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5 Reasons Why You Need to Explore Idaho This Summer

Stay outside all summer long.

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Summer is a time to get outside with the people you love and enjoy some fresh air. If you don’t already have plans to explore Idaho this summer, this ought to convince you!

1. Waterfalls

5 of Idaho’s Most Impressive Waterfalls You Need to Expore | Photo: Josh Packer

There’s no better feeling on a summer hike than a misty breeze keeping you cool every step of the way. Idaho has some of the most impressive waterfalls in the country - including “the Niagara Falls of the West.” Bring a picnic and your favorite people and spend the day hanging out, relaxing, and enjoying the sound of the rushing water. It’s the ideal soundtrack for an afternoon nap in the sun.

2. The Open Road

The Ultimate Idaho Summer Road Trip | Photo: Fudo Jahic

Nothing says summer like packing up the car and hitting the road. Whether you’re taking a week to camp and explore the state or just looking for a quick and leisurely Sunday drive, there are endless amazing options in Idaho.

3. The Backcountry

12 Incredible Backpacking Trips in Idaho | Photo: Mike Sanders

Summer is the best time to take your hiking and camping to the next level on a backpacking trip. Pristine alpine lakes, towering peaks, rolling valleys covered in wildflowers...you’ll find all of these and more in the wild Idaho backcountry.

4. Hot Springs

7 Relaxing Hot Springs in Idaho | Photo: Ross Perkins

Hot springs need no explanation. You know your body will thank you for a warm soak after a long day of adventuring. Idaho has a unique geological make up that supplies the state with scores of relaxing hot springs in stunning locations.

5. Summers Are for Making Memories

10 Family-Friendly Adventures in Idaho | Photo: Ross Miller

Summer is a time when families can escape the crazy combination of school, soccer, dance, and whatever other hundreds of things that occupy their time and attention for most of the year. So slow down a little and spend some quality time with your family in Idaho’s beautiful outdoors this summer. Kids are only kids for 18 summers. Make them count.

Discover more adventures at Visit Idaho.

Cover photo: Ross Perkins

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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