Summer Adventure Guide

100 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

Maybe you like your summer days bursting with activities, festivals, races, and road-trips to new destinations. Or perhaps your ideal summer day is full of relaxation, quiet, and leisure. Do you want an epic adventure or easy, family-friendly vacation idea? Perhaps you want to mix-it-up more this summer, between beach days and backpacking trips and …

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Visit Harrison, Idaho, for On-The-Lake Fun

If you’re looking for a relaxed but interesting place with plenty of recreation and some historical character, Harrison’s your town. Nestled in northern Idaho at the mouth of Coeur d’Alene Lake, Harrison’s a small town with big adventure opportunities. With it’s stretching lake views and hills full of pines, it’s a beautiful spot to fish, …

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Glamping: Glamorous Camping for the Modern Outdoor Enthusiast

Tent glamping is a unique, comfy way to introduce your family to camping that involves anything from a canvas wall tent, to a tipi, yurt, safari tent, or pole tent. One of the biggest differences between these tents and your polyester nylon dome tent is the solid floor and usually-raised wooden, stone, or concrete platform. …

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Explore Nature with These Outdoor Themed Book Recommendations

Enjoy one of these books with local or regional significance while out on your next summertime adventure. The Spokane River (2018) edited by Paul Lindholdt: A newly-published collection of essays and poems on the environment—with reflections from 28 contributors—including Jess Walter, Tod Marshall, Sherman Alexie, Jerry White (Spokane Riverkeeper), Beatrice Lackaff (OTO writer), and many …

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Summer Planning

My hand-drawn, cluttered summer calendar was stressing me out with its arrows, stickers, and Sharpie color-coded notes for different activities: swimming lessons, camping trips, art day camps, pool days, park visits, free outdoor movies. It was visually kid-friendly, for sure, and provided structure and routine. I wanted this calendar to make me feel prepared and …

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Race and Explore in the Silver Valley this June

This June, the Silver Valley’s where it’s at. With an extreme dirt bike endurance race on the beautiful Silver Mountain, an epic downhill mountain bike race at the Silver Mountain Bike Park, and a great many outdoor adventure opportunities in between, it’s a fantastic family vacation destination. Float or fish on the Coeur d’Alene river, …

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Go Play Outside: Summertime Events in Idaho’s Silver Valley

North Idaho’s Silver Valley between 4th of July Pass east of Coeur d’Alene to Lookout Pass near the Montana state line has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years into a hub for outdoor adventure and unique events. Case in point: check out this impressive list of outdoors-oriented events. Experience the evolution of the Silver …

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100 Fun Things to Do Outside this Summer

June 4 is National Trails Day – go for a hike! Check out Indian Painted Rocks, a 6.8-mile round-trip loop trail within the Riverside State Park Little Spokane River Natural Area. wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/little-spokane-river. June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month. In fact, June 25 is National Backyard Campout Day – an easy “staycation.” Play …

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