49. McCall, ID
Why go: Tucked onto the southern shore of Payette Lake, McCall is near the center of the Payette National Forest—one of the largest areas of protected wilderness in the continental U.S., with around 2.3 million acres. It’s still warm enough for boating and kayaking during the day, but when the air turns cool, you can head to the Burgdorf Hot Springs just north of town.
Where to stay: The historic Shore Lodge takes advantage of its location in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains by offering tons of adventure activities throughout the fall, starting with one- to six-mile trails right on the property, mountain bikes to borrow, guided pontoon tours, and sailboat rentals.
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