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Sun Valley is the brainchild of the chairman of Union Pacific Railroad, who wanted to create a destination ski resort to increase ridership. The 1932 Winter Olympics and celebrity promotions helped make Sun Valley a popular destination for athletes and travelers alike (including Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway.) Today, the small region of Sun Valley, Idaho encompasses the Sun Valley ski resort and the nearby town of Ketchum.
Hike the rugged trails and take in the breathtaking views of Sawtooth National Recreation Area in spring, summer, and autumn. After a satisfying day of good walking, treat yourself to a dip in one of the 13 soothing hot springs of Sun Valley - bring drinking water and a towel with you. Try local favorite Frenchman's Bend natural hot springs out on Warm Springs Road west of Ketchum.
Drop by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts for a lecture by a famous author, a class on color, or a play performed by the Center's own Company of Fools. Try the Kneadery's stick-to-your-ribs biscuits and gravy on a cold morning. Keep it light with a crispy green papaya salad or go all in with an order of Korean fried chicken at the Asian fusion gem, Rickshaw. Dig into a plate of pork carnitas and a bowl of legendary, spicy salsa verde at Desperado's.
Photo 2: Mountain Images/James Bourret Photography
Photo 3: Steve Platzer