This American classic has served as a winter refuge for the rich and famous since its 1935 inception, when Averell Harriman decided to create a grand American ski resort at the end of his Union Pacific train line. Harriman's plans didn't foretell it, but summer months are equally magical here.
Sun Valley serves as the gateway to the 756,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which boasts more than 40 peaks over 10,000 feet. Bald Mountain, home to the resort's world-famous ski slopes, serves as the perfect backdrop to the Sun Valley Golf Course. Or choose from 18 tennis courts, a year-round outdoor ice skating facility, three heated outdoor pools and 35 miles of paved biking and blading trails. High-speed lifts access countless wilderness trails for hikers, picnickers and mountain bikers.
As night falls, the options seem to multiply. Choose from an array of cultural activities. Amble through an abundance of art galleries in both Sun Valley and neighboring Ketchum during an evening Gallery Walk. Wrap up the day at the Sun Valley Opera House with a screening of the 1941 classic "Sun Valley Serenade," starring Sonja Henie. Or catch a performance of the Twilight Jazz Series, sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities.
DON'T MISS The Summer Ice Spectacular features Olympic and World Champion skaters every Saturday night.
BEST DEAL Standard rooms at the Sun Valley Inn start at $124 per night, and a deluxe room at Sun Valley Lodge is $219 per night. Call (800) 786-8259, or visit www.sunvalley.com