Destination guide

Things to do, see, and experience while in Sun Valley

A popular ski destination, Sun Valley is a resort city located in central Idaho. Travelers staying at Sun Valley vacation rentals won't be far from Bald Mountain, home to some of the finest powder during the winter months when skiers cascade up and down its many majestic slopes. Just 2 miles from Ketchum, the city also hosts an assortment of concerts, public events, art exhibits, and festivals. It's also a go-to destination for outdoor enthusiasts with its abundance of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, and winding trails.

Things to do

Places to see and visit in Sun Valley

Places to see in Sun Valley Idaho include Hemingway Memorial Park, nearby Atkinson Park, and the encompassing Sun Valley Lodge and its complex of shops and restaurants. Artwork and exhibits from local, regional, and national artists can be seen in the city's lively arts district. The historic Sun Valley Opera House boasts a 324-seat state-of-the-art movie theater. Spend the day in the adjacent city of Ketchum to explore the Sun Valley Museum of History and the Ore Wagon Museum. Rainmaker Splash Park is a popular go-to family destination daily from June through August.

Activities

Activities to enjoy in Sun Valley

Bikers will appreciate 30-plus miles of paved paths, while hikers are welcome to enjoy nearly 400 miles of single-track trails. The city is also a golfer's paradise with spacious greens and appealing amenities like on-site restaurants. From fun, funky antique shops to specialty stores nestled at the base of ‘Baldy,’ shopping opportunities abound here. Towering pines and small lakes are perfect places to spot native birds. Some activities Sun Valley, Idaho, travelers may also want to add to their to-do list include wine tasting, cheese sampling, nightclubbing, making day trips to Ketchum, and enjoying live music while sipping local craft beer.

Weather

Weather Sun Valley's seasonal travelers can expect

Nestled within the Greater Wood River Valley, Sun Valley has a combination humid-continental, semi-arid, and subarctic climate. Travelers at summer Sun Valley vacation rentals will be treated to temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with July being the warmest month here. Winter brings cooler temperatures ideal for nights spent around cozy fireplaces. Roughly 30 inches of snow falls annually in Sun Valley, a city that also sees more than 200 days of sun and nearly 20 inches of rain each year. Sun Valley's comfort index is higher than the national average.

Natural features

Sun Valley's natural and geographic features

The most prominent Sun Valley natural feature is Bald Mountain, one of the highest summits of Idaho's Smoky Mountains. A small mountain saddle splits the city into two sections. The elevation here reaches nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, making the area a perfect gathering spot for bald eagles, peregrine falcons, woodpeckers, and nearly a dozen other easily recognizable birds. Before heading back to Sun Valley vacation rentals, travelers can soak in hot springs in the Sawtooth Recreation Area and the Ketchum Ranger District. Wildlife on display locally includes woodland caribou, grizzly bears, and more than 40 game fish species.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Sun Valley

Fly into Sun Valley, ID (SUN-Friedman Memorial), the closest airport, located 13.1 mi (21.1 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Sun Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 763 vacation rentals near Sun Valley. From 202 Houses to 428 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sun Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Sun Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sun Valley:

  • Elkhorn Village: 192 vacation rentals
  • Thunder Spring: 59 vacation rentals
  • Elkhorn Twin Creeks: 35 vacation rentals
  • Highlands: 155 vacation rentals
  • Saddle View: 55 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sun Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sun Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sun Valley Ski Resort: 767 vacation rentals
  • Elkhorn Golf Club: 767 vacation rentals
  • Dollar Mountain: 767 vacation rentals
  • Big Wood Golf Course: 767 vacation rentals
  • Ernest Hemingway Memorial: 767 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sun Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sun Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 202 Houses in Sun Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sun Valley include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 428 rentals available
  • Cabins: 13 rentals available
  • Cottages: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sun Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 332 vacation rentals with pool available in Sun Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.