Home to the state’s capital, Boise, southwest Idaho offers the best of both worlds for visitors. From awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails, rushing rivers and sand dunes to historical sites, top-notch wineries, local craft breweries and entertainment, this region showcases a variety of easily accessible adventures.
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Cities & Towns
Take the Road Less Traveled
Southwest Idaho is brimming with unexpected discoveries … Start your journey in Boise, and venture off the beaten path to uncover a treasure trove of nearby adventures.
Get to Know IdahoNeed some ideas for your next Idaho road trip? Check out these travel tips and start planning your adventure.
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Need Help Planning Your Next Adventure?
Here you’ll find frequently asked questions about southwest Idaho.
- Where can I experience Idaho’s award-winning wines in southwest Idaho? The Snake River Valley AVA just outside Boise features the Sunnyslope Wine Trail with more than 20 vineyards along the route; as well as Eagle Foothills AVA that lies within the larger Snake River Valley AVA. Find urban wineries and tasting rooms in Boise and Garden City.
- What arts and culture activities are available? Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Starlight Mountain Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic, LED, and Treefort Music Fest to name a few.
- Does southwest Idaho have whitewater rafting? Yes. You’ll find guided half, full and multi-day trips for every level of paddler. Learn more about guided river experiences here.
- What is there to do in the winter? Ski at Bogus Basin, Tamarack Resort and Brundage Mountain Resort. Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or snowmobile hundreds of miles of trails. Up the fun with ice fishing, snow tubing, fat tire biking, and winter festivals.
- Can I find fall colors in southwest Idaho? Boise, aka the “City of Trees”, has an abundance of fall colors. Head into the surrounding mountains for peak fall foliage finds and look for the Western Lark, a deciduous conifer, whose needles turn yellow in the fall.
- What historic sites and museums can I visit? The entire town of Idaho City, Idaho State Museum, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Celebration Park, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho Black History Museum, Three Island Crossing State Park, and various Oregon Trail sites.
- What unusual or unique adventures are in southwest Idaho? World Center for Birds of Prey, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Bruneau Dunes State Park, Silver City, Kelly’s Whitewater Park, Boise Whitewater Park, geothermal heated Capitol building, Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA.
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The Scenic Route
Pack up the car and discover the magic of southwest Idaho’s scenic byways:Payette River Scenic Byway Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway Main Oregon Trail Backcountry Byway Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway Lower Payette River Heritage Byway Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway Western Heritage Historic Byway
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 CloudsFlying to Idaho? Check out Boise Airport in Boise, or the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls in Twin Falls 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.