Southwest Idaho is home to the Gem State’s capital city and abundant natural beauty. It’s also filled with cultural and historical activities, as well as a vibrant food and drinks scene.
From the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area to the Brundage Mountain Resort, you can test the famous Idaho snow. There are numerous opportunities for road trips along the region’s Scenic Byways, including Hells Canyon, Snake River Canyon, Ponderosa Pine, Payette River, and Wildlife Canyon. You also can test your skills on golf courses like Whitetail Club Golf Course in McCall, McCall Municipal Golf Course, Caldwell’s TimberStone Golf Course, and Warm Springs Golf Course.
Epicureans will love the options for terrific craft beers, spirits and specialty foods, and the kids will want to visit Aquarium of Boise, the Discovery Center and Zoo Boise. Meanwhile, the Boise State Broncos, the Idaho Steelheads, and the Boise Hawks are part of a thrilling sports scene.
You can cheer on your favorite drivers on the Speedways or see the exhibits at Boise Art Museum. Live stage performances of Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho and numerous theater productions are easily attended. And the Gene Harris Jazz Festival every March is a “must” for music lovers.
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There are seemingly endless possibilities for road trips throughout Southwest Idaho. Among the most popular are the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, offering stunning Canyon views, and the Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway. You can wind through the Boise National Forest on the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway or follow the river on the Payette River Scenic Byway. Meanwhile, the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway takes you on an old miner’s run that showcases impressive scenery and wildlife.
Escape for a day of skiing and snowboarding in Southwest Idaho. An easy drive from downtown Boise, you can test downhill and Nordic runs at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Tamarack Resort offers snowshoe and Nordic trails with a view of Lake Cascade. Visitors in McCall can take kids to The Little Ski Hill for beginner downhill and cross-country trails, while Brundage Mountain Resort has a reputation for “the best snow in Idaho.”
A trip to Southwest Idaho can include rounds on the region’s numerous golf courses. The challenging Whitetail Club Golf Course in McCall incorporates the natural environment, earning a spot among “America’s 100 Greatest” golf courses by Golf Digest. Test your putting skills on McCall Municipal Golf Course, with the impressive Ponderosa State Park as a backdrop or Caldwell’s TimberStone Golf Course. And in downtown Boise, try a round at the Warm Springs Golf Course.