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Also known as the Gem State, or Gem of The Mountains, Idaho might be famous for potatoes but the unspoiled mountains of coniferous pines, in the north of the state, is what most visitors come to Idaho for.
The state capital of Idaho is Boise.
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Also known as the Treasure Valley, Boise grew rapidly after the discovery of gold in the region around 1863.
Located on the Boise River, visitors to the State of Idaho capital today are close to the splendours of nature; with a rise of mountains to the northeast known as The Foothills, and the Owyhee Mountains to the southeast.
Popular with skiers, local attractions include Bogus Basin Ski Area, Boise State University, Edwards Entertainment Complex, Gowen Field, Idaho Ice World and the State Capitol.
Enjoy the picturesque views or take in the contemporary art exhibits at the Boise Art Museum. There's also a zoo for the kids, an aquarium and the Discovery Center.
Boise has plenty of lodging options to choose from, with several hotels offering exclusive Park and Fly packages for guests who fly out of Boise's Airport.
Just four miles from the city centre, Boise Airport (BOI) is served by several airlines, including Delta, Frontier and Southwest.
Most major car rental agencies operate at the airport , or you can choose to use the hotel shuttles just outside.
Boise also has plenty of taxis and public transportation, for those on a tighter budget.
Grove Hotel: 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, Idaho.
Located in downtown Boise, walk through the doors to find a quiet, welcoming retreat from the busy streets outside. Enjoy an eclectic dining experience at Trillium, melt away calories at the Grove Fitness Club and Spa, or catch up on work in the Library.
As the original AAA Four Diamond full-service hotel in Boise, The Grove Hotel upholds its reputation as the city’s premier hotel by offering luxury without sacrificing comfort.
Holiday Inn Boise Airport: 2970 West Elder Street, Boise, Idaho.
This all-suite hotel with state-of-the-art Fitness Center, indoor pool and spa is conveniently located close to I-84 and just five minutes from downtown Boise.
With its convenient location, well-appointed accommodations, and full-service features, the Holiday Inn Boise Airport Hotel sets the standard of value for Boise airport hotels.
Hyatt Place Boise Town Square: 925 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, Idaho.
The hotel is located just ten minutes from downtown Boise and within walking distance of the Boise Towne Square mall and some 23 restaurants.
Guests at the Hyatt Place Boise Town Square can relax poolside or enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel's indoor pool.
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner: 1800 Fairview Avenue, Boise, Idaho.
Located off I-184 in the core of downtown Boise, this AAA hotel is just a short drive to the State Capitol, the Boise Convention Center and many other popular attractions.
Close enough to Boise Airport and only one mile from Boise State University, Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner serves corporate guests, holiday travellers, and BSU family and alumni.
Lakes in Idaho
Lake Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene are both natural lakes tucked away in the north of the state, and there are many artificial ones on the Snake River and its tributaries.
Salmon and trout fishing are popular in Idaho, and some of the best white water rafting can be found along the western border.
The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail went further south than the Louis and Clark expedition, although it picked up the Snake River between Fort Hall and Fort Boise.
Many visitors to Idaho also visit parts of the trail.
Lewis and Clark
In May, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from St. Louis, with some 45 men, to explore the newly gained lands west of the Mississippi and open up a route to the Oregon.
The expedition followed the Missouri River north to Fort Mandan in North Dakota, where they spent the winter, and east to the Missouri headwaters.
They then came over the Rockies and followed the Snake river through Idaho and Washington to join the Columbia river.
Sun Valley and Ketchum
Sun Valley, outside Ketchum, is the state's ski resort that allures the rich, famous and fashionable to the central Idaho Rockies.
The hot springs in the hills are also an attraction.
While most people associate Sun Valley recreation with world-class skiing, it's really only a small part of the mountain resort's story.
Winter or summer, when you visit Sun Valley the first thing you need to do is decide what is you want to do; backpacking, fly-fishing, golfing, hiking, mountain-biking or whitewater-rafting . The list of possible activities in the open ais is endless.
No matter what stage of the journey you find yourself in, finalizing your trip itinerary or daydreaming about your next vacation, Visit Idaho has the information you need to craft your ideal getaway.
Explore the Gem State’s seven unique regions to find out what the buzz is all about.
While a few of the 15 Idaho wineries are located in the beautiful northern Panhandle area, most are concentrated along the Snake River in south-western Idaho.
The Main Salmon River combines all the elements that bring people to wilderness river travel. Legendary white-water, pristine scenery, abundant wildlife, sandy beaches and hot springs are samples of what this magnificent canyon has to offer.
This is the one families enjoy the most. The Salmon river canyon is one of the deepest in America and is famous for exhilarating rapids, abundant wildlife, big sandy beaches and numerous historical sites. June, July and August.
To professional river guides and long time river runners, the Middle Fork is considered America's best wilderness river trip.
Depending on your interests the best time to float the Middle Fork will vary. You'll find the most exciting rapids in June and the best combination of white-water and weather in July and August. Fishing gets better as water levels decline.
Idaho River Journeys has been a Middle Fork of the Salmon River outfitter for forty years, and has an outstanding crew. Their Salmon River rafting and fishing guides come from varied backgrounds, have worked together for a number of seasons, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with guests.
A narrow and winding road following the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers.
This road is not designed for the fast traveller. There are lots of pull-outs, to let traffic pass and to savour the breath-taking views of the country.
Clarkston, Lewiston, Lenore, Peck, Orofino, Greer, Kamiah, Kooskia, Lowell, Lolo and side trips to Pierce, Weippe, Asotin and Lapwai.
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