How to have the quintessential Idaho experience

Idaho is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places to be in the entire United States. People from all over the country visit Idaho often to experience the best that the great outdoors has to offer. The state is covered with a beautiful and picturesque landscape. Anywhere that you go in the Gem state you will find gorgeous scenery and millions of ways to enjoy it, including camping, hiking, fishing, and in the winter, skiing and snowboarding. No matter what time of the year you visit Idaho, you are sure to be able to have a memorable stay and one of the nicest vacations of your life!

If you have the privilege of spending your summer in Idaho, you are in for an absolute treat. There is so much to do during this part of the year, it’s almost impossible to do all of the fun activities available! With so many rivers throughout Idaho (more miles of river than any other state!), the amount of different water activities available for your enjoyment is truly endless! Those looking for a true adventure should definitely take a trip whitewater rafting. The Gem State is ranked as the best place in the entire country for this water sport, so be sure to take advantage of that while you are here! You can have a short thrill lasting a half-day or so or you can spend anywhere from 3 days to almost a week on Idaho’s most entertaining rapids, with the Salmon, Payette, and Snake Rivers, in particular, having fantastic options for guided tours. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River truly has it all. Everything that people love about whitewater rafting can be experienced there. With a 3,000 ft. change in elevation along the stretch, you will find drastic differences in the environment along the way, so you will always have something fresh to check out and admire on your way down the river. You will get to check out beautiful trees all around you on the mountainside towards the beginning and towards the end, you will be surrounded by granite walls. The rapids here are well-known for their frequency and fun! You are sure not to be bored during this trip, as you will always have something gorgeous to look at and waves to ride! In taking a guided tour, all you will really need to bring is a swimsuit, shorts, t-shirts, a water bottle, and waterproof shoes. As long as you have these simple things, the guided tour will provide you with a life jacket and you are set and ready to go for an amazing adventure!

Another great way to enjoy the great outdoors during an Idaho summer is by spending time in the many forests and mountains that cover the state. Whether you are hiking, biking, backpacking, or camping, you are sure to find a secluded place to enjoy yourself. If your time in Idaho brings you to the northern part of the state, Priest Lake State Park is an awesome place to go enjoy a nice hike. There are more than 10 perfect hiking trails in the area. Along your way, you will have the privilege of getting to check out some beautiful wildlife and clear picturesque water. The paths in the area are simple day hikes that capitalize on the beauty that Idaho nature holds while providing a relaxing, leisurely stroll through the forest. The Upper Priest Lake Trail moves along the shoreline of Priest Lake and offers plenty of great sights to see on the way, including an old mining shaft calling back to the Idaho gold rush craze of the 1800s. Those looking for a little more adventure during their hike should be sure to pay a visit to the Saddleback Lakes, where you will find a challenging trail leading to an access point to Elephant Perch, one of the best rock climbing locations in the state. Whether you want to climb the Perch or just admire from the bottom, the difficult hike is well worth it for the amazing view that you will find when you get there! These are just two of the thousands and thousands of hiking locations found all over the state. The different trails range in difficulty so that the thrill-seeker, as well as the casual hiker, will be sure to find a place to enjoy. Other really popular paths in Idaho include the Redfish Lake trail, City of Rocks National Reserve, and Craters of the Moon National Preserve. What makes these particular trails so loved are the unique sights to check out, especially the breathtaking rock formations found in City of Rocks and the deep craters created by a lava flow at Craters of the Moon.

These are just a few of the great activities that you will have a great time with during a summer trip to Idaho, but there are just as many great things to do in the winter! The mountains in the Gem State provide great places to snowmobile, snowshoe, and above all, ski and snowboard. There are so many ski resorts dotting the state, all with an abundance of amazing slopes for beginners and experts. A true must-visit during an Idaho vacation in the winter is Sun Valley ski resort, found in Southern Idaho. Sun Valley seems like it was tailor-made for the purpose of these winter sports! This potential was realized a long time ago when the world’s first-ever ski-lift was built there. Bald and Dollar Mountains have very few trees, allowing you to glide through the snow unhindered, and they are in the ideal spot to get the prime amount of sunlight, so you’ll get to feel the sun’s warmth as you are skiing and snowboarding!

As you can see, the ideal way to experience Idaho is by allowing yourself to enjoy the great outdoors! Whether it is summer, winter, spring, or fall, the weather will be ideal for many adventurous activities. Enjoy your time in Idaho, and be sure you make the most out of the outdoor adventures available to you!


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