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Thank you for helping me spread my wings in 1000 things I’d never done before. I had the adventure of a lifetime. — Vicky M, NY
|Idaho, USA||July 8 – 15, 2018||$2,495|
The Rocky Mountains of Idaho are perfectly suited to Canyon Calling’s multi-activity vacations. Idaho is known as the Gem State because of the wealth of natural resources extracted over the years. However we think that the real gems are the rivers and mountains. Our white-water rafting trip on the Payette River is one of the best rafting trips in the US. Paddling is a big part of this trip – rafts, inflatable kayaks on the Payette and canoes on a pristine lake at McCall. The capital, Boise, has a wonderful greenbelt where we bike through the parks and alongside the river. The mountains of Idaho were the most formidable challenge of the two-year Lewis and Clark expedition and a historical interpreter will share marvelous stories of the explorer’s struggle to find a western route to the sea. We’ll hike in the Sawtooths and soak in one of Idaho’s many hot springs. Old homesteader’s cabins surrounded by sage and wildflowers are sprinkled throughout the mountains and are a photographer’s delight. We love the West – and you will too!
Please arrive at the Boise Airport by early afternoon, and take the complimentary airport to hotel shuttle the few miles to our downtown hotel where your Canyon Calling Trip Leader will greet you and get you checked in. We will meet as a group at 3pm in the hotel lobby, then do a walking tour of vibrant and beautiful Boise. This is also a fabulous introduction to the mining and ranching culture of the state and to the two main native tribes: Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock. Stop by the exhibit of the Lewis and Clark expedition which paints a vivid picture of the challenges that Idaho’s geography threw at these explorers of the West. Welcome dinner and overnight in Boise.
The Boise River winds gently through the city surrounded by a beautiful 19-mile greenbelt. After breakfast we’ll bike the greenbelt trail, meandering beside the river some of the way and ride through shady parks where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Cycle back into town with a very poignant stop at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Then we head east to Twin Falls to see beautiful Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. Driving north we catch our first glimpse of the foothills of the Rockies and on to Hailey for dinner and lodging.
Thanks for a fabulous vacation. All your pre-planning certainly paid off. I especially enjoyed my first time rafting rapids solo. The riverside toilet with a view was the icing on the cake! — Susan N, NY
We’ll visit Sun Valley to breakfast in the jet-setter ski town of Ketchum. We’ll have some time to enjoy the shops, then it’s another hour north that brings us to the trailhead for our hike to Fourth of July Lake. It is named because the lake is not typically clear of snow until after July 4 and because the magnificent wildflower displays are reminiscent of fireworks. This is an easy hike at 9,500’ with a 565’ elevation gain. The trail begins in a forest in a pristine canyon, passes moss-covered springs and opens up to spectacular views of meadows, the lake and the White Cloud Mountains. We will enjoy a picnic lunch beside the lake surrounded by mountain heather. Back at the trailhead it’s a short drive to our lodge in Stanley. We’ll check in then soak away our sore hiking muscles in a private hot spring with magnificent views of the Sawtooth Mountains. This evening we’ll dine on a deck overlooking the Salmon River.
Enjoy a later start this morning and breakfast at a café in Stanley, a very scenic town in Idaho. Pristine lakes and views of the Sawtooth Mountains make it evident why these are called America’s Alps. We’ll stay another day in Stanley to kayak or stand up paddleboard or try your skill at both! We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch by Idaho’s geothermal features and a day to chill out. Options for hiking are also available in this gorgeous area of the Sawtooth Range. Dinner and lodging in Stanley.
You certainly designed one great discovery experience. Thank you for the way you melted away our diverse personality differences. — Jane G, TX
Today we head to McCall with a stop in Cascade to zip line! Experience the adrenaline rush and listen to the cable sing as we are guided over 3,500 feet of incredible terrain. We’ll experience 8 different ziplines and 2 suspension bridges and a 110′ foot tree house soaring over creeks, canyons and through the forest canopy from one platform to another. We’ll stop for lunch on our way to McCall enjoying this great little town of breweries and adventure options. There is a lively downtown area around the lake with live music and good food. Dinner and lodging in McCall.
Breakfast is early today so that we’re ready to meet our outfitter for a white-water rafting trip on the Payette River. This is a full day trip of fun whitewater and spectacular scenery with glimpses of Idaho’s native wildlife – river otters, beaver, golden eagles and if we’re lucky, bighorn sheep. Glide through eleven miles of class 2 and class 3 rapids enjoying remote forest, and stop riverside to enjoy a delicious lunch. We continue our rafting this afternoon relaxing in the sun-warmed water, then it’s back to McCall for a pre-dinner beverage recounting the excitement of our day. After all this fresh air and adventure, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner then have the sound of the river in our heads to lull us to sleep. Overnight McCall.
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll canoe on Payette Lake. It’s so pristine that seeing 30 feet down into the water is easy. Paddling gently along the forested edge of the lake is wonderfully peaceful. We’ll head south to Boise after lunch to check into our downtown hotel and have some time for your last minute shopping. Boise is a surprisingly eclectic town with something for everyone. We’ll enjoy our Farewell dinner at one of many wonderful Boise restaurants. Overnight Boise.
Enjoy breakfast and the other hotel amenities in the morning before hopping on the complimentary hotel to airport shuttle.