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Dip your toes in glacier-carved lakes, experience a classic mountain town and explore a national monument in Central Idaho, Idaho’s most mountainous region in the state.

1. Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake is a must-see for many Idahoans looking to get away from the everyday routine. If you like to stay close to humans and indoor plumbing, there’s Redfish Lake Lodge. Just a few steps away from your front door and you’re wiggling toes in white, sandy beaches. There’s plenty of room to soak in the sun, do some fishing, hiking, boating, paddle boarding and much more. For those who prefer a more rustic experience, campsites are also available. Keep in mind, lodging reservations at Redfish Lake are a must.

2. Sun Valley

Sun Valley has long since made a name for itself in cinema and as a world-renowned skiing destination, but summer here is pretty unrivaled as well. You’ll find a variety of activities at nearby spots where you can stay cool, get your heart rate up, or just relax. Try going outside for some mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding. You can book a round of golf or take the gondola to the summit of Bald Mountain for epic views of the Wood River Valley. If you’re up for some pampering, you’ll find a variety of specialty boutique stores, spas and a wide range of dining options to suit you.

3. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

15,000-20,000 years ago, molten lava erupted from deep within the earth and transformed this terrain into a sci-fi landscape. Today, it is a protected national monument that draws visitors from around the world to marvel at the geological spectacle of these surreal lava rock formations, cinder cones, and lava tubes.

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Published on August 6, 2017