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Things to see and do in Idaho

Tourist offices

Idaho Tourism Office

Address: 700 West State Street, Boise, 83720
Telephone: (208) 334 2470
Website: http://www.visitidaho.org/

Rocky Mountain International Tourism UK

Address: East Sussex, Suite 3 Falmer Court London Road, Uckfield, TN22 1HN
Telephone: 1825 76 3636
Website: http://www.rmi-realamerica.com/idaho

Attractions in Idaho

Birds of a feather

Attend the lively festival and the Western Idaho Fair held in August in Boise, the state capital. It is also home to the World Center for Birds of Prey (www.peregrinefund.org); the Basque Museum & Cultural Center (www.basquemuseum.com) and the Boise Art Museum.

From rivers to forests

Witness the contrasting terrain of Idaho, from Hell's Canyon National Recreational Area, North America's deepest river gorge and home to the Snake, Salmon and Rapid rivers; to Clearwater National Forest; and two of the finest big-game hunting areas in the USA - Chamberlain Basin and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Lunar wonders

See the Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve (http://cratersofthemoon.areaparks.com), a huge lava field with a maze of tunnels and caves. There are plenty of campsites available nearby.

Mountain views

Venture into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, home to the Sawtooth and White Cloud mountains and the Smokey and Boulder ranges. Further north, follow in the footsteps of America's famous explorers along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway.

Play golf

In the north of the state, tee off at the world's only floating golf green in the resort town of Coeur d'Alene (www.cdaresort.com/golf). Visitors can also hire canoes or take a boat cruise on the idyllic lake.

Ski slopes and hot springs

Get active around the upmarket Sun Valley resort area, which offers skiing and winter sports, as well as a range of summer activities such as trail-riding and mountain biking. In the nearby hills soak in hot springs at the Warfield Hot Spring and Russian John Hot Spring.

Subterranean finds

Visit the Wallace District Mining Museum, situated to the east of Coeur d'Alene. Go underground on a Sierra Silver Mine Tour (www.silverminetour.org) or see the Oasis Bordello Museum. Visitors can also ride up Silver Mountain on the world's longest single-stage gondola.

Waterfalls

Explore attractions in the southeast, including the massive Shoshone Falls; the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves; and historic Fort Hall.