Best time to visit Idaho

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Best time of year to visit Idaho

There is no bad season in the Gem State, so the best time to visit Idaho depends only on your schedule. Autumn brings an amazing, with fresh air, beautiful foliage, and blue skies as a bonus. In addition to numerous events—such as the Eastern Idaho State Fair and the Trailing of the Sheep Festival—September and October boast great deals on accommodations. Winter comes with plenty of snow, and also skiers aiming to take advantage of Idaho’s fantastic ski slopes. With temps that can dip below freezing between late November and March, warm layers will be your best bet as you gaze up at breathtaking Northern Lights. Late spring offers mountains covered with greenery and wildflowers—making it the perfect time to explore Mesa Falls in full bloom, and also find good deals on hotels. Summer in Idaho is the peak season for tourists, with cooler temps in the mountains and warmer weather along the southern plains. Bring your canteen and hike in the Sawtooth Mountains, through the Derby Wind Caves, and around Jump Creek Falls.

6 THINGS TO DO IN IDAHO (MARCH 29 - APRIL 07)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–March • nature

The recipe of aurora encounter in Idaho is a mixture of luck, patience, persistence, and low expectations, yet chances are real!

Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Bears

March–early November • nature

The greatest attraction or the greatest risk? Maybe both!

Baby Animal Season

Baby Animal Season

April–June • nature

Watch the first moves of new residents to the park

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

all year round | best March–early June • nature

Meet the stunning "Niagara of the West"

Coyotes

Coyotes

November–May  • nature

Meet these predators native to the Yellowstone region

Jump Creek Falls

Jump Creek Falls

March–November • activity

One of the most scenic waterfalls in the state flows into Jump Creek Canyon

19 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

out of rangeSeptember 1–5, 2021 • event

Hot air balloon pilots from all across the US will definitely take your breath away

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall Winter Carnival

out of rangeJanuary 28–February 6, 2022 • event

An iconic winter festival running since the 1920s

Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell Night Rodeo

out of rangeAugust 17–21, 2021 • event

Idaho's premier outdoor rodeo and one of the top 5, nationwide

Western Idaho Fair

Western Idaho Fair

out of rangeAugust 20–29, 2021 • event

Rock'n'roll all night and party all day long

Eastern Idaho State Fair

Eastern Idaho State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 3–11, 2021  • event

One of the two largest and most popular fairs of Idaho

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

out of rangeOctober 6–10, 2021 • event

The annual sheep herding festival in Idaho's Basque Country

Yellowstone Fall Colors

Yellowstone Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early October • nature

America's first national park is all dressed up for the fall

Sawtooth Mountains

Sawtooth Mountains

out of rangeJuly–September • activity

This range of the Rocky Mountains boasts about 50 peaks over 3,000 m (10,000 ft) high

Christmas Lights in Idaho

Christmas Lights in Idaho

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Ignite the holiday spirit with the memory-making Christmas lights in Idaho

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

out of rangelate June–late September in 2020 • event

Quality theatre in a stunning outdoor location

Idaho Fall Colors

Idaho Fall Colors

out of rangeearly October–mid November • nature

Mountain peaks, dunes, and forests—Idaho has it all to impress a devoted leaf-peeper

Bloomington Lake

Bloomington Lake

out of rangeJuly–September • activity

A short hike to a beautiful series of lakes

Sawtooth Lake

Sawtooth Lake

out of rangeJuly–September • activity

An alpine lake surrounded by picturesque rugged mountains

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

out of rangeJuly–September • activity

One of the most accessible mountains of the Teton Range

Darby Wind Caves

Darby Wind Caves

out of rangeJune–September • activity

A great short hike in the Teton Range

Mesa Falls

Mesa Falls

out of rangeMay–October • nature

A thunderous curtain of waterfalls from the height of ten stores

Saddleback Lakes

Saddleback Lakes

out of rangeJuly–September • nature

Beautiful mountains dotted with small alpine glacial lakes

Goat Lake

Goat Lake

out of rangelate July–September • nature

Discover Idaho’s best-kept secret

Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake

out of rangeMay–October • nature

The largest lake of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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