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From the pristine lakes of the panhandle to the highest peak in Central Idaho, to the Snake River Plain in the south, Idaho’s terrain will leave an impression. But its history filled with Native American tribes, the Oregon Trail pioneers, the Idaho Capitol Building and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is equally compelling.
There are many ways to explore the Gem State. Start by taking a road trip or tour, including the Northern Panhandle Tour, Southeastern Yellowstone Teton Tour, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway into the Targhee National Forest, or the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.
Skiers and snowboards have numerous opportunities, from the Brundage Mountain Resort, known as having “the best snow in Idaho,” to Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint or the Sun Valley Resort. You can hike through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and see the deepest river gorge in North America. Visit Shoshone
Falls Park, or cast your line in Lake Coeur d’Alene. You can even climb the dunes at Saint Anthony Sand Dunes and Bruneau Dunes State Park, before crossing the lava fields of Craters of the Moon.
You can cheer for the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, the Boise Hawks or Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball teams and Boise State Broncos football team. And racing fans have numerous speedways to choose from, including the NASCAR-sanctioned Magic Valley Speedway. Golfers have challenging greens with stunning landscapes as backdrops throughout the state.
Likewise, you’ll be amazed at the number of cultural, historical, and educational attractions you can find here. Science buffs can enjoy places like the Faulkner Planetarium at The Herrett Center for Arts & Science in Twin Falls. Local history museums dot the landscape, including notable local museums like Jerome County Historical Museum. You can also learn more about the Basque communities at Boise’s The Basque Museum & Cultural Center or find engaging information about the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Cataldo Mission at the Museum of North Idaho.
And if you love potatoes, you cannot miss a trip to The Potato Museum and Gift Shop in Blackfoot, Idaho.
You can view exciting contemporary art at the Boise Art Museum or examples of visual arts at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. The performing arts are thriving here in Idaho through major venues like the historic Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls, the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello, and The Morrison Performing Arts Center.
Kids will love visiting the Pocatello Zoo and the Aquarium of Boise and Zoo Boise. They will also be thrilled by the array of amusement parks and water complexes, including the Roaring Springs Water Park, Silverwood Theme Park, Boulder Beach Water Park. and the Triple Play Family Fun Park in Hayden.