Idaho Vacation Ideas

Idaho Vacation Ideas #1: Spend some time in at an Idaho backcountry guesthouse. Experience the land as Lewis and Clark did, in its natural state. Learn about the native Sacajawea people. Enjoy horseback riding, fishing, river floats, hiking, cattle drives and more. A few of these ranches are 100 Acre Wood Resort, Broken Arrow Resort, Indian Creek Guest Ranch, Syringa Ranch, and Hearthstone Lodge.

Idaho Vacation Ideas #2: By Boise area resident Jeannette - Boise, Idaho is a beautiful city nestled between the mountains in a high desert valley.

The arid climate means summer is nearly void of rainy days providing incredible opportunities to take day trips to the mountains and surrounding small mountain towns.

In addition to the many recreational opportunities such as white water rafting, hiking and mountain biking.

The area offers numerous summer outdoor theatrical performances and lots of family-friendly entertainment including Roaring Springs Water Park, Zoo Boise, and much more.

In the winter, snow sports are a favorite activity here. Bogus Basin ski resort is a short and scenic 45 minute drive from town and offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and a terrific tubing hill.

We also have several other ski resorts within a couple hours from town. Our winters tend to be much milder than most would expect.


Idaho Vacation Ideas #3: Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to the largest sand dune in North America. For 15,000 years sand has been collecting here and the dune now stands at 470 feet. The area is good for viewing desert wildlife. The small lakes at the foot of the dunes offer excellent bass and bluegill fishing.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #4: Silver City Ghost Town, in Owyhee County, was a thriving silver mining town until 1889 when the mines finally played out. Today you can still get a good feel for what life was like back then because so much of the original town has been preserved. In fact the Idaho Hotel is still in operation and is being fully restored.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #5: Coeur d'Alene, located in northern Idaho, has a wide variety of things to do. Play golf on America's most beautiful resort golf course (according to Gold Digest). Enjoy a lake cruise on beautiful Coeur d'Alene Lake. Try your luck at one of the 1000 slot machines, off-track betting, or bingo at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Bingo & Casino. Family fun and adventure is at Silverwood Theme Park, largest theme park in the Northwest.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #6: Rent a houseboat on Lake Pend Oreille, at Sand Point, and fish out your front door for world-record size Kamloops. Lake Pend Oreille is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the western U.S. The lake is 1200 feet deep and has over 100 miles of pristine shoreline. Besides fishing and relaxing you can try some waterskiing, sailing, or windsurfing.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #7: Kellogg, Idaho, is home Crystal Gold Mine, an authentic 1880's underground gold mine. This official tourist Historical Attraction is open for tours. The Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum has mining exhibits from the Bunker Hill Mining and Smelting Company. Also in Kellogg, is the Miner's Monument dedicated to the miners 91 miners lost in the 1972 mine fire.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #8: Visit the museums at Nez Perce National Historic Park Headquarters in Spalding. See exhibits and films that tell the story and culture of the Nez Perce people. The Nez Perce National Historic Trail starts its Idaho section at Lewiston. Then goes across north-central Idaho to Lolo Pass. The trail marks and commemorates the route taken by the Nez Perce natives as they were pursued by the U.S. Army in 1877.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #9: Ketchum is a small town with western pioneer charm. Take a chairlift ride for some great views. Nearby Bald Mountain is great for hiking, picnicking and horseback riding. In August celebrate Wagon Days Celebration with flapjack breakfasts, band concerts, music, and dancing. Winters you can head out of town to Sun Valley Ski Resort for a sleigh ride or ice skating.
Idaho Vacation Ideas #10: Hunters can spend a four day vacation at Flying B Ranch in Idaho and enjoy some of the world's best mixed-bag shooting - Hungarian partridge, pheasants, huns and chukar and more. Flying B Ranch is a five-star 12,000 square-foot hunting lodge.

They provide hunting vehicles, excellent guides and a variety of hunting dogs to choose from - Elhew pointers, labs, shorthairs, and Brittanys. If your idea of a great vacation is big country bird hunting where a typical party of three can bag thirty or forty birds a day, then check out Flying B Ranch.


Idaho Vacation Ideas #11: Drive the scenic 22 mile long Hells Canyon Scenic Byway and stop at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Center. It's North America's deepest river gorge. Here you can take a guided float trip or a jet boat out on the Snake River. Tour Hells Canyon Dam. With some 900 miles of trails there is plenty of opportunity to hike and bike as well as camping.

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