9 days in Idaho Itinerary

9 days in Idaho Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Idaho trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Coeur d'Alene
— 2 nights
Fly
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Boise
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Sun Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Lava Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Pocatello Regional Airport, Fly to Charlotte

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Coeur d'Alene

— 2 nights
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Coeur d'Alene: Sandpoint (Pend Oreille Scenic Byway & Schweitzer Mountain Resort). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Coeur d'Alene Lake, get outside with KJ Water Sports, and get a taste of life in the country at Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Coeur d'Alene road trip site.

Charlotte to Coeur d'Alene is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to Coeur d'Alene. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect nights in Coeur d'Alene to be slightly colder, around 23°F, while days are colder, around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Boise.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Boise

— 3 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Boise is known for parks, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Boise River Greenbelt, hit the slopes at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Idaho Botanical Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Idaho State Capitol Building.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Boise online trip planner.

You can fly from Coeur d'Alene to Boise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coeur d'Alene to Boise. In December, daytime highs in Boise are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sun Valley.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Sun Valley

— 1 night
Sun Valley is a resort city in Blaine County in central Idaho, in the western United States. On the 8th (Wed), stroll through Sun Valley Resort and then take in the awesome beauty at Dollar Mountain.

Plan a Sun Valley trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Boise to Sun Valley in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boise in December: high temperatures in Sun Valley hover around 31°F and lows are around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lava Hot Springs.

Things to do in Sun Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

Lava Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Lava Hot Springs is a city in Bannock County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Baker Ranch, relax and rejuvenate at Lava Hot Springs Massage Therapy, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Lava Hot Springs.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lava Hot Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sun Valley to Lava Hot Springs takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lava Hot Springs are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lava Hot Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.