A spectacular and impressive state, Idaho is a land of many contrasts. Within its borders there’s a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon, a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, sand dunes taller than Death Valley’s and historical trails as old as the U.S. itself. Wherever you travel in Idaho, you’ll find spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities. You’ll also find a place that’s unhurried, unspoiled and unassuming.
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.