Idaho Top Reasons to Go

White-Water Adventures: With over 3,100 miles of river, the "Potato State" has the most white water in the continental United States. Thrill seekers can go on adrenaline-fueled rides down the Middle Fork of the Salmon or opt for a more leisurely, family-friendly float down the scenic Snake River.

Winter Wonderland: The mountain towns of Sun Valley, Sandpoint, McCall, and Driggs all have impressive ski runs within a few miles of each resort. The 14 smaller ski mountains scattered throughout the state have gentler slopes, fluffy powder, comparatively inexpensive lift tickets, and short lines. You can backcountry, heli, and snow-cat ski in numerous locations statewide.

Basque Culture and History: Much of Idaho’s history can be traced back to its early Basque shepherds—Boise has the largest Basque population outside Europe. Experience this fascinating heritage on the Basque Block, Boise's Basque neighborhood. Here you'll find Basque restaurants, bars, and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. The Jaialdi International Basque Cultural Festival happens every five years, so check online for dates.

Geography Lesson: Idaho is so geographically diverse that each region is practically its own planet. The Bruneau Sand Dunes of southern Idaho are sculpted smooth, while the lava-rock desert of the Craters of the Moon (a national monument and preserve) is rippled and spiked with prehistoric volcanic spray. The grassy City of Rocks is an international mecca for rock climbers. Waterfalls near Thousand Springs are magical, with misty rainbows and crystal clear pools.

Festivals Galore: All over the state, there are celebrations of Idaho’s history, with rodeos, ore-wagon parades, and Wild West reenactments. More contemporary art festivals include the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Treefort Music Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, McCall Winter Carnival, Ballet Idaho, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and lots of smaller arts and crafts festivals.

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