What to see in Idaho


Idaho doesn't attract as many travellers as it deserves, but this suits those who do visit because the appeal of the state is firmly rooted in active outdoor pursuits, unspoiled wilderness and a no-nonsense pioneer heritage. Idaho conjures images of lonely mountain cabins rather than strip-malls and fast food joints, and in many ways a visit to the state feels like a refreshing exit from modern America.

Idaho's greatest draw card is its ski slopes and this otherwise often-overlooked state regularly features on lists of the top ski destinations in the US. The famous Sun Valley ski resort is a long-term favourite with American snow bunnies and generally considered Idaho's most popular tourist attraction. Boise, the capital, also has its own backyard snow playground in the form of the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Boise boasts some interesting cultural sightseeing but outside of the city the vast majority of Idaho's top attractions are scenic. The weird lunar landscapes of the Craters of the Moon National Monument are a unique sight. The Sawtooth National Forest, in the centre of the state, promises pristine forest and mountain landscapes, as well as more than 300 lakes. Hell's Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, also attracts adventurers.


Wallace, Idaho has the distinction of a downtown centre in which every building is listed on the National Register of…

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Bogus Basin, the remarkable recreation area in Boise's backyard, has grown from a small ski hill with a rope tow into…

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Craters of the Moon

About 15,000 years ago, Idaho was shaped by volcanoes, and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a fascinating…

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