Idaho Day Trips September 08, 2017
10 Picture Perfect Fall Day Trips To Take In Idaho
Summer is gradually winding down and Autumn is on a lot of Idahoan’s minds. With the new season comes a whole new amount of activities and things to do in Idaho. Idaho is certainly a great place to be during Fall with an endless amount of festivities that celebrate this wonderful season to participate in. If you’re looking to jump start the Fall activities as soon as possible, then these day trips are for you. Check out these 10 picturesque and family friendly trips that will make your Fall complete!
1. Visit Linder Farms and pick out a pumpkin.
Every time Fall comes around, a trip to Linder Farms is a must. They are the quintessential place to get in the mood for the season with a pumpkin patch, hay ride, petting zoo, straw bale maze, and various other activities including slides, playgrounds, and even a mechanical bull! They are located in Meridian, Idaho and open during late September.
2. Drive over the most beautiful bridge in Idaho.
Rainbow Bridge might just be one of the most scenic places in Idaho and seeing it as the leaves start to change is even better. The bridge is located over the North Fork of the Payette River on Highway 55 and is the perfect place to breath that crisp Autumn air and snap some very seasonal photographs!
3. Get lost in The Farmstead's intricate corn maze.
No Idaho Autumn is complete without a trip to the closest corn maze. The Farmstead in Meridian, Idaho is famous for it's intense maze designs every year which guarantees hours of fun. The corn maze is the main attraction but The Farmstead also consists of a pumpkin patch and "The Field of Screams" for the thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
4. Take a stroll through University of Idaho's Arboretum.
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden at University of Idaho may be one of the most fantastic gardens in the entire state. Originally created to bring more plant diversity to the region, a visit to the Arboretum during the Fall season is quite simply magical with the intense and vibrant colors of the tree's foliage.
5. Pick your own apples at Kelley Orchards.
Kelley Orchards is a small farm located near Weiser, Idaho and is the perfect outing for a Fall day. Is there anything better than indulging in a fresh baked apple pie or handmade apple cider on an Autumn day with apples you picked yourself? Even better, you're supporting local farmers with this fun seasonal activity! Kelley Orchards opens during September for its apple picking season.
6. Take a scenic bicycle ride or walk down the gorgeous Boise River Greenbelt.
The Greenbelt in Boise, Idaho is considered the heart of the city as it runs right through downtown and follows alongside the Boise River. Walking along the Boise Greenbelt during Autumn is a huge treat as you are surrounded by vibrant foliage and the sounds of the rushing river nearby. It's the perfect way of experiencing Fall beauty in Idaho at its absolute best!
7. Cheer on your favorite lumberjack at Orofino Lumberjack Days.
Idaho has plenty of quirky and odd festivals and this one might be up there as the oddest. Orofino's Lumberjack Days is a festival dedicated to celebrating Idaho's role in the timber industry. The festival contains a parade, fiddler's contest, a derby for kids, and a model airplane contest but the highlight of the fest is the Lumberjack show where lumbering is highlighted as a valued way of life. This is a Fall tradition for many North Idahoans!
8. Get spooked at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park.
It's no secret that ghost stories and Fall go together perfectly. For some reason, ghost stories just sound spookier during this time of year, and visiting one of Idaho's many ghost towns is the perfect way to spend a Fall day. Land of the Yankee Fork State Park is home to several historical and "haunted" abandoned towns such as Bonanza, Bayhorse, and Custer that are sure to raise a few of your hairs!
9. Hike along the beautiful Palisades Reservoir.
The Palisades Creek Nature Trail is a lovely family friendly hike that is arguably best done during Fall because of the fantastic shades of colors. If you're looking for the picture perfect Autumn hike, this is definitely it!
10. Take our Dreamy Fall Foliage Road Trip!
If you're looking to pack as much fall foliage sight-seeing as you can at one time, you definitely need to check out our
Dreamy Fall Foliage Road Trip
. This is the perfect way of experiencing Autumn in Idaho literally from top to bottom! See firsthand why Idaho is one of the best places to be during the Fall season.
Have you done any of these trips? What’s your favorite trip or activity to do in Idaho during Fall?
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