Where are the best places in Idaho to go on vacation?

Idaho is a fantastic conglomeration of outdoor fun, all kinds of music, and cultural experiences like no other that are perfect for your next vacation. There is nothing better than knowing that wherever you go in Idaho, you are going to have a great vacation. But, where should you go? Where are the best places to visit in Idaho— the best places to go on vacation?

The Rivers

Rivers are another of the most popular reasons to come to Idaho. With the miles and miles of rivers that Idaho has to offer, there are many opportunities for all sorts of fun.

Boise River

There are many different parts to the Boise River, but the one that most people know and love is the part that runs straight through our beloved City of Boise. This river is one that is great for all sorts of activities (as long as it isn’t swollen like in the summer of 2016— always check the river conditions!). Many people love to launch in the Boise River starting at Barber Park in Southeast Boise and float down to the Friendship Bridge at Julia Davis Park in downtown. This is a float that can be a cross between fun and frightening. There are some lazy parts, and some parts that only good swimmers ought to dare.

Payette River

The Payette is another popular river for water lovers, but all should note, it is not one to be trifled with. This river has class five rapids, terrifyingly fast currents, and deep areas where you can easily lose your footing. However, if you are really up for an adventure, then it is a great place for you.

The Payette is also great for fishers. Fish are in abundance in the Payette and it has easily become one of the most popular places to cast a line.

Salmon River

The Salmon River is another of Idaho’s most popular rivers. Sometimes referred to as the River of No Return, the Salmon River still does not scare away adventurers. It runs through northern Idaho, straight through the Frank Church Wilderness. It is a mighty river that is home to many outdoor recreational opportunities.

For many people, the Salmon River is the place for kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and all other water sports. Its course runs for miles at varying speeds, and the fact that is separates into two forks means that there is twice the fun to be had. It is a fantastic place to spend a vacation.

The Salmon River is also great for fly fishers. With the large varieties of fish that are available, it is a veritable paradise for the fisherman/ fisherwoman.

The Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are two more activities one must enjoy to experience the whole Idaho package. There are many places to go carve out the powder, but here are two you need to see!


The Tamarack Ski Resort is one of Idaho’s most well-known. It is a great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding on Idaho’s amazing mountains. However, in the summer, it is also the place for all sorts of other activities. Biking, camping, hiking, and so on are only a few of the great things there are to do.

Tamarack is located in Donnelly which is in the heart of the Cascade Mountain Range. So, when you are done at Tamarack, you can easily come down to Donnelly, Cascade, or McCall for a great bite to eat!


This ski resort is one that is well-loved by the people of Boise. It is only a 20 minute drive from Boise Downtown and is open from November and December to February and March (sometimes into April). It is a great place to visit if you love the snow, whether you ski or board or not. There are also tubing hills and lots of other great things to enjoy.

The Festivals in Idaho

If you are looking to have a great time, then you really ought to look at what kinds of festivals and events you can enjoy while you are vacationing in Idaho. Here we have three of Idaho’s best, and most visited festivals— festivals that will surely make it onto your bucket list to visit once again!

Boise Music Festival

The Boise Music Festival (or BMF as it is sometimes called) is a festival that brings over 80,000 visitors a year. It is full day of music, food, and fun at the Idaho Fair Grounds in Boise. Musical performances are provided by a number of local bands, and a handful of headliners that you won’t want to miss. In 2016 Daughtry, Coolio, Nelly, and Andy Grammar are but a few of the anticipated acts. In the past, groups like Train and Plain White T’s and solo artists like Shaggy and Redfoo have also made an appearance on the BMF stage. It is a fantastic festival that will have you singing and dancing along. Held every June, it is an annual event that is looked forward to by everyone.

McCall Winter Carnival

On the winter side of the calendar, there is always the McCall Winter Carnival. This 2 week long carnival is one that also draws great crowds every January. It is a great place to enjoy local food, pick up some keepsakes, and have a whole lot of fun. Some of the most looked forward to events of the carnival are the snow sculpture contest. Some of the most impressive snow sculptures appear along main street. At the same time you can enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, and much, much more.

Lewiston Dogwood Festival

Though not as costly as the Boise Music Festival, nor as flashy as the McCall Winter Carnival, the Lewiston Dogwood Festival is another great festival that deserves a visit. Every March and April, the festival starts into full swing. Its purpose: to promote the arts and culture of the Lewiston area. There are dog shows, quilting events, lots of good food, and so on and so forth. It is a spectacular event that you will want to see!

The Mountains

The mountain ranges here in the great State of Idaho are some of the most picturesque in the nation and are the quintessential characteristic of an Idaho vacation. Here are three mountain ranges you have to visit on your vacation to Idaho.

The Cascades

The Cascade Mountain range lies just north of Boise. The tail end of it is just beyond Emmitt, which is only 30 minutes from Boise. The Cascade Range is a beautiful chain of mountain peaks that provide shade and shelter for cities like Cascade, McCall, Donnelly, and so forth. It is an awesome range that is full of lakes, rivers, hot springs, and much more.

The Sawtooths

The Sawtooths are one of the most popular places to adventure in Idaho. They are a massive expanse of mountains that stretches out farther than the eye can see. It is lined with razor sharp peaks, lakes clearer than crystal, and some of the most beautiful sights one can ever behold.

In the Sawtooths you can experience some of the best outdoor activities known to man. There are day hikes, backpacking trails, fishing spots, photography opportunities, hunting areas, rivers, lakes, and so much more. The Sawtooths are easily one of the best places to visit if you want to enjoy the full Idaho experience.

The Owyhees

This great mountain range is shared by Idaho, Nevada, and part of Oregon. It lies to the south and west of Boise and Nampa and contains some amazing sights. There are great trails for ATVs, exciting hikes, and much more.

Now, of course, there are many more things you can do in Idaho on your vacation, but these are a great place to start. There are also many great lakes to enjoy, sports teams to watch, and so on and so forth. If you want more ideas on where to go for your Idaho vacation, contact one of our awesome real estate agents. They know all there is to know about Boise, the Great State of Idaho, and many of the fun things to do here. So go ahead, give them a call today!

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