Thinking of going somewhere off the beaten path for your next road trip? More and more people are looking for more unique destinations and taking in all that the US has to offer the sojourner; and social media has become a prime motivator for getting travelers interested in exploring beyond the well-trodden trails.
Folks aren’t just heading to tropical locales or the ubiquitous Disney trip any longer, but are instead enjoying some of the other hidden gems in America whether by RV or the trusty family minivan and it’s driving tourism to all-time highs. Idaho in particular is enjoying a tremendous amount of tourism recently, thanks to the picturesque nature of this beautiful state lending to so much Instagram and Facebook action by would-be photographers – you’ve may even have had a pic or two make its way into your news feed!
Tempting? If you’re thinking about pulling off a successful Idaho road trip, use this guide to pack the most into your itinerary!
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Not exactly a National Park (though it takes up a huge chunk of real estate in the state of Idaho), Hells Canyon is America’s deepest canyon – even deeper than the Grand Canyon!
Plunging a staggering 7993 feet to the valley floor below it at its deepest point, this Canyon cars its way around Idaho and Oregon border and is situated right next to the Seven Devils Mountain Range. Float trips down the river through the canyon are incredible, as our jet boat tours, and you are definitely going to want to make sure that you visit this destination on your Idaho road trip.
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Covering more than 26 miles and with 135 miles of beaches, this Lake is an international resort destination and home to some of the most incredible natural landscape you’ll find anywhere in the US, let alone Idaho. Resorts are located throughout Lake Coeur d’Alene, giving you plenty of opportunity to rest, relax, and recover, and you’ll find more activities to enjoy here then you ever would have thought possible!
The Route of Hiawatha
A converted rail trail that cruises along the St. Joe River for more than 15 miles, the best way to experience this road trip destination is on bicycle. You’ll be able to cruise your bike over seven unique trestle bridges and through 10 different train tunnels, and the entirety of the trail is downhill so you don’t have to worry about burning out on your bike if it’s been a while. There are shuttle buses at the end of the trail that will bring you back to the top – and back to your car – making this a must see destination and road trip detour.
Craters of the Moon
Roughly the same size as the entire state of Rhode Island, you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy to visit Idaho and not see what the Craters of the Moon is all about. Spanning more than 750,000 acres, the entire terrain is covered in lava tubes, cinder cones, and fissures – and you’ll feel just like you are on the surface of the moon rather than smack dab in Idaho itself!
There is so much to see and so much to do in Idaho, and the above destinations represent only the tip of the iceberg of hotspots that you want to visit when you are road tripping through this incredible American state.