As the month of love unfolds, we are excited to explore the countless places in Idaho that captivate the hearts of visitors and Idahoans alike. From the breathtaking rugged landscape of the Sawtooth Mountains to the tranquil lakeside mountain towns – Idaho offers some of the most beautiful places and experiences that are sure to create a lifetime of memories. We love Idaho and we hope to help you fall in love with your new favorite destination in the Gem State.
Renowned for its stunning lake, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant creative community, Coeur d’Alene offers the ideal blend of outdoor adventure, cultural richness, and small-town charm.
At the heart of Coeur d’Alene lies its crown jewel: Lake Coeur d’Alene. With its crystal-clear waters stretching for miles, visitors can indulge in all things water, from boating to parasailing.
Coeur d’Alene also offers a downtown of quaint shops, art galleries, and eateries. Stroll along Sherman Avenue, lined with historic buildings and charming boutiques, and immerse yourself in the town’s eclectic atmosphere.
Explore miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, including the iconic Route of the Hiawatha, or tee off at one of the region’s world-class golf courses. In the winter months, the nearby mountains transform into a winter wonderland, inviting first-chair powder chasers!
For those seeking solitude and a true connection with nature, Stanley offers unparalleled opportunities for camping and star gazing.
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Stanley year-round to explore the crystal clear lakes and verdant forests. In the summer months, visitors can embark on exhilarating hikes through the Sawtooth Wilderness, paddle along the coveted waters of Redfish Lake, or cast a line in the Salmon River.
Nestled among the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, Stanley is the gateway to an epic wilderness adventure. This charming town, often referred to as the “Gateway to the Sawtooths.” The epitome of rustic charm and a laid-back vibe – Stanley encourages visitors to slow down and savor the peace and tranquility of backcountry life.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Boise and discover the tranquil charm of Garden Valley, Idaho, the perfect weekend getaway destination. Situated in the Boise National Forest, Garden Valley offers a serene retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and relaxation seekers alike.
Spend your days exploring miles of scenic hiking and biking trails or fishing in the South Fork Payette River. Catch a Broadway musical at the Starlight Mountain Theater, nestled along the Payette. From whitewater rafting to zip-lining, adrenaline enthusiasts will fall in love with this pintsize city.
Craters of the Moon
An adventure unlike any other at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho is a unique landscape born from ancient volcanic eruptions that transformed into mesmerizing rugged lava flows, cinder cones, and geological formations.
Carved by molten lava ago – traverse the historic lava tubes and explore the mysterious caves. Whether you’re hiking through lunar-like terrain, camping beneath star-studded skies, or expanding your knowledge of the park’s rich geological and cultural history, Craters of the Moon promises an unforgettable journey of discovery and exploration. Fun fact: Craters of the Moon was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2017, which means there will be no shortage of stars to observe!
Lake Pend Oreille
Experience Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s biggest lake, at 43 miles long with 111 miles of shoreline; a gem nestled in the gorgeous scenic landscapes of northern Idaho.
Anglers cast their lines in pursuit of trophy-sized Kamloops trout, Mackinaw, and Kokanee salmon, while boaters take full advantage of the lake’s size and serene surface.
Surrounding the lake, the boutique towns offer cozy accommodations, artisanal eateries, and unique boutiques, providing the perfect home base for exploring!
Island Park, Idaho, is a dream destination for those seeking all things Idaho! From hiking, snowmobiling, world-famous fly fishing, working ranches, and guest lodges– there is an overflowing supply of memory-making goodness.
The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, world renowned for fly fishing, runs through Island Park and feeds two large lakes popular with visitors.
Molded by geologic forces that shaped Yellowstone resulted in what is now the world’s largest caldera at 23 miles wide! The crater is now home to lush forests, meadows, rivers, and lakes that are occupied by a variety of trout.
Another site to see is Big Springs, a natural national landmark being one of the 40 largest natural springs in the world, producing 120 million gallons of water each day!
We ❤ Idaho
Without a doubt, Idaho is a magical place to explore. From the dense pine in the most northern tip to the desert of the south corners. From the majestic jagged Sawtooths to the playground of Henry’s Fork, regardless of the direction you go, we know that you will discover a destination that you will fall in love with!