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Southwest Idaho offers incredible hiking and biking trails, rushing rivers, and historical sites as well as urban delights in Boise, the lakeside town of McCall and the bustling town of Mountain Home, the location of the Mountain Home Air Force Base. There’s no shortage of entertainment when visiting Southwest Idaho. From concerts, breweries, and wineries to local dining, shopping, and outdoor recreation, endless opportunities await.

Rafting, Payette River, Near Banks. Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.
Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall. Photo credit: Idaho Tourism.

Seek out local Idaho food, wines and craft beer— all are receiving the same high acclaim that the region’s recreational offerings have long enjoyed. Southwest Idaho’s ideal grape-growing conditions have led to the designation of two American Viticultural Areas in this part of the state—so put a winery tour on your short list or check out one of the local breweries after a day of play.

Drop a line in the region’s many lakes and rivers, climb a sand dune at Bruneau Dunes State Park or test your surfing skills at Boise’s Whitewater Park. Explore Boise’s rich Basque heritage, stroll through the Idaho State Museum and visit museums and galleries around the area. In the evening, watch a live performance at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, catch an outdoor concert, or enjoy any of the numerous performing arts ensembles in Southwest Idaho.

When the snow flies, choose from an array of ski areas for a variety of winter activities including a mountain coaster, tubing hills, and sleigh rides: Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Brundage Mountain Resort, Little Ski Hill, and Tamarack Resort.

Buckle up for rowdy whitewater in Hells Canyon, big hikes, a heaping dose of history and a to-die-for dish that will have you making plans to linger a little longer in Southwest Idaho.

Getting to Southwest Idaho

Whether you pack up the car or hop on an airplane, this list of scenic byways and nearby airports will simplify your travel plans.

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The Scenic Route

Southwest Idaho Travel Tips

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