See the Boise River Festival. There are over 70 hot air balloons flying, concerts, family events and one of the largest fireworks displays in the world. (Larger than New York City Fireworks show!!)
Fondest memory: The people are friendly, the weather is marvelous, the mountains are spectacular and the local Wine, Fishing and Golf seem to get better everyday.
Favorite thing: Here is a far away picture of us on top of the 'Lost Arrow Spire'. Here you can see really how big it is, and how much it looks like a giant thumb! Someone is repelling off the right side too, but I can't tell who it was! :)
Fondest memory: We camped behind the 'Breadloaves' (name of a series of rocks). One of the guys that came on our trip with us brought a bunch of drums he made. We had an all-night drum circle. It was so amazing and fulfulling! There is nothing like drum beats around a fire under the stars in the wilderness!!!!!!!!
Favorite thing: This is me climbing 'Sunrise Spire' This was about a 150 foot climb. It was a really fun climb! The top of this spire, though, was so tiny and skinny, you had to stay clipped in in order to avoid falling!!
Go to City Of Rocks! If you are a rock climber, this place is paradise! I went on a trip with My Mom and a bunch of other people. It was so fun.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of City of Rocks was climbing the 'Lost Arrow Spire.' With myself only being 5'1' tall, there were some easy reaches for tall people that were literally long leaps of terror for me! What a Rush!!!!! But I made it, and the top was glorious!!!
Favorite thing: Of course, Idaho has skiing. And the powder is ever bit as good as Utah's. Idaho just wants to keep it more of a secret. There are several options to ski the mountains of Idaho but my favorites are on near opposite sides of the state. My first choice in the north is a little know ski area called Silver Mountian (see the picture for the map). This place has undergone several remodling and building phases in the last few years but the skiing has always been outstanding. They have the longest ski gondola in the US. No lie. So why haven't you heard of it. Because, the locals don't want to stand in lines. My next favorite is Grand Targee in South East Idaho just west of the famous Jackson Hole. This is another well kept secret of the locals for the same reason as Silver Mountain. Idon't have a good picture of the ski area so here's a ski area map to view. During the summer you can still ride to gondola for some beautiful sight seeing. They love to have Jackson Hole get all the attention. The fact of the matter is that Grand Targee, although it doesn't have all the cliffs and steep chutes as Jackson, has 10 times the number of deep powder days. The views of the Tetons are even more extraordinary. Lodging is much cheaper and you don't have a bunch of traffic to fight going in and out of town like Jackson Hole. My other favorite is Schweitzer, near Spokane but if you go during a holiday or Saturday be prepared to spend a little time standing in lines. I don't know about you but I don't like paying to stand in line. So hit it on a clear week day for the best bang for your buck. If it is overcast/foggy on the mountain, find something else to do. Sun Valley has some great ski terrain but the clientelle can be a bit pretentious, you might say. I am trying to be nice here. Here's a great link for information on all Idaho Ski Resorts.
Favorite thing: In the northern part of the state, often refered to as the 'pan handle' you will find great recreation. Coeur d'Alene is a beautiful town situated at the north end of a lake of the same name. This site has detailed information about Coeur d'Alene. and surrounding area. A great 1/2 day drive awaits those who travel around the lake to St. Maries and back out the Interstate Hwy 90 at scenic Mission Cataldo. This old mission is built on a low bluff over looking the Couer d'Alene River. It is the oldest building in the state. Sandpoint is north of Coeur d'Alene about 30 minutes and is located on the northwest shores of Lake Pend Oreille. This near the location of Schweitzer Ski Area which on a sunny day offers incredible views of the lake and surrounding valley and mountainous area. If you were headed toward Glacier National Park continuing to Hwy 2 in to Montana is a most excellent drive. The picture is of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Ponderay-those French words always confuse me) from the north east side of the lake.
Take your time. The country is stunning. You don't need an expensive camera to bring home such beauty. If you like to ski, check into Silver Mountain and Grand Targee. While visiting Grand Targee stay in Driggs or Victor. These towns are a great place to use as a home base from where to take day drives. Like for example West Yellowstone. This is one of the best ways to visit Yellowstone because most of the traffic enters from the south (more on that in my Wyoming page).
Fondest memory: I just am in awe of all the beauty. Craters of the Moon was sure unusually stark but beautiful in is own way. I 'picknicked' with the family at Three Island Crossing near Glenn's Ferry. This is where most settlers crossed the Salmon River along the Oregon Trail. It was also the most feared crossing on the entire trip. Ruts in the dirt across the river can still be seen from the wagon wheels. It was very sobering to fantasize seeing these weary pioneers coming down the opposite bank of the great Snake River. Watching the dust kick up behind the wagons as they cautiously approach the river's edge...the sound of the horses neighing and the occasional wistle and yell of men on horse back keeping their small herd of cattle together. What an incredible trip. What took them 6 months we can do in a couple hours, not including layovers. I thought of flight delays and lost luggage in a different light after this comparison. Take a look at this link of Three Island Crossing they have some great information here.
Idaho's geography is very diverse and offers incredible mountian and high desert scenery. This is one of those states where outdoor entertainment is at its highest. I have hiking and fished some of the most remote wildernesses like the Selway and Sawtooth and long to return. The downhill skiing is excellent but if you want to spend more time skiing then in line you might consider Silver Mountian, near Kellog or Grand Targee, near Idaho Falls. White water rafting/kayaking is hard to beat with rivers like the Salmon and its various forks. Shoshone Falls are the west's Niagara Falls shown to the left although these falls are about 50 feet higher than Niagara.
Fondest memory: We (my family of 5 young kids)made a road trip through Idaho taking Highway 20 across most of the state from Mountain Home. This route takes you along the foothills of the Sawtooth National Forest. It is not heavily traveled and offers beautiful scenery. We camped many of the nights we traveled. Camping and visiting Craters of the Moon was quite a memorable stay. We were able to bring our young children, 2 in backpacks, into several lava tubes (caves). During the Spring, April and May, you will be given one of the most beautiful arrangements of flowers that nature can put together. Seeing such color against the lava bed backdrop is stunning. Arco happened to be celebrating the 4th of July as we passed through. They had a cute hometown parade and carnival with lots of homemade yummies. Arco is near the location of the world's first nuclear power plant. Arco is the first town in the world to be powered by nuclear energy.
Favorite thing: Coure'de'laine Idaho. ---- Beautiful spot on the map. Gorgeous lake with helicopter rides, Para-sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing...just about anything you could want! They have Cruises (2h-dinner cruise) which take you around the lake, dispalying the gorgeous homes along the banks.
Favorite thing: This is the beautiful landscape of northern Idaho. It doesn't look like much, but it's very beautiful, especially if you are there in person.
Hell's Canyon in western Idaho is the deepest river gorge in North America. The canyon walls plunge 7900 feet down to the Snake River.
Fondest memory: We watched some people rafting. I wouldn't try it.
Favorite thing: When I go to Idaho I like to go to Twin Falls! Its a nice place to take the family. They Falls are beautiful!
Get out into the great outdoors. This is another view of Snake River.
Fondest memory: A nice drive to take is from Boise to Idaho Falls.
Favorite thing: See the balloons lift off at sunrise everyday while you enjoy a latte and scone or elephant ear pastry.
We were in Boise to cover a mountain bike race/demo that got rained out and we subsequently spent...more
539 Pole Line Rd, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301, United States
Good for: Couples
1500 Riverstone Drive, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814, United States
Good for: Couples