Idaho is a beautiful state that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway in the mountains or a chance to experience all the excitement of a big city, Idaho has it all. But when is the best month to visit? What should you know before you go? In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about visiting Idaho in different months of the year!

So what month should you be visiting? My favorite time is in the early fall, specifically September. However, if you like being on the water, then July! If you like Skiing, January is going to be your best bet. If you are here to see all the wildlife, you might want to be here in November!

The best month to visit North Idaho if you like to ski

Not everyone comes to North Idaho just to enjoy the amazing lakes, fantastic mountain biking trails, and more of the summer, rather they are hoping to gain access to some of the best skiing in the nation. Tucked away, nearby to Sandpoint, Idaho is Schweitzer. This resort offers 2900 acres of skiing, meanwhile has top-of-the-line restaurants, hotels and more.

If you want to make this trip, we recommend visiting in January! While many people may think that December would be the ideal time, January has had enough time to build up a good snow pack on the mountain, and with the holidays being passed, you won’t find quite as many people on the runs.

Best month if you want to enjoy the water

Sure, Skiing is fun, but what if you do want to enjoy the lakes? July is going to be your best bet, as the rain is a thing of the past, making almost every day of the month, perfect beach day weather. You can enjoy many of the amazing lakes that we have here, such as Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, and even lesser-known lakes like Priest Lake .

There are plenty of different places where you can rent full-size boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and more to enjoy being on the lakes themselves. Or you can find your little piece of sand on the free city beaches around the water.

The best month to visit if you want to be a tourist

If you just want to enjoy everything that North Idaho has to offer, I would highly recommend coming in early September! At this time, the busy season is over, there is more room on the sidewalks, and the heat of the summer has dissipated.

This means you can easily enjoy the different towns, the hiking trails, and the amazing drives through the countryside without being too warm, and without bumping into other people quite as much.

What are the best months to visit North Idaho if you like to bicycle?

This is one of the rare categories where you are able to cycle all year round, and any month will be a great option for you. There are plenty of different places where you can go fat tire biking during the winter, gravel biking during the summer, and mountain biking in the spring and fall. If two-wheeled sports are your thing, then North Idaho is a great option for you.

If you like to join in on a great benefit, then you should at least visit in the middle of June, when the Chafe 150 takes place! This is a 150 mile ride through some of the most amazing roads that America has to offer.

What if you like to view wildlife?

Much like cycling, wildlife is out and about all year round. However, one of my favorite times of the year is in the winter, early spring when bald eagles are in the area. Sometimes you can see a few, or even hundreds at a time. They migrate here to enjoy feasting on the Kokanee Salmon that are in the area at the same time as well.


No matter when you visit North Idaho, there is always going to be something for you to do. Whether it’s skiing in the winter, enjoying the lakes in the summer, or just being a tourist in the fall, we hope that this article has helped you decide when the best month for you to visit would be!

Idaho is truly a state that has something for everyone, no matter what time of year it is. So come and experience all that North Idaho has to offer! You won’t regret it.