Idaho

Discover Idaho's magic - mountains, lakes, adventure, and tranquillity awaits

The Gem State

A diverse and surprising experience awaits for Kiwi travellers
Often hailed as the potato capital, Idaho extends beyond its agricultural fame, revealing a tapestry of stories along its 31 scenic byways where the beauty, history, and culture you discover tell the real tale.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be captivated by its stunning landscapes. The majestic Rocky Mountains that stand tall, serene lakes mirror the sky, and powerful waterfalls create a harmonious melody. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in the thrill of activities - hiking trails that wind through wilderness, exhilarating ski slopes, and the rush of white-water rafting.

Idaho's allure isn't just about sampling world-renowned potatoes. It's about putting on your golf shoes for the island green at Coeur d’Alene, screaming on the roller coasters at Silverwood, standing in awe of Shoshone Falls, or losing yourself in the vast outdoors. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks also spill over into Idaho's borders, granting access to some of the most iconic natural wonders in the world.

Embark on an unexpected adventure in this unspoiled gem, where authenticity, beauty, and unspoiled charm defines the American Northwest.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Idaho. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Arco, Idaho

Explore caves and trails at Craters of the Moon National Monument, formed by ancient volcanic activity and featuring a vast ocean of lava flows, cinder cones, and unique geological formations that resemble an otherworldly terrain. Visitors to this eerie destination can explore lava caves, hike trails amid the rugged beauty, and witness the intriguing aftermath of volcanic eruptions.

Route of the Hiawatha

Wallace, Idaho

The Route of the Hiawatha, one of North America's most scenic bike trails, stretches 24 kilometres through Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains. It features 10 train tunnels, nine of which are bike-accessible, and 7 soaring trestle bridges. A standout feature is the 2.5-kilometer-long Taft Tunnel. This route, dotted with informative signs about its rich railroad history, caters to all cycling levels and for added convenience, bike rentals and shuttle services are readily available.

Snake River Canyon

Twin Falls, Idaho

Located in southern Idaho, Snake River Canyon offers breathtaking views as visitors can marvel at the cliffs that line the river, carved over millennia by the powerful forces of nature. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Snake Canyon for activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking, and scenic hikes along its 16km trail along the South rim of the canyon from Shoshone Falls to Twin Falls City.

Idaho Potato Museum & Potato Station Cafe

Blackfoot, Idaho

Celebrating the significance of the potato in shaping Idaho's identity and agricultural heritage, the Idaho Potato Museum showcases exhibits about potato farming, processing, and an array of unique potato-related artifacts. The on-site Potato Station Cafe offers visitors a chance to try out any number of delicious potato-based dishes.

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley, Idaho

Enjoy a world-class skiing experience at the Sun Valley Resort with its breathtaking alpine scenery and well-groomed slopes. The resort boasts a range of trails suitable for various skill levels, from beginners to advanced skiers. Sun Valley's legacy as one of the first winter resorts in the U.S. and home to the first ski chairlift makes it a must-visit for snow sport enthusiasts.

Silverwood Theme Park

Athol, Idaho

Enjoy the thrills, spills, and water slides at Silverwood Theme Park – the largest family-friendly amusement park in the American Northwest. It boasts over 70 rides and attractions, including thrilling roller coasters like Tremors and Aftershock, and Boulder Beach Water Park. Located just 15 minutes from Couer D’Alene Silverwood provides a memorable experience for visitors seeking fun and excitement.

Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

Boise, Idaho

Inspired by Anne Frank's diary and her messages of hope, the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is an 81-acre educational park featuring poignant quotes, sculptures, and interactive displays that address issues like discrimination and social injustice. A meaningful opportunity for contemplation.

Shoshone Falls

Twin Falls, Idaho

Be mesmerised by the "Niagara of the West," - a breathtaking natural wonder in southern Idaho with a height surpassing that of Niagara Falls. Shoshone Falls roars into life during the spring and early summer as the Snake River flows generously and offers stunning viewpoints, hiking trails and the chance to witness its awe-inspiring power.

Boise River Greenbelt

Boise, Idaho 

Cycle along the Boise River Greenbelt, a picturesque trail that spans alongside the river, offering cyclists a gentle journey through lush parks, charming bridges, and tranquil water views. Perfect for both recreational riders and serious cyclists, the Greenbelt provides an escape into nature within the capital city.

Yellowstone Bear World

Rexburg, Idaho

Keep an eye out for wildlife at Yellowstone Bear World, a wildlife park located 130km from Yellowstone National Park that offers a close encounter with North American wildlife. With its drive-through experience Yellowstone Bear World offers a memorable and family-friendly opportunity to perhaps observe bears, bison, elk, and more in a safe environment.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Ketchum, Idaho

Take the opportunity to go hiking in Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 756,000 acres of beautiful mountainous scenery amid stunning landscapes. With a network of trails that cross lush valleys, alpine meadows, and rugged peaks, hikers can immerse themselves in nature's beauty from casual strolls to challenging treks.

Mesa Falls

Ashton, Idaho

Upper Mesa Falls showcases a thunderous waterfall, as tall as a 10-story building, cascading over remnants of an ancient volcanic eruption. Just a further 1 ½ km south, Lower Mesa Falls offers a similar spectacle, with the river persistently shaping the hardened ash and lava. These natural wonders remain untouched by human interference, making them pristine attractions on the Snake River.

Coeur d’Alene Lake

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Nestled in the scenic Idaho Panhandle, is a jewel of natural beauty and outdoor recreation, spanning over 40 kilometres and surrounded by lush forests and mountains. The lake's crystal-clear waters reflect the stunning landscapes, creating breathtaking views. With opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and scenic cruises, Lake Coeur d'Alene is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking serenity and adventure in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

Old State Penitentiary State Historic Site

Boise, Idaho

Built in 1870 and a functional prison through to 1973 the Old State Penitentiary showcases the intriguing history of a former prison facility. Through guided tours, visitors can explore the prison's cells, gallows, and other historic structures, gaining insight into the lives of inmates and the penitentiary's role in Idaho's past.

Hells Canyon

Grangeville, Idaho 

Embark on an adventure to Hells Canyon, a 16-kilometre wide canyon carved out by the Snake River and forming part of the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. Known as North America's deepest river gorge, towering cliffs and wild landscapes define this remote area, offering opportunities for adventure like white-water rafting, hiking, and camping.

Cabinet Gorge Dam

Bonner County, Idaho

Situated on the Clark Fork River in northern Idaho, the Cabinet Gorge Dam offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and engineering marvel. Towering over the scenic canyon, the dam harnesses the river's power to generate hydroelectricity. Visitors can witness the impressive structure and learn about its significance at the nearby visitors’ centre.

Geyser Park

Soda Springs, Idaho

Offers a unique blend of natural wonder and recreational fun. The highlight of the park is the world's only captive geyser, known as the Soda Springs Geyser. This natural phenomenon was capped for safety reasons back in the 1930’s and is set to erupt hourly, shooting water up to 100 feet into the air, delighting visitors of all ages. Beyond the geyser, the park features picnic areas, playgrounds, and walking trails.

Stay in an iconic hotel

Coeur d’Alene Resort, Couer d’Alene

Stay and play at the iconic Couer d’Alene Resort hotel, nestled along the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene and offering a premier golfing experience amidst stunning natural beauty. The resort's crown jewel is its world-renowned floating green, accessible only by boat and providing a unique challenge for golfers promising an unforgettable blend of golf and lakeside relaxation. Travel USA can help bring the picture to life and create a special package designed just for you - contact us for more details.

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