Idaho has a surprisingly vast variety of landscapes and destinations that attract vacationers from all over the country. There are amazing locations from volcano lava fields, to stunning mountain ranges. This variety provides a variety of vacation spots ideal for any type of vacation you’re searching for. “Vacationing” and “visiting” can be considered two different things, so this article will be limited to “vacation” places – places you would spend a while vacation, whether it be a quick weekend or a week-long trip or more. Sun Valley Resort is a beautiful resort for winter vacationers. The resort was opened in 1936 and featured the worlds first alpine chairlifts. Sun Valley has numerous activities for the visiting vacationers. There are, of course, courses for downhill skiing and snowboarding. There are also places for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as venues for concerts and other entertainment and spas for utter relaxation. Nearby is the town of Ketchum, which has local boutique shops and other local activities you can do that are only a five-minute drive away. Ketchum also boasts the homes of a few celebrities including Arnold Swartzenegger and Tom Hanks. The remote location and access to Sun Valley make it an ideal place for them to live.
Located near the city of Island Park, Idaho about 28 +/- miles due east, sits the West Gate to Yellowstone National Park which does just barely leak over the edge of Idaho’s eastern border. Checking out all the fun to be had at Island Park and then heading into Yellowstone can make for a full day of fun-filled adventures. There is so much more to do in Island Park including boating, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, and more! Island Park is excellent for summer or winter camping. Enjoy abundant landscapes to check out and trails to explore. Heading over to Yellowstone for additional fun, there are 92 trailheads and over 1,000 miles of backcountry hiking ready to be traversed and explored. The park is also home to museums and historical buildings that house over 720,000 items, including 30 historic vehicles.
The city of Boise itself has so much to do, it can easily take up a while vacation itself. If you are there during football season, going to a Boise State football game is a must. It is so fun to watch the Broncos play on the legendary blue turf, or “Smurf Turf”. Boise also has some great day hikes. There are also great museums. The Boise Art Museum, the Idaho History Museum, and several others in connection with it. You can also visit the zoo. It’s a super cute zoo where you can be underground with prairie dogs or feed a giraffe. There is a fun variety of animals from all over the world. The Aquarium is also fun if you have little kids with you. It’s small, so there’s not a lot there, but it’s pretty interactive! You'll have the opportunity to touch fish and stingrays and feed some parrots!
If you’re searching for specific lodging in the Boise area, there are a lot of options. One particularly unique option for a good weekend stay is the Anniversary Inn. What makes the Anniversary Inn so special is that each room is decorated and hand-painted in its own specific theme. You can have a room that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the world of an avid motorcycle enthusiast, or like you’re up on that always-famous balcony gazing down at your Romeo. You can also stay in a room fit for the President himself, or one that seems to be decked out for a Boise State football party. There are so many choices, all just as fun and creative as the next. Some rooms are fun. Some rooms radiate romance. The Anniversary Inn is just up the hill from downtown, next to the Boise Depot. Its prime location puts you right next to Idaho museums, the zoo, stunning parks, and plenty of dining options.
If you’re searching for something a little more action-packed, Silverwood Theme Park is an awesome theme park in northern Idaho. It features roller coasters, fun rides, a kid’s zone, lots of dining, shows, and even a water park. There is definitely something for everyone no matter their age. The park is divided into five main regions. They are Main Street, Country Carnival, Coaster Alley, Garfield’s Summer Camp, and Boulder Beach Water Park. Main Street has most of the shops and dining. It’s a nice place to take a little walk, relax, or eat some great food. Country Carnival is a lot like how it sounds. It’s very country themed with attractions like “Super Roundup” and “Thunder Canyon”. There are also fun attractions like “Antique Cars” and a classic Ferris Wheel. Coaster Alley is just as it sounds; the alley where the coasters are found. All of the intense high thrill level coasters like “SpinCycle” and “Panic Plunge” can be found down this alley. Garfield’s summer camp is the zone for the little ones. They have cute easy rides like the Tony Toot Roller Coaster and the Frog Hopper. The only “dining” here is a Kidz Kafe just full of kid-sized meals for your little adventurer. The Boulder Beach Water Park is pretty self-explanatory. This water park section has something for everybody, no matter their age and level of comfort in the water, and there are plenty of places to eat for when you get hungry between turns on the water slides. Silverwood Theme Park has such a great variety of rides, attractions, and food for anyone who wants to take a quick vacation within Idaho.
When people think about a nice vacation, Idaho isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind, but don’t count it out just yet. Idaho has a lot to offer. There is a huge variety of land and attractions that all make for great vacations. You’ll be surprised by the fun you can have and the beauty you will find within Idaho.