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Visiting Idaho on Your Next Road Trip

Idaho campgrounds are oftentimes overlooked for the big sky country of Montana to the east or the Pacific shores in Washington to the west, Idaho offers as many outdoor options as any other state in the Northwest. But with the mix of fun and nostalgic things to do, surprising Idaho RV camping resorts and pleasant Idaho campgrounds, you're sure to find your stay in Idaho to be worth the stop.

Idaho's panhandle affords dramatic vistas and as much room to explore as any other region in the country. At the northernmost point of the American Rockies, start at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. This vast 2,774-acre expanse is awesome, featuring plenty of western wildlife including elk, moose, and bear. Birders won’t suffer for lack of things to look at as plenty of species roost here as well.

Priest Lake is just west of here, a remote body of water with all the trappings (sans the people) of more popular lakes. The lake is lined with quaint sand beaches giving way to rock formations and ultimately the lush forest that dominates the area. Looking for a day trip? How does an afternoon spent rafting or canoeing along Priest River sound? Otherwise, grab your boots and take a hike along miles of hiking trails.

Central Idaho offers its visitors some of the most confusing and complex landscapes in all of North America. The Salmon River anchors the area as it passes into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Encompassing more than 1,200 square miles, the Sawtooth N.R.A. is highlighted by its virtual namesake; impressive jagged granite peaks running through the center of the park. Four small mountain ranges converge in this park: The Smoky Mountains, the Boulder Mountains, the Sawtooth Range, and the White Cloud Peaks. With these mountains, interspersed with wildflower-covered meadows, Sawtooth is prime hiking country.

Central Idaho is also home to America's largest designated wilderness. At 2.3 million acres, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness offers adventurers weeks' worth of activities. The name is as dramatic as the park is splendid. The pinnacle of outdoor pursuits is the whitewater rafting. This area is home to three of the nation's finest rivers for that pastime: The Salmon, the Middle Fork Salmon, and the Selway. But for those who tend to shy away from those rigorous activities, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness is worth the trip for the scenery alone – not whitecaps necessarily. Impressive valleys are cut by roaring rivers, alpine forests scramble up slopes, and some of the most elusive animals in the United States occasionally drop in as well; mountain lions, bobcats, bears and mountain goats, for starters. For the sportier animal enthusiast, the Wilderness’ mighty river gives way to smaller creeks loaded with cutthroat, rainbow, and brook trout.

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