Central Idaho

Central Idaho is home to some of Idaho’s most dramatic scenery. From Redfish Lake to the Salmon River, central Idaho has no shortage of thrilling whitewater, alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, wildflower-filled meadows and historic mountain towns. With the first and only International Dark Sky Reserve, the stargazing here is out of this world.

Get to Know Idaho

Need some ideas for your next Idaho road trip? Check out these travel tips and start planning your adventure.

Highlights of a Salmon River Scenic Byway Road Trip

Discover natural hot springs, mountain peaks, glacial lakes and starry skies on this road trip.

An Idaho Star-Studded Summer Adventure

Learn about central Idaho’s International Dark Sky Reserve, where to go, when and how to see the stars.

Trace Hemingway's Footsteps through Sun Valley

Celebrate one of the most famous writers in history with must-see spots around Sun Valley and Ketchum.

Explore the Wild Beauty of the Sawtooth Scenic Byway

Experience geological wonders and creature comforts along one of the most beautiful routes in Idaho.

A Beginner's Guide to Hiking the Sawtooth Mountains

Get the scoop on must-hike trails in the Sawtooth Mountain Range, known as the crown jewel of Idaho.


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Getting to
Central Idaho

Maps & Guides

Planning your Idaho getaway couldn’t be easier with our free travel guides and maps. Inspiration and information at your fingertips.

Head in the Clouds

Flying to Idaho? Check out Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls, or the Boise Airport in Boise for the most convenient access.

Places to Stay

From camping under the stars to cozy cabins, vacation rentals and hotels, find the accommodation that fits your every need.