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Summer Vacation in Idaho

Article By: Sid Lezamiz
Published: Published: Jun 12, 2018 | Updated: Feb 20, 2024 at 11:39 am
Categories: General Audience

Summer Vacation in Idaho
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There is no better place to plan a family vacation than Idaho. You can travel many miles to other states and countries, but in fact some of the finest natural beauty and recreational opportunities are right here in Idaho.

Check the Visit Idaho website to see all that Idaho has to offer. Meanwhile consider these four ideas to jumpstart your summer.

  • Shoshone Falls. Twin Falls, Idaho. Scenic overlook, playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming area, trails.
  • Lava Hot Springs. Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. World famous hot springs laden with minerals and lacking in sulfur (that is a good thing).
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument. Arco, Idaho. Lava flows, caves and craters. Hiking and backpacking.
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park. Bruneau, Idaho. The tallest free-standing sand dunes in North America. Hiking, climbing and sand surfing.
  • Snake River Canyon Rim Trails. Twin Falls, Idaho. Ten miles of Rails to Trail developed trail along the Snake River Canyon. Walking, hiking, biking.

Fantastic summer vacation in Idaho ideas right here in your own backyard. CLICK for a full listing of fabulous things to do in Idaho.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Idaho’s waterfalls whose roaring raw power and towering walls have drawn tourists for decades. Whether you are venturing out for a short day trip or planning a long road trip, make sure you stop to see one of Idaho’s most powerful natural wonders. Check out five of Idaho’s top waterfalls and let the list below be your guide to these wild and wet stunners.

Located just outside of Stanley, Lady Face Falls is a hidden gem. To get there, take the trailhead along Stanley Lake Creek for a short and moderately challenging hike. After traversing through some breathtaking backcountry, you will find the Lady Face and Bridal Veil falls. Hidden deep in the wilderness, these free-flowing falls carve a graceful place into the surrounding forest.

Elk Creek Falls consists of three separate falls: the upper, middle, and lower. These waterfalls are accessible by a strenuous path just outside of Elk river. Although Elk Creek Falls may be difficult to reach, you will love the thick green forest and crystal clear rushing water as you hike along. Once you reach the waterfall, be sure to let your jaw drop – and take some time to marvel at how nature could create something so beautiful.

A short two-hour drive from Boise will take you to Twin Falls to see the “Niagara of the West.” When the snow begins to melt and the flowers start blossoming, Shoshone Falls begins to gain strength, making this colossal waterfall best to view during the spring and early summer when it’s at its peak. Shoshone Falls is 900 feet wide and is fed by the Snake River. Stand at the scenic overlook and watch this roaring giant feed endless amounts of water 212 feet into the river below. During your visit, be sure to have a picnic, explore one of the recreational facilities, or head out on one of the many hiking trails.