Idaho is famous for its flowing rivers, pristine lakes, stunning mountain ranges, and unique natural beauty. Idaho is growing in popularity for tourists in search of a family-friendly vacation and for those wanting to relocate to an outdoor-focused community. Below is a list of the Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in the state of Idaho, all within driving range of the Treasure Valley.
Hike to the top of Table Rock in Boise
A 3.7-mile long upward trek, this hike is fun for the entire family to enjoy the views of the historic Old Idaho Penitentiary and the Botanical Garden as well as the stunning skyline of Boise. This popular hike is a must-do for anyone visiting or new to the area. Tip: Hike the trail just before sunset to catch the breathtaking colors over the city lights.
Explore the Bruneau Sand Dunes
This State Park is one of the most unique places to visit in Idaho with rolling hills of sand and a wide-open sky perfect for stargazing. Spend the day hiking, fishing, swimming, or try your hand at sandboarding.
Brave the rapids with Payette River Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Thrill-seeking families will love the excitement of taking a guided trip with someone who knows the safest way to enjoy the river. With Class II and III rapids, this adventure offers non-stop fun.
Hit the slopes at Bogus Basin
With some of the best hills the state has to offer, beginners and experts alike can experience Idaho in a fun and challenging way. Just 45 minutes outside of Boise, Bogus Basin features night skiing for those who want to feel the breeze under the stars. Not into snow sports? Take a ride on the new Alpine mountain coaster or slide down the tubing hill with family and friends.
Take in the views at Shoshone Falls
These natural waterfalls are quite the sight to see, towering at 212 feet high, which is even taller than Niagra Falls. Hike around the park to catch the best angles of the falls or venture in closer on a paddleboard for an extreme close-up.
Soak away your stress at Kirkham Hot Springs
Bubbling geothermal pools will melt away your problems as these natural springs showcase heavenly views and calming energy. Tucked away along Highway 21, Kirkham Hot Springs is a true Idaho treasure.
Navigate the Bear Basin mountain bike trail system
Experienced cyclists and those just starting out can venture out and enjoy the ride through the forest, only a few miles away from McCall. Fly through the twists and turns of this exciting adventure.
Soar through the air with Tamarack Ziplines
No experience is necessary for this fun-filled activity! With over 3,500 feet of cable, entire families can take flight and check out the incredible views Tamarack has to offer.
Sip your way through Wine Country
Idaho’s best-kept secret is the amazing vineyards and wineries of the Snake River Valley. Take a tour of these unique venues and enjoy the best flavors Idaho has to offer.
Search for the lake monster of Payette Lake
Sharlie is well known to the locals of McCall but very elusive to those who seek her out. Try to catch a glimpse of this legendary creature by getting on the water with a jet ski, wakeboard, or tubing behind a boat. It may take a while to find her, so enjoy a day or two on the water taking in the gorgeous views of Payette Lake.