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Explore Idaho’s Natural Scenery

Explore Idaho’s Natural Scenery

Nicknamed “The Gem State”, Idaho is truly a gem as far as holiday destinations are concerned. An agricultural state which is best known for harvesting a third of all the potatoes supplied in the US, Idaho also offers plenty of attractions and activities for tourists and travelers of all kinds.

Travelers also have a wide range of accommodation options in Idaho. Try browsing through the Idaho vacation rental listings that we have to view your options for vacation rentals in Sun Valley, Sandpoint vacation home rentals, Driggs vacations homes and numerous Boise accommodations whether you are traveling alone or with your family or friends. Almost all of the cities in the state such as Idaho Falls, Shelley, Pocatello and Twin Falls have plenty of vacation rental options which provide comfortable yet affordable accommodations.

Located in Blackfoot, Idaho Potato Expo is one of the top attractions that showcases the most famous product of Idaho, potatoes. Here, you would be able to take a tour of the museum, a gift shop which sells everything related to potatoes and the largest potato chip in the world. The admission fee already includes a baked potato and toppings. If you and your family are staying in an Idaho vacation rental near Blackfoot, make sure to add this attraction to your trip itinerary as the whole family would surely find it fun and interesting.

Open year round, Lava Hot Springs attraction is made up of natural hot water springs that have been used by the Indians as healing waters for many centuries. It also features an Olympic Swimming Complex and Sunken Gardens that would provide you the ultimate hot springs experience. If you are planning to make this one of the key destinations for your Idaho vacation, instead of checking in at a hotel, you could stay at one of the Idaho vacation homes that we have listed here. Located in Pocatello, in the campus of the Idaho State University, Idaho Museum of Natural History has numerous exhibits which depict Idaho’s natural history. Two of the most popular galleries in the museum would be The Nature of Idaho and the Fichter Gallery. The museum offers something for everybody so both adults and children should find it quite interesting and educational.

If you would be staying in Idaho and renting an Idaho vacation home in the spring, the Snake River Canyon is an attraction that you should definitely see. One of the most noted features of the Snake River would be Shoshone Falls, which has water that plunges 212 feet, offering a spectacular view of the best of nature’s wonders. A monument and preserve which has a total area of 750,000 acres, the Craters of the Moon National Monument has a wide array of different volcanic features such as cinder cones, volcanic rifts, shield volcanoes, lava tubes and spatter cones. Some of the activities that you can do here aside from learning more about volcanoes would be bird watching, hiking, photography, caving, camping and backpacking. It is advisable to rent a Central Idaho vacation home rental if you would be visiting this top attraction.

Located in South Central Idaho, City of Rocks National Reserve is a great destination if you are looking for some more adventurous outdoor activities like rock climbing and hiking. It features numerous massive boulders that reach heights of more than 100 meters. While staying at a vacation rental in Coeur d’Alene, make sure to visit Silver Mountain Ski and Summer Resort where the longest single-stage gondola can be found. You can enjoy a scenic ride to the top where you would be able to see a breathtaking view. The deepest river gorge found in North America, Hells Canyon offers over 70 miles of rugged river country. For adventurous travelers, you could explore it in a raft or jet boat or go for a hike or a trail ride.

Attracting tourists from all over the globe, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is where you can find the many fossil deposits of Idaho from the Pliocene Epoch that are about 3.5 million years old. It is also where an ancient lake once was. It is the sediment layers of this ancient lake which have carefully preserved the fossils of a creature that looked like a horse. Aside from the numerous tourist attractions in the state, there are also a myriad of activities that you can do, regardless of when you would be visiting. In the winter, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and even camping. You can just rent an Idaho vacation home and you should be able to have a fun-filled winter getaway by visiting some of the best ski resorts in the state.

If you would be visiting in the summer, you can do some boating, camping, whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, hiking and mountain biking since Idaho has various types of terrain and bodies of water that provide excellent locations for outdoor activities. There is also rodeo in more rural areas. You can also try playing golf or going on glider rides, scenic flights, ATV rides and interesting wildlife tours. Sun Valley cottage rentals would particularly be a convenient choice if you want to be right in the center of the action.