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Byways

With 31 scenic byways, Idaho is the nation’s byway state. Reaching into every region and community, these scenic roadways provide unparalleled access to some of Idaho’s most picturesque landscapes and natural attractions.

Theme Park Fun

Yes, Idaho has one. Located north of Coeur d’Alene, Silverwood Theme Park is the largest theme park in the Northwest.

Destinations

OK, so it’s a hike to get here, but when you arrive, you’ll enjoy sunny, blue-sky days, wandering rivers and plenty of fresh air. Depending on your itinerary, be sure to check out Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene for boating and lake adventures, Riggins for whitewater and jetboating fun, then drive to Boise and McCall for rest, relaxation and fine dining. 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. Wrap up your Idaho stay with travels to Island Park, Idaho Falls and Lava Hot Springs for camping, hot springs and snowmobiling nirvana in the winter.

Whitewater

With the most whitewater in the lower 48, Idaho is a whitewater paradise. From half-day trips on the Main Payette in Boise to multiple day outings on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, if you crave an adrenaline rush, there’s a river trip and guide ready to make waves with you.

Yellowstone

A getaway to America’s first national park, eastern Idaho is home to the Grand Tetons, fly-fishing and amazing waterfalls. The communities of Victor and Driggs provide direct access to Jackson Hole and are great locations to experience geotourism up close and personal.

Skiing and Snowboarding

With over 20,000 skiable acres, Idaho offers skiing the way it ought to be – powder, short lines and blue skies. Enjoy everything from destination resorts like Schweitzer, Sun Valley and Brundage, to local ski areas including Lookout Pass, Bogus Basin and Tamarack.

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Fun Fact

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One-third of all potatoes grown in the US come from Idaho.

Must see places

Boise River Greenbelt

This 40-kilometer bicycle and pedestrian path along the Boise River connects 340 hectares of wilderness and 15 city parks. Spend an afternoon birdwatching, swimming in the natatorium pool, picnicking or playing golf. 

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Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Volcanoes and other intense geologic activity formed this dramatic park over the past 15,000 years. Visitors can hike, go caving, explore lava tubes and camp on a lava field.

 

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Lava Hot Springs

Steaming hot mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth into the five pools at the springs, where visitors can relax and rejuvenate. Families love the water slides, Kiddie Cove and Olympic-size pool.

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Snake River

Snake River

The Snake River forms much of Idaho’s western border. Go hiking at Snake River Canyon Rim Trails, cast a fly-fishing line at Henry’s Fork, visit Shoshone Falls or go jet boating at Hells Canyon.

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World Center for Birds of Prey

See eagles, owls, hawks, condors, falcons and other endangered birds of prey from around the world at this breeding and education center in Boise. Watch live demonstrations and visit the interpretive center.

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Sun Valley

Sun Valley

It’s known as a premier ski area, but Sun Valley draws outdoors enthusiasts, art lovers and foodies all year round. In addition to multiple ski resorts, find golf courses, bike trails, craft breweries and art galleries.

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Silverwood Theme Park

The Northwest’s largest outdoor amusement park, Silverwood has 70-plus rides, shows, attractions and a water park. Open from May through September, this park in Athol is a great place for family fun.

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Clear waters and blue skies at Bear Lake State Park

Bear Lake

Go boating and hiking in the summer and ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter at the “Caribbean of the Rockies” that straddles the Idaho-Utah border. Keep your eyes open for deer, moose, cougars and cranes.
 

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Family cycling along the Route of the Hiawatha near Wallace Idaho

Route of the Hiawatha

Along this 24-kilometer rail trail near the Idaho-Montana border, find 10 train tunnels and seven trestles spanning canyons and forests in the Bitterroot Mountains. Bring your own bicycle or rent one at Lookout Pass Ski Area.

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Taking a boat tour of Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Dramatic vistas await those exploring the USA’s deepest river gorge that forms the Idaho-Oregon border. Drive the scenic byway, go on a contemplative hike or take a thrilling tour of the Snake River aboard a jet boat.

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Snow-capped mountains behind the downtown Boise skyline
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Destination

Boise