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Old 02-19-2020, 7:32 PM
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Default Road trip to Idaho - places to visit ?

Hello all,

I read this forum daily but post very infrequently.

I'm planning a road trip to Idaho in early June and can spend 7 to 10 days. No particular schedule or route yet. Traveling with my brother, both in 40s.

I'm asking for full time or part time Idahoans here for places to see / things to do while in Idaho. Interests are along the lines of scenic mountain / lake views, hiking, rafting, easy offroading, local history and any local color, events or food. Also thinking to bring couple of bolt actions for impromptu long range practice on BLM land or local ranges. Not really looking for anything overly touristy.

Planning to spend couple of days in Boise and surrounding areas as I'm evaluating options for relocation in 3-5 years. Other than that no set plans as of yet.

Any ideas appreciated!

Vipunen
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Old 02-19-2020, 8:58 PM
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Go to twin fall, on the way there is shashoni falls, and where evil kanevial attempted to jump the snake river.
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Old 02-19-2020, 9:36 PM
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This is first time I learned that somebody has attempted to jump over the river on a motorcycle. I found the wikipedia article on Shoshone Falls and Evel Knievel's first attempt in 1974.

This is two hours east of Boise. Should be good volume of water in early June. Definitely planning to stop for a look.

Thank you!
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Old 02-19-2020, 10:07 PM
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shoshone falls, devil's washbowl, balanced rock, craters of the moon national monument around boise to twin falls-ish. east side of the state toward yellowstone, there's mesa falls.
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:03 AM
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Hello all,

I read this forum daily but post very infrequently.

I'm planning a road trip to Idaho in early June and can spend 7 to 10 days. No particular schedule or route yet. Traveling with my brother, both in 40s.

I'm asking for full time or part time Idahoans here for places to see / things to do while in Idaho. Interests are along the lines of scenic mountain / lake views, hiking, rafting, easy offroading, local history and any local color, events or food. Also thinking to bring couple of bolt actions for impromptu long range practice on BLM land or local ranges. Not really looking for anything overly touristy.

Planning to spend couple of days in Boise and surrounding areas as I'm evaluating options for relocation in 3-5 years. Other than that no set plans as of yet.

Any ideas appreciated!

Vipunen
Close to boise, the "lowman loop" (boise lowman garden valley banks, then back to boise) is a nice way to see the local mountains. The road from garden valley on the way to banks provides a great view of the south fork of the payette river, and in June, water will be quite high with lots of kayakers and rafters. You can arrange a guided raft trip on the south fork as well.

Ketchum / sun valley is an interesting place to visit, especially if you go on idaho 21 through stanley, a picturesque mountain town in the Sawtooths.

You can also head north from stanley to see very desolate area with some great history and dramatic mountain peaks. This area has the tallest mountains in our state, including Mt Borah.

North idaho is worth a visit if you have time and you want to experience completely different terrain than southwest idaho's high desert. Rolling hills with wheat farms and dense forests on steep mountain slopes. Driving along the lochsa river is awesome.

On the way to north idaho , you pass through riggins, where you might see people lined up shoulder to shoulder trying to catch salmon.

The hells canyon area, bordering oregon and wash, is a great visit too for some dramatic scenery and a very deep canyon.

East idaho on the way to yellowstone is interesting as well.

South of boise in the desert provides many opportunities for casual shooting. If you are here over the fathers day weekend, check out the Nampa rod and gun club's annual egg shoot. It's become quite the event, with multiple classes and lots of fun shooting at eggs and meeting other shooters.

Hope this helps! I am sure others have ideas about places I forgot.
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Old 02-21-2020, 4:55 AM
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Oops, egg shoot is at the homedale gun club range. Nampa range hosts lots of events too, and the george nourse range south of nampa is free to the public.
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I’ve seen the Tetons many times but it was nice to see the back side from ID one time as we drove through potato heaven.
One time driving through ID back from Yellowstone there was a self drive through fenced area full of grizzlies we visited.(wife was not happy to be that close).

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Old 02-21-2020, 6:44 AM
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Wow, lot of information in this thread. Thank you for all the replies.

At this point I'm thinking to do a loop through western and central Idaho, starting from Boise, go counter clockwise and stop at:
- Shoshone, Twin Falls
- Craters of the Moon
- Borah
- Sun Valley
- Stanley
- Lowman

and then another loop from Boise north to Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene, including Hells Canyon.

This should be doable in about a week + both weekends and cover lot of varied scenery. Also need to allow couple of days for Boise and ranges near Boise / Nampa / Homedale.

Thank you for all the ideas, this is a lot. May need to come back following year for the eastern ID and Montana.

Vipunen
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Going thru Lewiston there are great petroglyphs south of Asotin, Nez Perce National Historic Park on the Clearwater. Lewis and Clark sites, Idaho’s first Capitol. Jet boats or whitewater rafting in Hell’s Canyon.

On the way to CdA, stop in Moscow for micro brews at Hunga Dunga brewery or Steam or Tapped for huge selections. Downtown is quaint with good restaurants. Give me a shout and I’ll buy the first round.
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We went to St. Anthony sand dunes before heading over the hill to Jackson. Even if you dont have a dirtbike you can rent one or even a horse to explore a little bit. The dunes are so steep compared to what we have in SoCal.
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We went to St. Anthony sand dunes before heading over the hill to Jackson. Even if you dont have a dirtbike you can rent one or even a horse to explore a little bit. The dunes are so steep compared to what we have in SoCal.
They make for great sledding for the kids in the winter. We ferry them on 4wheelers to the top and pick them back up at the bottom.
They can sled all day like that there
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