Head to Idaho for your Labor Day weekend getaway to enjoy majestic mountains, pristine valleys, breathtaking forests, and sapphire-blue lakes and rivers. Additionally, look forward to exciting recreational activities, abundant opportunities for relaxation, cultural attractions, and fun celebratory events. Book a stay at one of many Idaho vacation rentals for an unforgettable trip. Here are the best Labor Day weekend destinations in Idaho.
1. Coeur d’Alene
The city of Coeur d’Alene lies on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene in northwestern Idaho near the border with the state of Washington. During Labor Day weekend, the continuing warm weather makes outdoor activities extremely popular. The world-renowned Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course provides 18 holes in a gorgeous lakeside setting. For great family fun, the Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park offer immense roller coasters and other attractions for children, including water slides and wave pools. Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises has a special Luau on the Lake Tropical Cruise over Labor Day weekend, which features island-themed refreshments and a lovely tour of the lake.
2. Spirit Lake
Located on the northeastern shore of its namesake lake in the midst of the Idaho Panhandle, vacation rentals in the city of Spirit Lake are surrounded by incomparably beautiful wilderness. Spirit Lake Rec Center rents kayaks and canoes to explore the lake, as well as bicycles to take advantage of the many lakeside cycling trails. Every year, Spirit Lake hosts Labor Day on the Grass. One of the main activities is the Grass Car Show, which features over 100 cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display. On the Mountain Bike Ride event, you ride a bus to Mt. Spokane State Park then take a downhill 25-mile ride back to Spirit Lake. Labor Day in the Park also includes a beer garden, plenty of food and drink, and live music.
3. St. Maries
The city of St. Maries lies along the St. Maries and St. Joe Rivers in north-central Idaho near the base of the Idaho Panhandle. Popular outdoor activities include whitewater rafting, kayaking, water skiing, and fishing on the rivers. The area also has extensive trails for hiking, mountain biking, and ATV riding. On Labor Day weekend, the city hosts the annual Paul Bunyan Days celebration. This exuberant event includes logging competitions, a demolition derby, carnival rides for children, and fireworks displays. There are also food and craft vendors and live music. The celebration concludes with an impressive Labor Day parade.
Kamiah sits in the valley of the Clearwater River just west of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The Clearwater River that flows past the city is a renowned fishing location for Chinook salmon, steelhead, bass, and trout. Local Ridgerunner Outfitters provides guides to help you make the most of your adventures in the surrounding wilderness. The annual Kamiah BBQ Days is an action-packed event that takes place over the Labor Day weekend. Among the celebration highlights are a grand Main Street parade, arts and crafts shows, and live music and dancing. Plenty of food and drink is available, including a beer garden and a free barbecue dinner.
The resort town of McCall lies on the south shore of Payette Lake in the midst of Payette National Forest in western Idaho near the Oregon border. Taylor Outfitting provides fly fishing lessons before guiding you to nearby mountain lakes for angling. From McCall Sports Exchange, rent bicycles to explore lakeside trails and kayaks to paddle around the lakeshore. On Labor Day weekend in McCall, numerous venues offer live music and dancing. The McCall Farmer’s Market is a great place to browse through and shop for produce, flowers, and fresh baked goods. Take part in or observe the exciting Labor Day weekend Payette Lake Run, which includes several distance running events. Don’t miss the after-race party by the lakeshore, which includes beer, refreshments, raffles, and awards presentations.
Boise, the state capital, sits along the Boise River with a backdrop of the Boise foothills in southwestern Idaho. Popular attractions in the city include the Idaho Aquarium, Zoo Boise, and the Boise Art Museum. Among the numerous special events over Labor Day weekend is the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which features flamboyant aerial displays of hot air balloons. For beer enthusiasts, the annual Beer Wars IPA Fest gives you the chance to sample products from many western breweries. The Yearly Hermit Music Festival features country music and dancing at the Indian Creek Winery. The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area also holds its final Music on the Mountain concert of the season over Labor Day weekend.
7. Sun Valley
Sun Valley is a famous resort city on Bald Mountain near the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho. During Labor Day weekend, popular activities include hiking up Proctor Mountain, fishing for Idaho trout, cycling the hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails, and stargazing in the clear mountain air. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, try paragliding off Bald Mountain with Fly Sun Valley. Sun Valley hosts the annual Rebecca’s Private Idaho event on Labor Day weekend. Created by professional bike racer Rebecca Rusch, this annual cycling race over rugged mountain trails attracts cyclists from all over the country. Just south of town, the Hailey Antique Fair on Labor Day weekend hosts the region’s top antique dealers. Ketchum’s Wagon Days Parade is a spectacular event featuring horses, buggies, carriages, buckboards, and other non-motorized pioneer means of transport.
The city of Blackfoot lies along the Snake River in southeastern Idaho. Among its attractions is the Idaho Potato Museum, which highlights the importance of the potato industry in Idaho and displays the world’s largest potato chip and potato crisp. Blackfoot also hosts the annual Eastern Idaho State Fair, which starts up every Labor Day weekend with a grand parade that includes dance teams, marching bands, and floats. Among the attractions at the fair are horse races, bull riding, tractor pulls, and a demolition derby. The event also has live concerts, arm wrestling contests, and comedy shows. For children, the fair offers a petting zoo, livestock displays, and carnival rides.
Located at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Rexburg in eastern Idaho offers convenient access to natural wonders in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Craters of the Moon National Monument. The impressive Teton Lakes Golf Course provides a magnificent view while you play. The Rexburg Rapids, a thrilling water park with multiple water slides and pools, is a great place to take the kids over Labor Day weekend.
10. Twin Falls
Twin Falls lies south of the Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho. Nearby are three spectacular waterfalls: the city’s namesake Twin Falls, Pillar Falls, and the massive Shoshone Falls. BASE jumping is legal off the Perrine Bridge over Snake River Canyon, and for an unforgettable Labor Day weekend experience, take the leap with the help of Tandem BASE LLC. For thrilling kayaking, scuba diving, and paddleboarding on the Snake River, contact AWOL Adventure Sports at Centennial Waterfront Park.
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