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When it’s beautiful views and a laid-back atmosphere you’re after, you’ll have no trouble finding it in Sun Valley, Idaho. Year-round, this inviting vacation destination is a top place on the map to enjoy fantastic dining, stunning scenery, great shopping, outdoor adventures, and more. While you could certainly make the most of a trip this way that’s focused on luxury and style, it’s also possible to make it an unforgettable experience on a budget. When you’re ready to enjoy a vacation in Sun Valley without breaking the bank, the following stops and activities are well worth adding to the to-do list.

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Embrace the Best of Summer Festival Fun

Sun Valley is a vacation destination that knows how to celebrate and when you keep an eye on the calendar, you can plan your getaway in this direction to align with a no-cost festival experience that’s one-of-a-kind! Travelers who make their way here in July will be right on time to enjoy the annual Ketchum Arts Festival. In 2024, the festival is slated for July 12, 13, and 14 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday. This highly anticipated yearly event is a celebration of Idaho art that’s entirely free to attend. You can step back from any demands or responsibilities at this festival and instead, focus on fantastic food samples, beverages, and exhibits and stands showcasing the work of more than 100 local artists. If you’re dropping by with the little ones in tow, you’ll find the festival is packed with age-specific activities to try. You’ll find the Ketchum Arts Festival hosted at Festival Meadow within view of Baldy Mountain and if you’re traveling with a canine companion, they can accompany you to the festival too, as long as they remain on a leash.

Take Time to Unwind at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden

When you want to slow things down, enjoy the view, and keep money in your wallet at the same time, a stop at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden while you’re visiting Sun Valley is a must. Located at 11 Gimlet Road, this botanical garden is open to the public and has no admission costs included in a visit. You can drop by between dawn and dusk daily, and while you’re here, you’ll be treated to spectacular and colorful displays of high-altitude plants and flowers to admire. In total, the botanical garden spans 5 acres of lush terrain, and the space is divided into five biomes representing various landscapes of South-Central Idaho. This is also a stop where you’re likely to stumble upon an art installation or two as well as educational exhibits that make time here as informative as it is engaging. At the center of the garden, you can enjoy time near the interactive Tibetan prayer wheel that sits within the Garden of Infinite Passion. It’s a feature of the space that provides unique insight into Tibetan traditions, religion, and meditation.

Biking and Hiking Adventures That are Free to Enjoy

For adventurers who want to get out and explore Sun Valley without overspending, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area should be at the top of the list. This is a prime place to make the most of biking and hiking adventures at your own preferred pace while you’re in town. You’ll have no trouble finding hiking and biking paths that are suitable for all ages and skill levels in this area. Intermediate explorers will want to make sure to enjoy time on the Adams Gulch Loop which spans 7 miles, is relatively flat, and showcases buttes, mountains, and town views too. The Bald Mountain Trail is another popular choice in this area spanning 5.3 miles of terrain and providing experienced hikers with switchbacks and panoramic views that are always thrilling.

Check out the Sun Valley Museum of History

Make your way to 180 1st Street East during your stay when you want to learn more about the area’s rich past. Here, you can explore a fascinating collection of exhibits and displays that tell the greater Sun Valley area’s story highlighting the people, landmarks, and moments that defined the city’s path forward. There’s no cost to visit, but donations are always welcome.

Partner up with Silver Creek Outfitters for Free Classes

Silver Creek Outfitters is a premier provider of guided outdoor adventures in the Sun Valley area but throughout the year, they offer free classes to locals and visitors alike as well. Be sure to check their event calendar for upcoming experiences that are available to participate in. Typically, they offer free fly-casting lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 5:30 pm on the lawn at the Sun Valley Inn to those who are interested. All of the gear you need to practice is included in the lesson and it’s a great way to hone your skills, save money, and meet up with others with similar interests in the area.

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Finding time to enjoy a Sun Valley vacation is always a good choice and when you book your vacation rental through Abode Sun Valley, you’ll have comfort, style, and convenience infused into your stay too! Reach out today to learn more about our exciting property options available and to start planning your next trip to Idaho.

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