Before the summer retreats into our rearview mirror, there’s still time to enjoy a summer holiday road trip. Fortunately, we live in one of the nation’s most picturesque states, an area filled with abundant natural wonders. So now is the time to set your sights on traveling our state’s scenic highways and byways. And there’s no better car to take you on your journey of adventure than a new 2015 Chevrolet from your friends at Knudtsen Chevrolet, your hometown Chevy dealership in Post Falls, Idaho.
To help you plan your summer road trip, we’ve compiled five beautiful and awesome road trip destinations throughout Idaho. We’re sure that you’ll find one that will make the perfect summer road trip for you and your family. So pack your bags and let’s hit the road!
White Pine Scenic Byway
Your summer adventure begins close to home. This scenic stretch of highway goes for more than 80 miles on Idaho Highway 3 and Interstate 90 and winds through the Palouse. Bikers can tackle the 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, or there are family hiking activities at the Palouse Divide. Other stops along the way include the forested White Pine Drive, historic Laird Park and Potlatch. You return via either Moscow or back toward Coeur d’Alene.
Sawtooth Scenic Byway
The magnificent Sawtooth Mountains were where Ernest Hemmingway spent some of the last years of his life. Your journey begins in Shoshone, Idaho at U.S. Highways 26 and 93. You can then head north on Highway 75 and visit the fascinating Shoshone Ice Caves and Sculptured Canyon. A must-see is the Ernest Hemingway Memorial in Ketchum. Heading over Galena Pass, you can enjoy the great outdoors in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Travel further north to Redfish Lake. It is Idaho’s largest and deepest alpine lake, featuring a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
Peaks to Craters Byway
Discover Idaho’s otherworldly dimension with a trip to the vast Craters of the Moon National Monument in southeast Idaho. It’s located on Idaho Highway 26 between Carey and Butte City. It features thousands of acres of unique rock and lava formations. There are many things to experience on this trip, including the Lost River Mountain Range which features Idaho’s highest peak, Mt. Borah. Other stops include the Carey Lake Wildlife Management Area, the stunning Lost River Valley, and the town of Arco, which bills itself as the “first city in the world lit by Atomic Energy.”
Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
You’ll both hear and feel the water roar over these amazing falls. The Byway begins in Ashton where U.S. Highway 20 and Idaho Highway 47 meet. Be sure and stop at the Teton Overlook for some extraordinary views of the nearby Teton Mountain Range. There are several campsites located at the Grandview Campground, as well as the Big Falls Inn and Stage Coach Stop interpretive center. Farther north, get your Old West on at the fun-filled Eagle Ridge Adventures dude ranch with lots of western-themed family activities.
Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
The historic town of Idaho City, a former mining community, is located around 20 miles north of Boise. It’s fun to pan for gold, visit the ghost town gallery, and enjoy both camping and fishing along the way from Idaho City to the south fork of the Payette River. At Grandjean you’ll travel between the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Salmon-Challis National Forest. After traveling over Banner Summit, you’ll descend into Stanley and nearby Stanley Lake. Take advantage of the soothing waters of Kirkham Hot Springs while you’re there.
The Road to Sensational Savings Starts at Knudtsen Chevrolet
Selecting an award-winning new 2015 Chevy from your friends at Knudtsen Chevrolet is the perfect way to start off your summer Idaho road trip. Take the versatile and well-equipped 2015 Chevy Equinox, for example. It’s got plenty of room for all your gear, is loaded with the latest technology and safety features, and packs a winning combination of spirited performance and fuel efficiency. It’s just one of the many outstanding new Chevys you’ll find at our Coeur d’Alene-area Chevy dealership in Post Falls; serving Spokane and the Spokane Valley. Stop by and see us at 1900 Polston Avenue, Post Falls, ID 83854. Or schedule a test drive by calling 877-270-3220. For Service, please call 877-310-0364.
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