The Hemingway Memorial is simple and stoic, engraved with the epitaph, "Best of all, he loved the fall" (actually written by Hemingway as a eulogy for a friend). Not at all a showy attraction of the sort more indigenous to the Sun Valley. And that's what the Hemingway legacy does for this area—it bestows upon a certain solemnity and touch of high-culture. Because Hemingway was here. A mandatory stop if you're in the area.

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Away Travel Expert: Brian Kevin
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  • You don't really find the Hemingway Memorial unless you know where to look. It's best accessed from the Trail Creek bike path, although it's not visible from there or the road. Park your bike about a mile after you pass the Sun Valley Resort (a small roadside parking lot marks the spot from the road). From there, head about 100 feet south of the trail until you see the memorial come into view.
  • For more Hemingway relics, drop by the exhibit in Papa's name at the Heritage and Ski Museum in Ketchum.
  • Hemingway is buried the Ketchum cemetery, beneath a flat stone that's difficult to find. Stay to the right after entering, following the road that encircles the burial area. Look for two tall pine trees standing adjacent to one another on the right side of the road, between which you'll find stones for Hemingway and his fourth wife, Mary Walsh Hemingway.

One mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge on Trail Creek Rd.
Trail Creek Rd.
Ketchum, Idaho

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