McCall Idaho

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McCall, Idaho is the perfect spot for a family vacation. The resort town is a great place to visit anytime of the year. Add this gorgeous place to your travel bucket list!

McCall Idaho

McCall, Idaho

Last week, we went to McCall, Idaho for a family vacation and had the best time. We went to McCall a few years ago and instantly fell in love. It is one of our favorite places!

McCall is a resort town, about 100 miles north of Boise. The drive is really pretty from Boise to McCall, making the drive worth it:) We drove from Salt Lake City and it took us about 7 hours total. You can fly into Boise and drive or McCall has a small airport.

Payette Lake, Ponderosa State Park, and Brundage Mountain are located in McCall. McCall is an all-season tourist destination for outdoor recreation. The resort town is known for its Winter Carnival, extended winters, summer lake life, and one of the highest average snowfalls in the state. We have only been in the summer, but Josh and the boys want to go in the winter to ski!

Where to Stay in McCall

The Shore Lodge is our favorite hotel in McCall. It is located right on Payette Lake and is very family friendly. The Cove spa is also amazing at The Shore Lodge. We highly recommend staying there!

If you need more room, you can rent a condo or house, just book WAY in advance because places in McCall book up quickly! It is a popular place!

Things to Do in McCall

  • Rent a boat and enjoy Payette Lake. Southwest Idaho hooked us up with Cheap Thrills to rent a boat and they were fabulous! They also rent waverunners and snowmobiles during the winter time. We loved riding around on the lake, it was beautiful and so fun!
  • Go biking! Bike around town or hit up the trails!
  • Tour the McCall Fish Hatchery. Our boys love going to see the fish!
  • Go to Brundage Mountain and ride the lift and hike around for gorgeous views of McCall. If you go in the winter, go skiing or snowboarding.
  • Visit Ponderosa State Park. You can camp or hike around. It is so pretty!
  • Go to the McCall Farmers Market to enjoy fresh local produce, flowers and locally produced meats.
  • Attend the McCall Winter if you go in late January or early February. It is one of the town’s favorite events!

Favorite Restaurants in McCall

  • Rupert’s-located at Hotel McCall. Fine dining, don’t skip dessert!
  • My Father’s Place-a favorite burger and shake place! There is usually a line, but that is a good thing, you know it’s going to be good:)
  • The Narrows Steakhouse-located at the Shore Lodge. Fine dining and a great view of Payette Lake.
  • Stacey’s Cakes-love this bakery! Make sure you stop in for cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cookies…all the things!
  • Ice Cream Alley-a MUST visit! The ice cream is very affordable and they serve up the BIGGEST scoops!

Family Vacation

McCall is the perfect place for a family vacation. It is gorgeous, there are tons of family friendly activities, lots of great restaurants, and the people are so nice!

This year we vacationed with Josh’s brother’s family and the boys loved spending time with their cousins. Here are some photos from our trip! Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions about McCall! We highly recommend going!

McCall Idaho Lake
McCall Idaho Family Trip
McCall Idaho boat
McCall Idaho farmers market
McCall Idaho farmers market lavender
McCall Idaho apricots
McCall Idaho Ice Cream Alley
McCall Idaho Ice Cream
McCall Idaho Stacey Cakes
McCall Idaho forest
McCall Idaho Ponderosa State Park
McCall Idaho Candy Company
McCall Idaho Payette Lake
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  1. Looks beautiful! Idaho is on our list. We love Montana and Park City ( we are East Coasters so don’t get out West too often). Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Hi Abbey , what are your Easy coast picks ? We are new to North Carolina . Going to McCall this summer , but happy to know about great vacation spots near us too .

  2. We used to live in Boise and I miss our summer daytrips to McCall so much! I dream about ice cream alley all summer long. I vote that you make a knockoff of their lemon pie and huckleberry ice creams. I haven’t found anything else like them.

  3. My grandma used to have a house on the top on hill in Cascade, a little below McCall. I remember many summers there and going to McCall for day trips. It warmed my soul to see this post. Thank you so much!

  4. You’ve taken the best Pictures, and definitely captured the area. McCall Idaho has all the wholesome outdoor fun activities. In Ponderosa Park they host events in the summer where they teach kids how to fish and cast a reel. There are also several kid friendly hikes. I went on one hike yesterday / well part of a trail on French Creek Loop and it was a great trail that would be easy to do with kids and or dogs. On the south side of town there is a state park with parking along the Payette River. The river is pretty calm and there is a sandy beach another fun area to take kids and dogs.

  5. Understand our former next door neighbor Kirk Eimers moved to McCall years ago. Rumor has it he owned a lodge on the lake.