Idaho is known for mountainous landscapes, and vast swaths of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. Combining a rich heritage, friendly communities, and a taste of the mountainous American West, Idaho tops the charts as a culturally inspiring state worth exploring. One of the most visited attractions in Idaho is the Sun Valley Resort, it attracts skiing enthusiasts from all over with its magnificent facilities for winter sports and its excellent tourist infrastructure. Another attraction is the Craters of the Moon National Monument, it is a lunar-like landscape created by volcanic eruptions between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. This region of lava flows can be explored on signposted circular routes. Although it has not erupted in the last two millennia, this area is still geologically active. This unique National Monument also contains five caves to explore, which serve as a stark contrast to the sometimes searing temperatures above ground. One of the top rated place in Idaho is Sawtooth National Recreation Area, it consists of 756,000 wild land acres within the Sawtooth National Forest of central Idaho. The National Recreation Area provides more than 700 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet, and enough alpine lakes to visit a new one nearly every day of the year. Visitors and travelers will never run out of activities and places to explore in this beautiful Idaho having vibrant natural attractions to offer.
Lake Coeur d'Alene is a top rated destination in Idaho. The lake is 25 miles long and is surrounded by a forest filled with hiking trails. Boating, sailing, and fishing are popular during the summer months. Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area is also a place to visit, it is located within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest of northern Idaho. Hell's Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. It has been carved out by the Wild and Scenic Snake River for a distance of 95 miles along the border with Washington and Oregon. Popular ways to enjoy Hell's Canyon include hiking and horseback trails, developed and primitive campgrounds, and taking a raft trip down the white-water rapids of the Snake River. If you are looking for a falls, Idaho has the 212-foot-tall Shoshone Falls that can be found on the northeast edge of the city of Twin Falls. Its is also known as the 'Niagara of the West'. Created by the turbulent force of the Snake River, this massive block waterfall spans more than 900 feet and flows year-round with a surge season between April and July. The area surrounding the falls, including the adjacent Dierks Lake, is full of hiking trails, swimming spots, and scenic overlooks. One of the most popular things to do at Shoshone Falls is packing a lunch and using the picnic areas in view of the falls.