Things to see and do in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore attractions in the southeast, including the massive Shoshone Falls; the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves; and historic Fort Hall.
Idaho Tourism OfficeAddress: 700 West State Street, Boise, 83720
Telephone: (208) 334 2470
Rocky Mountain International Tourism UKAddress: East Sussex, Suite 3 Falmer Court London Road, Uckfield, TN22 1HN
Telephone: 1825 76 3636