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Southwestern's Treasure Valley
Idaho From McCall to Sun Valley, Ketchum & Twin Falls
Charming small towns, big cities, scenic mountains, sunny meadows, and sweeping vistas make this region of Idaho an unforgettable experience for every traveler. With its diverse cultures and landscapes, Treasure Valley offers the whole package.
This mountain resort town is the perfect year round getaway. Hit the powdered slopes during the winter or Cut across the wake on your water skis during the summer. Only in McCall can you be on a scenic hike in ponderosa pine one minute and museum hopping in downtown the next. No matter what you come for, McCall is ready for you.
Ponderosa State Park
At 1,000 acres, this gorgeous park has plenty of space for you to explore. Rent a canoe or kayak and set out on the calm waters of Payette Lake. Groups can also bike or hike down the wooden trails while stopping to enjoy the wildlife.
Make sure you have your binoculars; it’s not uncommon to spot Bald Eagles, Canadian geese, and moose. You can even go on a guided tour through the massive 150-foot tall ponderosa pine that gave the park its name.
Brundage Mountain Ski Resort
Famous for its perfectly groomed wide runs and powder-packed glades, Brundage Mountain has earned its reputation for having the best snow in Idaho. And starting on June 27th, you can float through the summer scenery on a chairlift ride.
McCall’s Winter Carnival
Nobody celebrates winter like McCall. In a matter of days the town is transformed into a winter wonderland full of intricate ice sculptures, live entertainment, a torchlight parade, and fireworks over the lake. If you can time your trip right, it’ll be worth your while.
Gold Fork Hot Springs
Let’s face it, every vacation needs that super relaxing moment. You’ll find just that when you head south on the 55 until you reach the town of Donnely, home of the Hot Springs. Kick back and soak in the warm mineral rich waters to take a break from your journey. You’ve earned it.
Your taste buds deserve a vacation too. Treat them to highly addictive sweets like their made-from-scratch gingersnaps or a s’mores cookie with lightly toasted marshmallows on top. Good luck trying leave this place!
Welcome to Boise, Idaho’s capital and the largest metropolitan area in the state. With so much to see and do, it might be a good idea to plan multiple days in this bustling destination. Expect dozens of cultural attractions, a relatively mild climate, and to be just minutes away from hiking, biking, climbing and skiing.
Boise River Greenbelt
This is 25 miles of beautiful park stretching along the river. Have a picnic under the shade trees, go for a bike ride along the trails, or grab some binoculars and appreciate the wildlife. The Greenbelt is a perfect stop if you need some fresh air.
Bring the kids to Zoo Boise where they can get up close to over 200 animals. With the zoo located right in downtown you can easily be visiting other attractions by the afternoon.
Basque Museum & Cultural Center
For generations, Boise has been home to Basque immigrants who traveled to the United States from their Basque homeland in Spain. Get a taste of their rich heritage and culture with the many exhibits the museum has to offer.
Bogus Basin Ski Resort
This ski area is anything but bogus. This place if for real. With 2,600 acres to explore, the park’s perfectly groomed runs are every skier and snowboarder’s dream. You can even hit the slopes under the stars with the Northwest’s largest solar-lit skiing acreage.
Located just 10 miles outside of Boise, the city of Meridian has 17 parks, the Wahooza Fun Center, the Meridian Speedway Racetrack, Roaring Springs Water Park…need we go on?
Caldwell is 25 miles west of Boise and is home to the College of Idaho. Visit the Whitenberg Planetarium on campus or set out on a wine tasting tour at the local wineries. Find one that suits your taste at
Take a break from your busy schedule and catch an artsy flick at Flick’s theater in downtown. Sure you can see your typical Hollywood blockbusters, but here you can also watch those hard to find independent and foreign films.
Mountain Home started out as nothing but a little post office stagecoach stop in the 1800s. Now it’s a beautiful little city full of laid back people and the Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Jump into your dune buggy and tear through the sand at Bruneau Dunes State Park. If sand sports aren’t your cup of tea, go for a hike or a horseback ride, fish Dunes Lake, or just stargaze. There are plenty of activities for all ages.
Three Island Crossing State Park
Pioneer travelers used the three island crossing to get across the Snake River until 1868. Today you can learn all about their journey as well as the local Native American history at The Oregon Trail History and Education Center.
Desert Canyon Golf Course
Built around canyons and streams, Desert Canyon offers some of the most scenic golf in the area. Drop in after 7 p.m. and pay one $1 per hole!
Fatty’z New York style pizza isn’t your everyday pizza shop. Check the menu for pies with names like “Awesomeness”, the “Italian Stallion,” and of course the “Ultimate Fatty.” Get if by the slice or pick up a whole pie for the family before hitting the road.
South of Boise off the Interstate 84 you’ll find Twin Falls, home to the College of Southern Idaho and the famous ShoShone Falls. This wonderful city is a hotspot for adventure-seekers.
No visit to Twin Falls is complete without a stop at the falls the city was named after. Hailed as the “Niagara of the West,” these breathtaking 212-foot tall, 900 foot wide cascades are a sight to behold. Go for a hike along the river and end at the falls for a scenic picnic and some pictures.
Zip the Snake
For some of us, it’s not enough to sit back and take in the views, we want to fly through them. Put your courage to the test and soar over Snake River Canyon on a giant zip line.
Centennial Waterfront Park
Just north of the city is this gem of a park. Centennial’s activities include a playground for children, many scenic hiking trails that pass by canyon waterfalls, rock climbing, and much more. Give yourself at least a couple of hours if you plan to make the stop.
ShoShone Snack Bar
Forget everything you know about snack bars. ShoShone is in a league of its own. This local favorite claims to have one of the world’s largest ice cream cones, and we believe them. You also need to try their unbelievable burgers and dogs. Hope you’re hungry!
For years, the world-renowned resort town of Ketchum has not only attracted skiers, but also prominent world figures like Ernest Hemingway. Quickly falling in love with the beautiful valley, Hemingway made Ketchum his final home. Spend one day here and you’ll see why.
Sun Valley Ski Resort
Considered one of the first great American ski resorts, Sun Valley is world famous for its excellent snow on Bald and Dollar Mountains. Here you’ll find everything from Nordic skiing to glittering ice shows. Don’t miss it!
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Take a walk through colorful high altitude plants and flowers in this five acre haven. The kids will love splashing around in the children’s garden spray pool while you watch leisurely from the sidelines.
Easley Hot Springs
Dive into a warm pool, fed by the nearby hot springs. Surrounding you are towering pines and a breathtaking view of Bald Mountain. This swimming complex is the best around
If you are a die-hard breakfast fan, look no further. Try farm fresh dishes like the Famous Kneadery Benedict or The Ultimate Belgian Waffle. Let the home-style cooking and rustic atmosphere take you back to memories of grandma’s house.