink. NEver will you find a better one.

Also, the Casino is one of the oldest buildings left in Ketchum. The only place where smoking is allowed and the drinks are cheap and strong..an institution...when i got here in the late 70's, the old guys were still gambling . This was a gambling mecca and the Casion was the place to be. You have to take a peek inside and if you need a haircut, there is a barber outside, beware! Ha


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If you come to North Idaho, the spot I would suggest is Priest Lake, which is one of three very large lakes in North Idaho, it is in a beautiful mountain area with the full variety of land and water recreation activities. It is located about 60 miles north of Spokane, WA / Coeur d' Alene, ID. There are several smaller resorts on the lake accessible by paved public road. Web sites for a couple of resorts are: www.hillsresort.com www.elkinsresort.com Also a web site for the Priest Lake area is www.priestlake.org

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My husband and I are going in the end of May and staying in the McCall area. Lota of rafting, hiking, and there is a big lake also.

Take a look in the Gorp.com website. it is very interesting.

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Hi there - We live in Coeur d'Alene and would be happy to help you with any info on this area. We have two kids - 10 and 7 and so we're fairly familiar with "kid stuff" in the area.

One great resource for all of North Idaho is a website called www.fyinorthidaho.com. It has a lot of "off the beaten path" listings of activities, like digging for garnets, paddling the local rivers, etc.

Farragut State Park is AMAZING - it has campsites and a few very rustic cabins. It has great Mountain biking, beach, swimming on Lake Pend Orielle, and a frisbee golf course - to name few features. I'd highly recommend it.

Of course there is Silverwood Theme Park/Boulder Beach water park - although if you're from CA, you probably aren't dying to visit another theme park - but it's kinda "North Idaho charming" and a family-friendly fun place. They are expanding the water park this year so it should be nice.

Gotta jet right now, but check out the fyinorthidaho.com site and let me know if you have any other questions!

Shelly in CDA

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I would suggest the Route of the Hiawatha bike tour, 15 miles of car-free bike trail through tunnels and over trestles. If you use the shuttle, it's down hill all the way. http://www.skilookout.com/hiaw/index.html

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I moved from the Crow Cyn Rd area of Danville a couple of years ago, ( small world, no?), and am now stuck in the N. ID Coeur dAlene area, (working for less that half of what I was making in the East Bay), surrounded by tobacco-addicted, drunk-driving hillbillies who all consider themselves to be the biggest dog on the block. The men are even worse!

If you are considering relocating here think it through very carefully before you do. This is not a great place to raise kids. It's a great place to raise potatoes!

Save your money and visit Oregon, WA, or MT. Just as pretty, and you will be more likely to live through it!

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Hi. I am a local. I have lived in CDA for more than 20 years.

For a great family-friendly adventure that is off the beaten track, check out the Route of the Hiawatha. It is about 45 minutes east of CDA on I-90. It was a railway that has been converted to a bike path. It is a 15-mile gradual downhill trail that winds through the mountains – you'll go through 10 tunnels and over 7 high trestle bridges (when you get to the bottom you take a bus back up to the top). It has got spectacular views of the mountains. You can rent bikes and headlamps - you'll need lights for the very long and very dark Taft tunnel - at the nearby Lookout Ski Resort. Go to this website for more details: http://www.skilookout.com/hiaw/

While you're here make sure you take a walk around the Fort Sherman park by the beach and the floating boardwalk at the CDA resort.

Also be sure to hike the nature trail around Tubbs Hill (right by the resort and the boardwalk). It takes about an hour (two at the very most) to walk around. Very pretty, the best views of the lake, lots of little secluded beaches for swimming or a picnic. You'll probably see lots of locals jumping off the cliffs and rocks into the water.

Good local restaurants...

Tomato Street on Appleway has great Italian food and pasta, their smashed sandwiches are delicious and the atmosphere is really fantastic. This is probably my favorite local restaurant (they have a location in Spokane too) Good wine list and big portion sizes. Kids love this place too, they put butcher paper on the tables for the kids to color on while they wait for their food.

For fantastic desserts go to the Dockside restaurant in the CDA Resort...their huge "Gooey" sundaes are the best and sure to make your kids very happy (the sundaes are about $8 each, but big enough to feed 2 or 3 people, you can get a smaller "personal sized" sundae too, but that is not as fun) The food at Dockside is good too, but we usually just go for dessert, we order a couple Gooeys and share them (then take a walk around the boardwalk).

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