For family fun in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada, try some of the lesser-known winter hot spots. Whether travelers are looking for a rugged ski slope or a quiet ski lodge, an affordable vacation is just a click away for people of all ages. At just a fraction of the cost of a theme park vacation or cruise, a family can enjoy a full Winter Wonderland vacation with all of the added luxuries.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – In this beautiful city, enjoy a Fantasy Light Cruise to the North Pole (from late-November to mid-January), watch the bald eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay, simply go skiing at one of the many ski resorts and lodges in the area.
Heber Valley (Midway), Utah – Take a sleigh ride along the quiet, snow-covered hills or visit the Midway Ice Castles, over two acres of illuminated, carefully-formed icicles. With walkable caves full of glacial formations and ice slides, the kids will never forget this underground winter experience.
Lamoille Canyon, Nevada – If an escape from the crowds is in order, a trip to Lamoille Canyon is a good idea. Not far from the town of Elko, this 12-mile, two-lane roadway is a great sightseeing adventure with three pullover areas for viewing the most spectacular mountain peaks, glacial canyons, and lakes in the region.
Sun Valley, Idaho – A variety of winter activities await anxious travelers at the Sun Valley Resort, which has airline service from San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. Cars are not needed because a complimentary bus service provides transportation throughout Wood River Valley, including the towns of Ketchum and Elkhorn Springs. Activities like skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing are available everywhere, and classes at the SnowSports School help beginners of all ages learn skiing techniques.
Bryce, Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park is well-known for travel in the summer months, but a winter display is on hand because of the snow-covered hoodoos (odd-shaped rock pillars created from the forces of erosion). Take one-of-a-kind photographs in front of the natural wonders in the park, which is open all year except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. and New Year’s Day.
Gold Point, Nevada – Pack away the skis and snowshoes and take a tour of the Gold Point Ghost Town. Visit the museum, hear bone-chilling accounts of mining experiences, and browse through the books and artifacts (there are over 9,000 of them!) about the gold mining days. Rustic cabins reminiscent of the mining lifestyle are on site, and RV spaces are in the area also.
Create stellar memories and reestablish bonds on these family trips that most people could only dream about. This rich history and picturesque landscapes are full of energy, enough to keep the kids entertained throughout the vacation. As with any vacation plans, book as far in advance as possible to get the best spaces, rooms, and rates.
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