Fly-fishing in the Salmon River
Rushing waterfall at Malad Gorge State Park in Hagerman
Rainbow at the base of Shoshone Falls on the Snake River
Bright lights glisten in downtown Boise
The State Capitol Building in Boise
Biking across the Baybrook Court Bridge on the Boise River Greenbelt
Crowds gathering in the grandstand for a speedway show
Moose in the snow in Yellowstone Teton Territory
Dining at the Fork restaurant in downtown Boise
Horseback riding on trails in the Sawtooth Mountain range
A thrill-seeker’s paradise throughout the year
Be sure to check out Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene for boating and lake adventures, Riggins for whitewater and jet boat fun, and then drive to McCall and Boise for rest, relaxation and fine dining. Indulge in a tour of historic downtown Boise to explore its beer, wine and food scene while learning about the local culture.
Once you’re ready to hit the road, it’s off to Stanley, Sun Valley and Ketchum for some of the best mountain biking, skiing and fly-fishing in the world. Travel to Island Park, Idaho Falls and Lava Hot Springs for camping, hot springs and snowmobiling in the winter.
Into the Wilderness
A gateway to the USA's first national park, Yellowstone, eastern Idaho is also home to the Grand Tetons, more fly-fishing and amazing waterfalls. The communities of Victor and Driggs provide easy access to famed ski resort Jackson Hole and are great locations for geotourism. The Teton Geotourism Center in Driggs helps travelers learn how to experience local culture in the majestic Teton Range.
Travel west to discover Craters of the Moon National Monument, where you can camp and hike in old lava fields. For a change of scenery, drive a little farther to Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park and Public Observatory to explore the dunes and lakes.
Four Seasons of Adrenaline
Idaho claims the most whitewater in the lower 48 states, and it’s easy to book trips on the Main Payette River in Boise or on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Embark on a jet boat tour of the Snake and Salmon rivers and Hells Canyon; you’ll see natural wonders, learn about historic sites and explore the shoreline.
Idaho offers skiing the way it ought to be – on fresh powder, with short lines and under blue skies. Enjoy everything from destination resorts such as Schweitzer, Sun Valley and Brundage to local ski areas, including Lookout Pass, Bogus Basin and Tamarack.
In the Northern Region
North of Coeur d’Alene, Silverwood Theme Park is the largest theme park in the northwest USA. The area also is home to the world’s only floating golf green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, where a hand-crafted lake shuttle whisks you from the resort to the links.
Consider an outing to Route of the Hiawatha, where you can hike or bike a 24-kilometer rail-to-trail (a shuttle is available for less-adventurous explorers). Nearby, head to the former silver mining town of Wallace and find the manhole cover that proclaims you’re in the “Center of the Universe.”
The city of Wallace proclaimed their community the Center of the Universe in 2004. Today, a manhole cover represents the spot said to be the exact Center of the Universe; it is celebrated yearly by residents of the city.
Bruneau Dunes State Park contains North America's tallest single-structured sand dune – at 143 meters high.
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River is known as The Niagara of the West. Spilling over a 65-meter drop near Twin Falls, the falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls.
Must see places