A lot of people overlook Idaho as a vacation destination. The truth is though that it is a great place to getaway to. You can enjoy the water recreation possibilities of the lakes and rivers that are there, get out in the great outdoors with plenty of forested areas, see some awesome historical sites, and of course check out the many communities that are there. Idaho has a ton to offer and here is a look at five unforgettable things to see when you go there.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
If you are a fan of nature, the outdoors, and dramatic scenery, then you need to take the chance when visiting Idaho to get out and see Craters of the Moon National Monument. This centrally located attraction, one that comes complete with a name that is sure to draw your attention, is loved by kids and adults. You can get out and hike there, just check out the sights, and maybe even do some wildlife viewing. One thing is for sure though and that is you will probably not see terrain like this again in your life. Craters of the Moon National Monument preserves what is essentially an oceanlike lava field. The unique look to the area is truly unforgettable.
The small city of Coeur d’Alene sits right on Interstate 90 and many travelers crossing Idaho’s panhandle on the way east into Montana or west into Washington have passed right by it without even stopping. That is a huge mistake too. Coeur d’Alene is a quaint little city that offers a lot to do and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery around. Once you’ve exhausted all that you can find to do and see in Coeur d’Alene, jump at the chance to get out on the water of Lake Coeur d’Alene. This is a beautiful and huge lake where you can enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and even a dinner cruise. Coeur d’Alene is one of those vacation destinations that you will want to come back to again and again.
Silverwood Theme Park
Located in Northern Idaho, Silverwood Theme Park has been welcoming families for some incredible times for years. It is very near Coeur d’Alene and less than 50 miles from Spokane, Washington. This is the largest theme park in the American Northwest. There are rides galore, games to play, and great food. Silverwood is also home to Boulder Beach Water Park which is also known as one of the best water parks in the region. This is a spectacular attraction, especially if you have young children, and one that you will want to return to again and again. The look of happiness on your kid’s faces is all it will take to start making plans for your next visit.
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
It almost goes without saying that Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a must see if you are visiting Idaho. It can be a little daunting though because Hells Canyon includes over 650,000 acres of protected lands. Luckily, there are a number of guides and well marked scenic drives that are perfect for showing it off. Hells Canyon preserves a steep walled canyon section of the Snake River. It sits right on the Idaho-Oregon border and you can go there as part of a day trip, as you are driving by on your way to somewhere else, or even as an overnight camping trip. If you go, stop at the viewpoints and capture some of that great scenery on your camera. If you have the time, book some time on a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon and see the area in a truly unforgettable way. Don’t forget to check out the dams in Hells Canyon too. This is one part of Idaho that you will remember forever.
Another Snake River attraction worth checking out during a visit to Idaho sits further upriver and a little closer to more populated areas. Shoshone Falls is an incredible waterfall area on the Snake River that you won’t want to miss. When you go there, make sure and bring your camera because you will be sure to want to see these views again and also show them off to friends and family back home. Shoshone Falls measures in at 212 feet tall. To give you an idea how special this place is, that’s taller than the much more famous Niagara Falls. Once you’re done at the waterfall you can take some time to check out the hiking trails, picnic areas, boating opportunities, swimming spots, and playgrounds that are there. This is the type of attraction that is perfect for travelers of all ages. Shoshone Falls is a sight that many Americans never get to see, even those local to the Pacific Northwest, and that is a true shame.