4:18 pm, April 1, 2024

When Memorial Day is coming up on the calendar once again, it’s a good time to begin planning your unforgettable trip to scenic Sun Valley, Idaho. Between the panoramic views, easy access to outdoor fun, and in-town entertainment alike, Sun Valley is a place where you’ll find it’s easy to want to return before your trip has even come to an end! While Sun Valley has amazing opportunities to offer guests year-round, Memorial Day comes with that holiday vibe that makes everything even more enjoyable. Whether you’re in town solo, as a couple, or alongside family and friends, the following options for fun are sure to enhance your Memorial Day getaway to Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Hike and Bike Your Way to Memorial Day Adventure

If you’re the type of traveler who can’t wait to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors, Sun Valley is an oasis of opportunities this Memorial Day. Head over to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which is a beautiful and inviting wilderness just outside Ketchum that hosts a multitude of trails to explore. Pathways that run through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are suitable for adventurers of all skill levels whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll with wildlife-watching integrated, or you’re hoping to take on the challenges of a winding mountain biking road instead. Bald Mountain Trail is a must for those who long for a challenge as this route runs 5.3 miles up the mountain and includes a collection of captivating and demanding switchbacks. The reward lies in the panoramic town views from the top of the mountain with sweeping vistas of the countryside just waiting to be admired as well.

A more relaxed multi-use trail is found in the form of the Fox Creek Trail. This 5.8-mile path is shared among hikers and bikers and enjoys easy access from Ketchum. You’ll savor mountain and wilderness views along the way and the fields of wildflowers in May just might have you lingering longer than you planned. Travelers excited for a hike that’s somewhere in between challenging and easy will love the Adams Gulch Loop. At 7 miles, you’ll extend your journey through the countryside but the path is relatively flat so you can take things at your own pace. This is a great option if you’re a nature photographer who wants to build in plenty of stops along the way to capture the views on camera.

Take Time to Visit the Sun Valley Museum of History

When Memorial Day has you looking back and remembering, a trip to the Sun Valley Museum of History is in order. Located at 180 1st Street E. this museum hosts a variety of exhibits and displays that highlight the stories that have long defined the Sun Valley area. You can track the history of the town from its origins as a mining and ranching hub all the way to the spectacular vacation destination it’s known and loved as today. There’s a ton of ski apparel and history on display as well and you won’t want to miss the special exhibit showcasing the life and death of writer Ernest Hemingway who called Ketchum home. Even the residence that houses the museum enjoys a spot on the National Register of Historic Places so no matter where you turn, you’ll find yourself paying homage to a meaningful legacy. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm and there’s no cost to tour.

Explore the Easley Hot Springs

Making your way to Sun Valley over Memorial Day puts you right on time to be there for the opening weekend at Easley Hot Springs. Located off State Highway 75 just 12 miles from Sun Valley, the Easley Hot Springs invites visitors to come and enjoy a family-friendly day in the water. Here, you can soak in a full-size swimming pool or make the most of your time in the naturally-fed hot tubs. There are also opportunities to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a fresh-air meal in good company at one of the patios surrounding the springs. No matter where you decide to spend your time, you’ll be reaping the benefits of mineral-rich waters in a gorgeous setting.

Dine at Gretchen’s

When flavor’s what you’re after in Sun Valley this Memorial Day, Gretchen’s is where you’ll find it. Located at 1 Sun Valley Road, Gretchen’s is open daily from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm and is found within the Sun Valley Mall. There are indoor and outdoor dining options available, and the menu is vast and varied. Whether you go with the frittatas and short ribs or the goulash and the Idaho Ruby Red trout, your taste buds will thank you for the experience.

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