The pictures hanging in the hallways of Sun Valley Lodge tell a story of quintessential cool (Ernest Hemingway at his standup desk putting the finishing touches on For Whom the Bell Tolls, JFK and family laughing on skis under a mid-winter sun, Marilyn Monroe dancing the foxtrot to the Glenn Miller Orchestra.) Go get inspired by the stories and the lore, before visiting Hemingway’s watering hole(s) or grave and the Sun Valley Museum of History. Put vertical under your boots and lightness in your head, with a hike into the alpine or guide your family along Trail Creek for wildlife and wildflower peeping. With a myriad of trails starting right from town, the trip from trailhead to high point to watering hole is just too easy to overlook. Start out with a hike up Proctor Mountain, where one of the world's first chairlifts still stands and a remarkable view of town and the valley offers the perfect #Instamoment.
Sun Valley isn't called the two-wheeled nirvana by mistake. With over 400 miles of singletrack trails in the immediate area, you can literally disappear in a flurry of knobby tired obsession without repeating a single ride for weeks on end. Start with a mellow cruise around the White Clouds Trail and then head for the hills. Hire a shuttle and take an entire day to weave your way back to town via Fox Peak.
Find your cultural boost over a glass of wine and picnic at the Summer Symphony, on a wander through time during Wagon Days, by trailing some sheep, or admiring the triple axel sow cow savvy of the world's best figure skaters at the Summer Ice Shows at Sun Valley Resort. This is arts and culture country friends; make sure you get yourself a little while you are here!