Welcome to Idaho
Idaho is a land of sapphire lakes, free-flowing rivers, mountain ranges, high desert plains, volcanic lava fields, wildlife and fertile valleys. You can get away from it all yet still feel at home in your RV.
Start your trip in northern Idaho. Home to the state's largest lakes, North Idaho includes portions of three scenic mountain ranges—the Selkirk, Cabinet, Coeur d'Alene, and Bitterroot Mountains. The glaciers of the last great ice age melted and left scenic lakes, mountains, rivers, and fertile valleys. The waters of the Pend Oreille, Coeur d'Alene, and Priest Lake, set against lush evergreen mountains, make Idaho's northern region an unforgettable vacation paradise.
A major silver producer, Wallace is the richest mining town still in existence; the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Underground mine tours, mine museums, and classic silver and antique shops welcome visitors.
Centrally located in a recreation paradise, the town of Priest River is bordered by the Priest River on the east and the Pend Oreille River on the south. Located in the Kootenai River Valley, Bonners Ferry is surrounded by three forested mountain ranges and bountiful wildlife.
Southwestern Idaho offers forested mountain peaks, high desert plains, natural sand dunes, rugged canyonlands, mountain hot springs, and sun-drenched valleys.
The capital city of Boise offers cultural experiences including the Boise Art Museum, Basque Block, and Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, offers more than 70 miles of rugged river country. Lewiston, White Bird, and Cambridge are access points to the Hell's Canyon gorge. The Riggins area offers views into the canyon. Outfitters offer jet boat and float trips. Nez Perce Indian petroglyphs and pictographs can be found in the caves and on rock walls in the canyon.
The most mountainous region, central Idaho offers outdoor adventures, history, and scenery whether you're camping under the stars or in your RV. See Idaho's tallest mountain peak, cast your line in Ernest Hemingway's favorite creek, raft the Middle Fork or Main Salmon River, pan for gold, mountain bike, hunt, fish, or follow Lewis and Clark's journey with Idaho native Sacajawea.
Craters of the Moon National Monument preserve a diverse array of volcanic features including volcanic rifts, cinder cones, spatter cones, shield volcanoes, and lava tube caves. A year-round vacation paradise, Sun Valley offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including downhill skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and golf.
Revel in the south central Idaho's natural history, distinctive landscape, and mighty rivers. This region offers rock climbing, horseback riding, impressive granite formations, cascading waterfalls, canyon-rimmed parks, and trout-fishing rivers.
The City of Rocks Back Country Byway traces a rural landscape steeped in history and geological significance ending in historic Oakley; the entire town is on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The 67-mile Thousand Springs Scenic Byway offers a diversity of scenic vistas including the Snake River Canyon, "melon" boulders, Hagerman horses, the Devil's Washbowl, historic towns, and fish hatcheries. South of Hagerman, the spectacular water displays of Thousand Springs bubble up creating crystal blue pools of water. The vast Snake River Plain Aquifer flows 1,308 miles beneath volcanic rock from St. Anthony to the Snake River before reaching the Thousand Springs cliffs.
The rugged beauty of Yellowstone and the Tetons doesn't stop at the national parks' gates; it rolls on and spills over into eastern Idaho's Yellowstone Teton region. Characterized by the western slope of the Teton Range, eastern Idaho is a sportsman's paradise and a sightseer's destination. Wildlife roams the pristine landscapes framed by mountains. The quality of fly fishing in the lakes, rivers, and streams of this region is renowned.
The St. Anthony Sand Dunes consists of more than 11,000 acres of clear, shifting, white quartz sand dunes up to 400 feet high. Known for their unique beauty, they support a high amount of off-road vehicle use.
Pristine southeastern Idaho is home to the blue waters of Bear Lake. Take in the scenery and recreation of the 20 mile-long-turquoise-blue lake. Numerous hot springs locations have been developed including Downata Hot Springs, Lava Hot Springs, Maple Grove Hot Springs, and Bear Lake Hot Springs. Drive your RV along the same route that the early pioneers traveled and relive the history of the Old West. Traverse the Gold Road History Tour, Pioneer Historic Byway, and Oregon Trail Bear Lake Byway and walk in the ruts created by the wagons on the Oregon Trail, visit museums displaying the actual artifacts they left behind, and explore their homes and churches.