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The Best Places to Visit in Idaho During Fall

Last updated August 28, 2023 by Totally Boise

Is it just us, or is fall one of the best times of year in Idaho? As the summer sun fades, Idaho transforms into a blanket of warm hues during the fall season. From cozy small towns to jaw-dropping national parks, this place is a total stunner this time of year. So, grab your flannel shirt and pumpkin spice latte, and let's check out the best spots to hit up in Idaho when the leaves start falling!


I mean, we had to mention Boise, right?! You don't need to go far to soak in all the fall vibes. Boise is all about the best of both worlds – city fun and fall beauty! Take a stroll in the parks like Julia Davis Park and Kathryn Albertson Park, and when you're feeling adventurous, hike the Boise Foothills for those epic views!

Sun Valley:

Alright, folks, picture this – ski resorts turned into a sea of red, orange, and gold! Sun Valley is where the magic happens, and the trails are just begging you to hike and bike through the breathtaking foliage. When you're done, explore the vibrant local arts scene, indulge in delicious cuisine, or simply unwind in a cozy lodge.

Distance from Boise: 2.5-hour drive

Sawtooth National Recreation Area:

Nature lovers, listen up! Sawtooth National Recreation Area is where it's at  – rugged mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and a crazy kaleidoscope of fall colors. Take the scenic route along Sawtooth Scenic Byway to witness the stunning vistas that will leave you in awe.

Distance from Boise: ~ 3-hour drive

Idaho Falls:

Get ready to fall in love with Idaho Falls – pun intended! Situated along the Snake River, Idaho Falls is a picture-perfect place to relish in the season. Don't miss the Scarecrow Festival at Tautphaus Park for some quirky fall fun!

Distance from Boise: 4-hour drive

Coeur d'Alene:

If there's one thing better than a lakeside town, it's a lakeside town during fall! Coeur d'Alene is all about stunning colors that reflect in the calm waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Get on board the fall foliage cruise to get a jaw-dropping view of the surrounding landscape.

Distance from Boise: 7-hour drive

Hells Canyon:

Okay, adventure junkies, this one's for you! Hell's Canyon is where the Snake River carved out some seriously incredible cliffs, and it's the perfect backdrop for those fall colors.  Explore the area on foot or embark on a boat tour to witness the breathtaking vistas.

Distance from Boise: 7.5-hour drive

Whether you prefer a serene lakeside retreat or an adventurous mountain hike, you’re going to want to plan a road trip or two to witness these fall colors for yourself. We can’t wait to see all your Insta pics after your trip. And if you’re looking for more ways to experience the season, make sure to check out our Guide to Fall in Boise!




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