Sawtooth National Recreation Area / SNRA, Ketchum
SNRA comprises one of the largest and most magnificent National Recreation Areas in the United States. Four mountain ranges provide scenic landscapes in every direction, with more than 50 major peaks over 10,000 feet, 300 lakes, and 250 miles of trails. There are more than 1,000 high mountain lakes here, as well as the headwaters of four of Idaho's major rivers, the Salmon, South Fork of the Payette, the Boise, and the Big Wood.
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Lewiston & Riggins
Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge was carved by the great Snake River and plunges 8,000 feet below snowcapped He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains. Enjoy scenic vistas that rival any on the continent, world-class whitewater boating, spectacular mountain peaks, diverse and abundant wildlife, artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Arco
Craters of the Moon, often described as a "weird and scenic landscape," is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush, and at 750,000 acres, is the largest volcanic lava field in the mainland of the United States. It was established in 1924 to preserve the unique volcanic features of this enormous lava field, and is an excellent site for hiking, bird watching, photography, backpacking and caving.
Sun Valley, Sun Valley
There can be only one original. Born out of a desire to bring the magic of the European ski resorts to America, Sun Valley quickly became a phenomenon, without peer on this continent or any other. In addition to wintertime’s world class skiing, summertime in Sun Valley means fly fishing, hiking, riding the rapids of the Salmon River, biking on 30 paved miles of trails, award-winning golf courses, festivals, concerts and gallery strolls.
North Idaho Lakes Scenic Drive, Coeur d’Alene
North Idaho is spectacular forest and lake country. No greater concentration of lakes can be found in any other western state. Attractions along the way include cruises on Lake Coeur d'Alene or Lake Pend Oreille, scenic seaplane rides, numerous golf courses, Silverwood Theme Park, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Albeni Falls Recreation Area, Priest Lake and numerous museums. Coeur d'Alene has become a thriving resort community on the north shore of one of Idaho's most beautiful lakes.
Idaho Whitewater Trail, Statewide
Idaho is considered a top destination for whitewater rafting. In addition to having more than 16,000 miles of rivers and streams, Idaho is home to 3,200 miles of whitewater, more than any other state in the lower 48, ranging from the gentler riffles and small waves of a Class II river to the exhilarating rapids of a Class V.
Mesa Falls / Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, Ashton
Connecting with the Teton Scenic Byway at Ashton, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway takes you to two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the West, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. At 110 feet and 85 feet, respectively, they offer equally spectacular views in a beautiful forest setting. Though only about an hour’s driving time, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is often a half-day’s journey, with travelers mesmerized by the spectacular display in the midst of a truly back-country setting.
Yellowstone-Teton Territory, Eastern Idaho
Eastern Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory shares much of the same spectacular beauty and awesome adventure of neighboring Yellowstone & Teton National Parks, but without the crowds. Acclaimed by fly fishing enthusiasts as the best trout fishing stream in the United States, the Henrys Fork of the Snake River, winds through the meadows of Harriman State Park.
Lewis & Clark Trail, North Central Idaho
Idaho features the longest undisturbed section of the original Lewis & Clark Trail, as the Corps of Discovery journeyed through the state in 1805-1806. The Lewis and Clark Trail parallels Highway 12, with several historic sites easily accessible from the road. The Nez Perce National Historical Park, the only national park that celebrates a people instead of a place, is located just outside Lewiston. Learn more about Lewis and Clark, along with the oral history of Sacajawea, and travel the Lewis and Clark Trail in Idaho on your own epic path of discovery.
Silver Valley Historic Area, Kellogg, Wallace
The Silver Valley is an important historical area in Idaho. Gold was discovered a few miles north of Wallace in 1882, which then led to the discovery of silver, lead and zinc in the region. Since that time, the valley's Coeur d'Alene mining district has been one the largest silver mining regions in the world. Mining history provides the traveler unique recreational adventures from exploring ghost towns to panning for gold.