Known for its breathtaking mountains, its excellent fishing, and its awe-inspiring forests, Idaho is a nature lover's paradise no matter what the season. There's no better way to enjoy Idaho's beauty than from the comfort of a resort - here are the best resorts the state has to offer.


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1.Coeur d'Alene Resort

Coeur d'Alene Resort
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Set on the shores of the beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene, the Coeur d'Alene Resort is a luxurious, upscale resort with more than 330 rooms for guests to choose from. The comfortable contemporary rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat -screen TVs; some also boast private balconies, fireplaces, and bay windows with views of the lake. When not relaxing in their rooms, guests are welcome to enjoy the lake, head to the spa for a massage, or play a round of golf on the resort's 18-hole course, which features a unique floating green on the 14th hole.

115 S 2nd St, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814, Phone: 208-209-5031


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2.Sun Valley Lodge

Sun Valley Lodge
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The Sun Valley Mountain Resort has been popular with people from all walks of life since it was first opened in 1936, and the Sun Valley Lodge is the place to stay if you want comfortable accommodation located right on the mountain. The rooms boast custom furnishings and spa-like bathrooms with soaker tubs; some offer extra features like fireplaces, golden granite floors, and spacious sitting rooms. Guests who want an extra-special stay can even book one of the lodge's "celebrity suites", which are named after some of the various stars who have visited the resort over the years.

1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353, Phone: 800-786-8259


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3.Knob Hill Inn

Knob Hill Inn
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Knob Hill Inn is a delightful Alpine-style resort in Ketchum, Idaho, offering convenient access to the beautiful outdoor landscape of the Sun Valley, including the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the skiing opportunities of Dollar and Bald Mountains. 29 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites offer luxurious amenities such as marble bathrooms with oversized tubs, wet bars, private balconies, and flat screen televisions. Some upgraded suites feature full kitchens and private living rooms with cozy fireplaces. Guests can dine at the signature Grill at Knob Hill, which serves up rustic Pacific Northwest cuisine, or enjoy continental breakfast buffets at the hotel's Fireplace Room. All guests receive day passes to the nearby Wood River YMCA, which offers a lap pool and water slide, a rock climbing wall, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Other amenities include a heated indoor pool and hot tub, a business center, and complimentary ski equipment storage.

960 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340, Phone: 208-726-8010



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4.Hotels in Idaho: The Inn at 500 Capitol

Hotels in Idaho: The Inn at 500 Capitol
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The Inn at 500 Capitol is Boise's premiere AAA Four Diamond-ranked hotel, located within the city's center near Julia Davis Park. The luxurious boutique hotel offers elegantly-appointed guest rooms and suites stocked with private butler pantries, contemporary furnishings, and lovely in-room amenities such as 55-inch Smart televisions, Keurig coffee makers, Bluetooth alarm clocks, and gas-burning fireplaces. Luxurious penthouse suites are designed uniquely, featuring oversized spa-style bathrooms with double vanities and walk-in rain showers. All guests can enjoy complimentary resort amenities such as Mercedes-Benz shuttle service, a 24-hour fitness room, and loaner bicycles. The hotel's signature Richard's Restaurant, curated by James Beard Award-nominated executive chef Richard Langston, serves up contemporary-style Italian cuisine paired with fine imported wines.

500 S. Capitol Blvd Downtown Boise, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-227-0500


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5.Les Saisons

Les Saisons
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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ketchum, Les Saison Resort is a luxurious resort property with an exclusive selection of two- and three-bedroom condos furnished with custom lighting, fireplaces, granite countertops, and beautiful handcrafted furniture. All units also come with private patios and barbecues, and guests are also welcome to make use of the communal rooftop pool, soaking tubs, on-site spa, and well-equipped fitness center. The resort is also proud to offer convenient services like daily housekeeping, an on-site concierge, a valet service, and pre-arrival grocery shopping for guests who want to relax as much as possible. Next read: Best Weekend Getaways in Idaho

680 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340, Phone: 208-727-1616


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6.Idaho Hotels: Middle Fork Lodge

Idaho Hotels: Middle Fork Lodge
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As you might guess from the name, the Middle Fork Lodge can be found on the untouched Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The resort is a wonderful blend of rustic and luxurious; despite its remote location, it offers gourmet cuisine, five-star customer service, and comfortable rooms and cabins equipped with marble bathrooms and luxury linens. Guests are also free to enjoy the property's communal spaces, including the dining room in the main lodge and the cozy great room, which features a large stone fireplace. Activities like fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are offered year-round, and staff are also happy to arrange custom special-interest trips.

Salmon River, Cascade, ID 83611, Phone: 877-468-6635


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7.Pend Oreille Shores Resort

Pend Oreille Shores Resort
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Offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos, the Pend Oreille Shores Resort is perfectly set up for a relaxing getaway. All condos are fully furnished, and communal amenities include indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a swimming pool, and an athletic club with racquetball courts and a weight room. Plenty of activities are available year-round; boating, swimming, and canoeing are popular in the summer, while wintertime guests often bring their snowmobiles and skis or snowboards. Canoes and paddleboats can be rented from the resort, and the events team plans fun activities and events for guests of all ages.

47390 ID-200, Hope, ID 83836, Phone: 208-264-5828



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8.Hotels in Idaho: Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Hotels in Idaho: Red Horse Mountain Ranch
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Set on a gorgeous 560-acre property next to the Coeur d'Alene Mountains, the Red Horse Mountain Ranch offers all-inclusive week-long dude ranch vacations made special by their signature Western hospitality. Rates include three meals a day, guided adventure activities, laundry and housekeeping services, and accommodation in either a private cabin or a luxurious suite. Popular activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, archery, and kayaking; a special kid's program is offered for children 3 years and up. The ranch is open between May and October; family packages are available from June to August, and special adult-only packages are offered in September and October.

11077 E Blue Lake Rd, Harrison, ID 83833, Phone: 208-689-9680


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9.Idaho Hotels: River Dance Lodge

Idaho Hotels: River Dance Lodge
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The River Dance Lodge is located overlooking the Clearwater River, and it features a collection of custom-built log cabins and canvas glamping tents that make an excellent base for exploring the surrounding wilderness. The resort specializes in all-inclusive packages that include meals and a full program of activities, but simple accommodation and meal packages are also available for guests who prefer a do-it-yourself approach. A wide range of activities is offered year-round; popular options include rafting or kayaking on the nearby rivers, fly fishing, and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains. In-room massages can also be arranged upon request.

7743 US-12, Kooskia, ID 83539, Phone: 866-769-8747


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10.Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Schweitzer Mountain Resort
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The largest ski resort in Idaho, the Schweitzer Mountain Resort boasts almost 3000 acres of skiable terrain. A variety of accommodation options are available, including two lodges, a good number of on-mountain condos, and an RV park that's open during the summer. There's no shortage of activities for guests to enjoy on the mountain; the winter season primarily draws guests who want to ski and snowboard, but the summer months bring the opportunity to hike, mountain bike, trail run, geocache, and play disc golf. Guests can often book packages that include breakfasts, discounts on lift tickets, and access to other resort amenities.

10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road, Selkirk Lodge, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 877-487-4643


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11.Idaho Hotels: Shore Lodge

Idaho Hotels: Shore Lodge
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Established in 1948, the Shore Lodge is located right on Payette Lake only a mile outside the resort town of McCall. The rustic lodge rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs and mini fridges; some also feature private terraces and fireplaces. Guests who would like more privacy and space can stay in the beachfront cottage, which has a full kitchen and a private hot tub. Dining options include a casual grill and an upscale restaurant serving Pacific Northwest cuisine, and a daily resort fee covers Wi-Fi, on-site parking, a local shuttle, and access to the resort's private beach, pool and hot tub, and tennis courts.

501 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, Phone: 800-657-6464


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12.Idaho Resorts: Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Idaho Resorts: Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
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Nestled in the countryside on the Coeur D'Alene Reservation, the Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel offers a casino, an 18-hole golf course with a driving range, and multiple restaurants and bars for guests to enjoy. There are two hotel buildings to choose from; the spa tower offers modern rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, while the mountain lodge has an excellent selection of rustic, pet-friendly accommodation. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available all throughout the hotel, and there are plenty of other amenities for guests to enjoy as well, including a pool, a tobacco store, and a gift shop.

37914 S Nukwalqw, Worley, ID 83876, Phone: 800-523-2464


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13.Idaho Hotels: Talus Rock Retreat

Idaho Hotels: Talus Rock Retreat
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Housed inside a beautifully rustic stone building, the Talus Rock Retreat caters to visitors looking for a peaceful Tuscan-style getaway. There are four rooms and two suites to choose from; all are individually decorated, and the largest suite can accommodate up to 12 guests. Depending on which room they choose, guests will enjoy in-room amenities like jetted tubs, private balconies or wraparound decks with views of the mountains, and even a private theater. A light continental breakfast is included in the room rate, and cooked breakfast items are available for a surcharge. Dinner can be arranged upon request.

291 Syringa Heights Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 208-255-8458


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14.Idaho Resorts: Tamarack Resort

Idaho Resorts: Tamarack Resort
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Only a two-hour drive away from Boise, Tamarack Resort is an outdoor paradise that's conveniently open four seasons a year. In addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding, the resort offers zipline canopy tours, plenty of hiking trails, guided whitewater rafting trips on the Payette River, a lake with a cabana that rents out everything from kayaks to sailboats, and an excellent selection of restaurants. There is also a wide range of accommodation options for visitors to choose from, ranging from comfortable hotel rooms to cozy mountain-style ski chalets and cottages that can accommodate groups of up to 8 people.

311 Village Dr, Tamarack, ID 83615, Phone: 208-325-1000


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15.Teton Springs Lodge & Spa by Natural Retreats

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa by Natural Retreats
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Teton Springs Lodge & Spa by Natural Retreats is often rated as the best resort in Idaho, and it's not hard to understand why. The resort boasts amenities to cater to people of every interest; highlights include a state-of-the-art spa, on-site heli skiing, stocked fishing ponds, and an elegant wine bar. Other dining options include an American-style restaurant and a poolside grill, which is open only during the summer months. Most guests choose to stay in one of the resort's rooms or suites, which feature flat screen TVs and kitchens or kitchenettes, but several cabins are available as well.

10 Warm Creek Ln, Victor, ID 83455, Phone: 208-787-7235


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16.Hotels Near Me: Teton Valley Lodge

Hotels Near Me: Teton Valley Lodge
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Perched on the riverbank with stunning views of the Teton Mountain Range in the background, the Teton Valley Lodge offers all-inclusive fly-fishing vacations on Henry's Fork, the Teton River, and the South Fork of the Snake River. The all-inclusive packages range from three to six nights in length, and all include chef-prepared meals, complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks, guided fishing trips with all equipment except fishing rods provided, and accommodation in one of the resort's one- to three- bedroom cabins. When not fishing, guests can canoe down the river, enjoy an in-room massage, or watch TV in the comfortable lounge.

3733 Adams Rd, Driggs, ID 83422, Phone: 208-354-2386


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17.Hotels Near Me: The Ashley Inn

Hotels Near Me: The Ashley Inn
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Located only a 10-minute walk away from Lake Cascade State Park, the Ashley Inn offers cozy, individually-furnished rooms with fireplaces. Many of the rooms feature bay windows with views of the mountains, but guests who want to get even closer to nature can head down to the hotel's private beach on the river to use the hotel's canoes and kayaks free of charge. Other amenities include a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, and a hot tub. A breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, and guests are also welcome to enjoy complimentary warm cookies and milk every evening.

500 N Main St, Cascade, ID 83611, Phone: 208-382-5621


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18.The Grove Hotel

The Grove Hotel
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Sitting right next to the CenturyLink Arena, the Grove Hotel is a modern hotel and conference center with more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The contemporary rooms boast marble bathrooms and modern amenities like flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi; some also come with jetted tubs, separate living areas, and direct access to the hotel's public outdoor terrace. There are plenty of other communal spaces for guests to enjoy as well, including a lounge that often hosts live music, a sports bar, and a restaurant with an open kitchen. A complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from the airport.

245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-333-8000


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19.Resorts Near Me: The Lodge at Sandpoint

Resorts Near Me: The Lodge at Sandpoint
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Offering cozy waterfront accommodation, The Lodge at Sandpoint can be found right next to Long Bridge on Lake Pend Oreille. The lodge has its own private beach for guests to use, and there are also two outdoor hot tubs perfect for chillier days. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, and minifridges; some also have balconies with views of the water. Several rustic cabins with kitchens are available for rent as well. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, and guests are welcome to enjoy their other meals at the on-site restaurant, which specializes in New American cuisine.

41 Lakeshore Dr, Sagle, ID 83860, Phone: 208-263-2211


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20.Resorts in Idaho: The Pines at Island Park

Resorts in Idaho: The Pines at Island Park
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Boasting an excellent location neat Yellowstone National Park, The Pines at Island Park is an all-cabin resort set on a beautiful forested property. The cabins have between one and three bedrooms, and they can accommodate between four and eight people. All the cabins feature sleeping lofts and private decks with hot tubs and barbecues; most also come with full kitchens, but some of the one-bedroom cabins have kitchenettes. Guests who prefer not to cook their own meals are welcome to dine at the on-site bar and grill. Three-night minimum stays are required, and on-site parking is available.

3907 Philips Loop Rd, Island Park, ID 83429, Phone: 208-558-0192


21.Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway

Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway
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Surrounded by the Bitterroot National Forest, the Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway is tucked away on a gorgeous 50-acre ranch in the heart of the Rockies. The resort specializes in luxurious all-inclusive vacation experiences; gourmet meals and wine are included in the rate, as are activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, and skiing. Accommodation options include cozy log cabins and ranch style homes, all of which come with fireplaces, flat screen TVs, and shared or private hot tubs. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the heated outdoor pool and tennis courts, and massages can be arranged for an additional fee.

9613, 5551 W Fork Rd, Darby, MT 59829, Phone: 406-821-4600


22.Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
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One of the best Western vacation ranches in the entire country, the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a traditional dude ranch vacation. The ranch's vacation packages include everything you need for a relaxing vacation, including three delicious meals per day, accommodation in a log cabin or a lodge room, evening entertainment, and daily horseback rides. The horses can be ridden by people of all experience levels, but there are plenty of things for non-riders to do on the ranch as well, including archery, hiking, mountain biking, and winter sleigh rides.

1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 208-263-9066


23.Idaho Resorts: Diamond D Ranch

Idaho Resorts: Diamond D Ranch
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Proudly family owned and operated, the Diamond D Ranch is a stunning 300-acre property surrounded by the natural beauty of the Salmon River Mountains. Guests can choose between bed-and-breakfast-style rooms in the main lodge and private cabins with private bathrooms and cozy living rooms. Three meals a day are included in all room rates; guests will also enjoy full use of the ranch facilities, including the swimming pool and hot tub, the private fishing lake, and the archery range. There is also a full schedule of complimentary activities like guided trail rides, gold panning sessions, campfires, and yoga classes.

1 Loon Creek Rd, Stanley, ID 83278, Phone: 208-861-9206


24.Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch
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Tucked between the Sawtooth Mountain Range and the White Cloud Mountain Range, the 900-acre Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is the perfect place to experience an authentic taste of the true western lifestyle. A concierge service is offered to help guests choose between the seemingly endless activities in the area, including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. Guests looking for a more relaxing getaway can also relax in the ranch's natural hot spring pool or simply sit in a rocking chair on the porch and enjoy the views. All meals are included in the rate, and live music is held four nights a week.

Hc 64 Box 9934, Stanley, ID 83278, Phone: 208-774-3544



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Unique Things to See and Do on Your Trip to Idaho:

Idaho is a destination that is often overlooked when people are making their bucket lists. However, the state offers a wide variety of activities and attractions to suit any visitor. There are a number of historical buildings and sites that tell the story of the state. Animal lovers will find several wildlife experiences in Idaho such as the Wolf Center, Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch and Yellowstone Bear World. The state is beautiful year round, has mild summers, beautiful fall scenery and world-class skiing in the winter time. Natural hot springs are available in many areas and are the perfect way to relax after a day spent exploring the state’s natural attractions, museums and historic sites.

Lava Hot Springs

Lava Hot Springs is a city that is famous around the world for its natural hot springs. The Hot Springs are open year round and range in temperature from 102 - 112 degrees. They are especially enjoyable on cold winter days when the steam rising from the surface makes for an especially unique experience. Just a few blocks away, there is an outdoor water park with attached indoor aquatic center. The park has an olympic pool, several water slides and diving platforms on the outside and is open seasonally. The Indoor Aquatic Center offers indoor fun year-round  with a 25-yard swimming pool, diving board, an AquaClimb Wall and a kiddie play area.

430 East Main, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246, 208-776-5221

Old Idaho Penitentiary site

The Old Idaho State Penitentiary State Historic Site was a working prison between 1872 and 1973. The prison started as a single-cell building and then grew into a multi-building complex surrounded by a 17-foot stone wall. The stone was gathered from nearby ridges by convicts who also helped build the prison. The prison grounds are now operated as a museum. More than 30 buildings are included in the historic site and several have special exhibits inside. A collection of military memorabilia and historic arms are on display in the museum. The items span a large time period from the Bronze Age up until present.

2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712, 208-334-2844

Idaho State Capitol Building

The Idaho State Capitol is the seat of the state’s government located in the city of Boise. The capitol building was constructed between 1905 and 1920 by architects John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. The building was modeled after Classical architecture and built using a variety of construction materials. The capitol is open for visitors to explore on their own. There are galleries on the fourth floor where visitors can observe the House and Senate Chambers in action. The first floor rotunda has a number of educational panels that feature information about Idaho and the government. Guided tours are also available but must be arranged in advance.

700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, ID 83702, 208-332-1012

Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood Theme Park is an amusement park offering fun for the whole family. The park was opened in 1988 and included a small number of carnival rides as well as a so-called “Main Street” with small restaurants and shops. There was also originally a steam train that took approximately 30 minutes to circle the property. The Theme Park has grown considerably over the years and is now much larger and more popular.  Boulder Beach Water Park is located next-door and is included in the same ticket as Silverwood. Together the two theme parks are the largest in the Northwest.

27843 US-95, Athol, ID 83801, 208-683-3400

Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch

Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch is a family ranch on 40 acres in North Idaho. The property sits on a ridge near the gorgeous town of Coeur d’Alene. They specialize in raising Suri and Huacaya alpacas and also raise beef cattle. Visitors to Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch are welcome to tour and visit the ranch. Scheduling a tour in advance is highly recommended and is required for larger groups. The property has a 100-year old, 2-bedroom cottage available for rent for those who wish to spend a night or several enjoying the natural setting and farm animals. Children are certainly welcome at the ranch and many of the animals are tame enough for visitors of all ages to interact closely with them.   

2885 S. Folsom Ridge Road, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, 208-755-4925

Idaho Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden that occupies approximately 50 acres in Boise. The property was formerly the farm and nursery of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. Once the prison was closed the land was unused for more than ten years. In 1984, the gardens were created. A variety of gardens make up the park including a rock garden with alpine plants, a cactus garden with many cacti from the southern part of the state, an Iris Garden and a relaxing meditation garden among others. Visitors may tour the gardens at their leisure and guided tours are available with prior arrangements.

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712, 208-343-8649

Yellowstone Bear World

Yellowstone Bear World is a zoological park offering drive-through wildlife tours as well as a petting zoo and a variety of other attractions. During your drive through the park, you will see a number of North American wildlife species including White-tail Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, Bison, Mule Deer, Moose and both Grizzly and Black Bears. Special guided Curator Tours are also available as well as special feedings where visitors can help feed and pet baby bear cubs. The park has a unique petting zoo with free-roaming birds and barnyard animals as well as elk calves and deer fawns at times.

6010 S. 4300 W, Rexburg, ID 83440, 208-359-9688

Warhawk Air Museum

The Warhawk Air Museum is an aviation museum in Nampa that preserves airplanes and other aviation equipment related to the first and second World Wars, the Cold War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Through the museum, visitors can learn about real-life stories of people who lived through these wartimes. They can also learn about how technological advancements impacted society. The museum occupies approximately 40,000 square feet and has an impressive collection of aircraft. Some of their most interesting and significant aircraft include two rare Curtiss P-30 World War II fighters and a P-51C Mustang from World War II.

 

201 Municipal Way, Nampa, ID 83687, 208-465-6446

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene is a natural lake located in northern Idaho. The lake is a long, skinny lake that is approximately 25 miles long. The town of Coeur d’Alene sits on one end. There are numerous activities to enjoy both on the lake and along its 108 miles of beautiful shoreline. The lake has many stunning beaches and scenic views all around. Bald eagles come to feed here making birdwatching a popular activity. The lake’s north and northeastern shores are flanked by the North Idaho Centennial Trail and to the south you will find The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. These two trails offer ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, biking and jogging.

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Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail

The Hiawatha Mountain Bike trail is a 15-mile hiking and mountain biking trail that features 10 train tunnels and 7 trestles making for a beautiful and interesting ride. The trail ride is quite accessible by riders of any skill level as there are shuttle buses that will transport you to the top of the trail, making the entire ride downhill. The trail is family friendly and can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Passes for the trail as well as bike rentals and tickets for the shuttle can be acquired at the Lookout Pass Ski Area located on the Montana/Idaho border.

Wallace, ID 83873, 208-744-1301

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley is a resort town known for its ski area’s. Sun Valley Resort has ski areas on both Dollar Mountain and Bald Mountain. The former mountain is best for beginners as it has more gentle runs and beginner areas whereas Bald Mountain is a bit more advanced. The resort gets most of its business in the winter, but there are still good reasons to come to Sun Valley in the summertime. In warmer months, visitors can ride miles and miles of mountain biking trails and equestrian paths. There are also a number of beautiful meadows with an abundance of wildflowers.

1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, ID 83353, 888-490-5950

Silver Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Resort is a casual resort located at the base of two mountains in Kellogg. The resort offers modern condominium-style accommodations designed for 2-8 guests. Rooms come with kitchens, balconies and some even have fireplaces. The resort offers a variety of exciting amenities including an indoor water park, several on-site dining options, a gym, hot tubs and more. The resort offers convenient access to the Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes as well as the downtown area of the historic town of Kellogg. The resort is quite popular in the winter time when guests come to ski and board on the nearby slopes, however it is a great choice for vacation accommodations anytime of year.

610 Bunker Avenue, Kellogg, ID 83837, 208-783-1111

Roaring Springs Water Park

Roaring Springs Water Park is a massive water park that offers fun for the whole family. The sprawling park offers a number of large waterslides and thrill rides such as Corkscrew Cavern, the first waterslide in the Northwest to include a 360 degree loop. There is a free-fall slide, a group tube ride known as Thunder Falls and many other exciting attractions. Younger children will enjoy Kiddie Kowabunga and its Kiddie Slide as well as the Little Splash Mountain Play Area. When you need to take a break from the thrills, the whole family can relax in the lazy river or low-key Leisure Lagoon.

400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, ID 83642, 208-884-8842

The Springs

The Springs is a day spa and mountain hot springs retreat in Idaho City. There are natural hot springs pools where you can soak and relax surrounded by the beautiful mountains and clear skies. On hot days they cool the pool so that you can still have an enjoyable experience. The hot springs limits the number of people who are permitted inside so you should make a reservation before driving up. In addition, a number of private tubs are available to reserve hourly and massages are also available by reservation.   They have overnight rooms for those who wish to stay overnight and continue their relaxing retreat.

3742 ID-21, Idaho City, ID 83631, 208-392-9500

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Schweitzer Mountain Resort towers above Sandpoint in the Selkirk Mountains. The resort has ski and snowboarding options for visitors of all skill levels. There are smooth, groomed greens and powdery bowls as well as runs lined with trees. The resort’s 92 runs and three terrain parks can be accessed by nine lifts. Schweitzer Village offers everything you need to enjoy your visit including delicious food, a variety of shops and options for lodging. If the resort itself doesn’t have enough excitement for you, downtown Sandpoint is only a few minutes drive down the mountain and offers even more activities and amenities.

10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road, Sandpoint, ID 83864, 877-487-4643

Burgdorf Hot Springs

Burgdorf Hot Springs is a rustic resort centered around natural hot springs in central Idaho’s mountains near McCall. The Hot Springs are open to overnight guests of the resort’s cabins as well as outside guests for day use. The resort can be a bit difficult to access giving it an isolated appeal. During the summer, cars can travel to the resort via car on Warren Wagon Road. However, in the wintertime, the resort can only be reached by snowmobile. Snowmobile rentals are available in McCall if you wish to travel to the resort but do not have one of your own.

404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638, 208-636-3036

Sacajawea Historic Byway

Traveling the Sacajawea Historic Byway is a unique way to experience the rich cultural and historical legacy of Idaho. Along the way, you will have opportunities to see fossils of an extinct lion species that once lived in North America, view Native American Art and learn about the stories of the Lemhi-Shoshone people group. You will learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition and many other interesting historic events. The byway travels 132 miles from the intersection of Interstate 15 and Idaho 33 to the town of Salmon, ID. There are many places along the way which offer recreational activities and amenities.

Museum of Idaho

The Museum of Idaho was created in 2003 to preserve, protect and educate the public about science and regional history. The museum contains a large number of artifacts related to the history and culture of Idaho as well as the state’s natural history. There are also exhibits related to the Intermountain West region at large. The museum often hosts high-quality traveling exhibits from around the world as well. Some of the museum’s exciting permanent exhibits include Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Bodies: The Exhibition and a many others. At times the museum hosts special events and community classes to promote the arts in the area.

200 N. Eastern Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, 208-522-1400

Museum of Clean

The Museum of Clean is a unique museum in Pocatello that is entirely dedicated to the history and practice of staying clean. The museum was established by Don Aslett who owned a cleaning company called Varsity Contractors. Aslett had a personal collection of cleaning items in a small museum next to his business and wrote several books and lectured on the subject of cleanliness. Once his collection outgrew the small space, he founded the Museum of Clean. Many of the exhibits in the museum are kid-friendly especially The Kids Clean World which is a 3-story playground which encourages kids to get involved in keeping their spaces clean.

711 S. 2nd Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201, 208-236-6906

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National Oregon / California Trail Center

The National Oregon/California Trail Center is a history museum in Montpelier. The museum gives visitors an experiential opportunity to learn about the Oregon/California Trail through a simulated Wagon Trail adventure. The experience is historically accurate and features live actors in period costumes throughout. Visitors will step back to the 1850s and visit a mercantile, a gun shop, and take a ride in a covered wagon. You will then bed down for the night with the wagon train at Clover Creek Encampment. The center also offers a gift shop, rails and trials museum and an art exhibit of Oregon Trail-related art by local artist Gary Stone and other artists.

320 N. 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254, 208-847-3800

Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center

Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is an aviation museum in Sagle. The museum was established by Dr. Forrest Bird and contains approximately 20 different planes dating from before the first World War up until present times. The center also has exhibits with various inventions. Some of the inventions include the Barbie doll, a Bird Respirator and the Apple II. The goal of the museum is to educate visitors about the important contributions made by inventors and aviators and how they have changed society and our way of life. A variety of gifts and souvenirs are available for purchase from the museum shop.

325 Bird Ranch Road, Sagle, ID 83860, 208-255-4321

Wallace District Mining Museum

Wallace District Mining Museum features exhibits related to the local history of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District as well as mining efforts and various aspects of the area’s cultural and historical heritage. The museum contains a variety of documents, photographs and artifacts organized into educational exhibits. The exhibits in the museum are largely related to different aspects of mining and include a Blasting Exhibit, a Modern Drill Exhibit, Safety Equipment Exhibit, Early Mining Exhibit and a Timbering Exhibit. The museum has a small gift shop with a selection of gifts and souvenirs. The shop specializes in silver jewelry, coins, bullion, maps and books.

509 Bank Street, Wallace, ID 83873, 208-556-1592

South Bannock County Historical Center

The South Bannock County Historical Center exists to preserve the history of the town of Lava Hot Springs and the surrounding area as well as the development of nearby rural areas. The area was largely settled by traders and trappers in the early 1800s but even before that, the hot springs had been a gathering place for a number of centuries. The museum features a permanent exhibit called “Poha-Ba, Land of Healing Water” that illustrates the use of the hot springs by Native Americans long before Europeans came to this area. At times, special events and exhibits are held at the historical center.

110 E. Main Street, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246, 208-776-5254

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho is located on the banks of the river in Idaho Falls. The museum has a few rooms for art exhibits, a children’s area and a small shop that sells art-related gifts and souvenirs. The museum has many pieces of western-related art. They host rotating art exhibits which change every few months and feature a variety of regional artists and works inspired by Idaho. Each month, they offer a free day on the first Saturday of the month. Your kids will enjoy playing in the hands-on kids area where they are invited to explore different art media.

300 S. Capital Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, 208-524-7777

The Wolf Center

More than 500 wolves live in the state of Idaho however, it’s quite unlikely that you will see one in the wild during your visit. If you’d like to get up close and personal with wolves however, the Wolf Educational and Research Center in Winchester provides a unique opportunity to see wolves and learn more about them. The wolves in the center were actually born and raised in captivity. They were used in a documentary film on gray wolves called “Wolf, Return of a Legend.” Once the filming was finished, the wolves were acquired by the New Perce Tribe who built a 20-acre enclosure for them.There is a self-guided tour where visitors can walk 1/3 mile around the fence and have a chance to see a wolf. For a better chance to see them, you can also go on a 1/2 mile guided tour between the two double fences. The wolves are quite likely to come close and may even lick a hand pressed against the fence.

3029 69 Avenue W, Unit H, University Place, WA 98466, 888-422-1110

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