From a quick day trip driving a scenic byway to spending six days on a guided river trip, an Idaho itinerary can look quite different. If you’re looking to add some excitement, Idaho has an outdoor adventure for you. Here’s a list of some favorite excursions and places to visit.
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.
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.
Idaho is home to a Golf Trail featuring four scenic loops spread across the state. Enjoy resort accommodations and play at Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Resort, or Sun Valley and Teton Springs Lodge and Spa.
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.
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.
You’ll know you’re here when…
You don’t find a lot of people, but those that you do find are waving to passers-by and comfortably talking with strangers.
Put these events on your calendar
- Boise Saturday Market (mid-April to mid-December)
- McCall Winter Carnival
- Festival at Sandpoint (August)
- Trailing of the Sheep in Sun Valley (October)
- ShoBan Festival (August).
Top photo opportunities
- The Center of the Universe sign in Wallace
- Little Red Fish Lake outside Stanley
- Idaho’s Teton Valley from Hwy 33 east of Tetonia
- Confluence of the Selway and Lochsa rivers to form the Clearwater at Lowell
- Mesa Falls on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
- Thousand Springs on the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway.
- National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier
- World Center for Birds of Prey
- Sacred Encounters at Cataldo Misson State Park.
Want to stay up late?
Bruneau Sand Dunes, the largest public observatory in the U.S., for great star- and moon-gazing. Or Spud Drive-In Theatre in Teton Valley, one of the last drive-ins left!
Your child will always remember…
…the name of the horse they rode or a jet boat ride in Hells Canyon.
- Yellowstone Bear World outside Rexburg
- Dog Bark Park at Cottonwood
- Perrine Bridge over the Snake River Canyon.
- Owyhee Toffee from Idaho Candy Co
- A bottle of wine from one of 45 Idaho wineries
- Beer from one of 20 micro-breweries
- Huckleberry syrup or jam (available throughout the state).
History happened here
Nez Perce Trail, Lewis and Clark Trail, Oregon Trail and Silver Valley Mining.
Whitewater rafting or a Hells Canyon jet boat tour.