It’s eye-opening to think that most parents have 18 summers with the kids at home. My husband and I have eleven left before our daughter (hopefully) leaves for college. And, it’s important to make them count with plenty of quality time together, a little travel and/or whatever else is important to your family. We’re talking about the extended family, too.
Should you need inspiration, join our next #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter party with sponsor Visit Idaho, to help get the word out about their 18 summers campaign. I haven’t been yet, but have to tell you that I’ve learned so much about it over the last few weeks that I’d love to go.
Idaho is a place that is famous for potatoes but a hidden gem when it comes to extraordinary outdoor activities that are perfect for families. It’s the 13th largest state in the union and with 70% as public land, which means there is plenty to explore. And, we’re going to give one lucky Twitter party participant a chance to experience Idaho at a luxury resort.
If you’re wondering what there is to do in Idaho, here are a few fun things narrowed down from an immensely long list.
Things to Do in Idaho with Kids
Go Whitewater Rafting
Did you know that Idaho has more whitewater river miles than any other state in the lower 48? That is over 3000 miles of river, that families can enjoy for a half-day up to a six-day trip. And, of course, there are rivers for various ages and level of difficulty desired.
Explore State Parks
State parks in Idaho are incredibly varied, offering a wide range of activities. Explore North America’s largest single-structured sand dune at Bruneau Dunes, go rock climbing at City of Rocks, chill out by a lake at Farragat State Park… the list goes on.
Picture crystal-clear water set against a scenic mountain backdrop where you can see fish swimming up to 5o feet ahead. Idaho is famous for fly fishing and a type of salmon native to the state.
Go Camping, Glamping or Stay at a Guest Ranch
Accommodations in Idaho include luxury hotels, but those who would like to experience more of the outdoors have other options. I recently read excellent reviews about the all-inclusive Diamond D Ranch located in the Frank Church Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48. Yes, in the true wild west!
Enjoy the Wine
O.K. so maybe this one isn’t for the kids but I thought I’d mention it anyway. Idaho’s wineries are primarily located in the Snake River Valley west of Boise where the climate is ideal for white varietals like Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc though red wine production is increasing. Keep an eye out for this up-and-coming region and go taste in person before the word gets out.
But, there’s zip lining, hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding, cycling, culture and so much more to do in Idaho.
Win an Idaho Vacation at Coeur d’Alene Resort
One lucky #KidsNTrips participant will win a luxury holiday at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort. The stay is for three nights and includes a round of golf or spa treatment for two). The luxury resort is located on stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene with a beach area, water recreation and the world’s only golf course floating green. It is currently ranked the #2 resort course in North America. The resort is easy to get to at just 40 minutes by car from the Spokane airport.
Make Every Summer Count Twitter Party
Hosts: @TravelMamas @JenLeo @LaJollaMom
Special Guests: @somedayilllearn @tips4familytrip @SheSaved
Hashtag: #KidsNTrips (and #18summers)
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am Pacific Time (10:30-11:30 Mountain Time; 12:30-1:30 pm Eastern Time)
Topic: Make every summer count with outdoor travel fun
Giveaway Prize: One winner will receive a 3-night stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort (complete with a round of golf or spa treatment for two), four tickets to the Coeur d’Alene Theater Company, and eight tickets to Silverwood Theme Park (value: $3,475). (Transportation not included.)
Restrictions: This giveaway is offered and open only to legal residents of the United States, including the District of Columbia, as well as the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, who are 18 years or older as of 4/1/2015. Read additional prize terms and conditions.
Learn more: Not sure what a Twitter party is or why to participate? Read our Twitter party tips now.
More Chances to Win!
Through July, enter to win an Idaho vacation through the 18 Summers campaign. Winners are chosen each month!
See you Thursday on Twitter!
Thank you to Visit Idaho for sponsoring the Twitter party! Prize fulfillment is handled by Visit Idaho.