The Most Underrated State for Adventure Travel

Jan 7, 2013

The Most Underrated State for Adventure Travel

Why you should head to Idaho next…

When’s the last time you were thinking about taking a trip to Idaho? Exactly. You weren’t. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Idaho has got it all, and we think it’s one of the most underrated places in the U.S. for adventure travel.

Sure, Idaho gets to claim a little slice of Yellowstone National Park, but that’s just a taste of all the greatness you can find there. Have you ever heard of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness? It’s the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 and has approximately 2,616 miles of trails (that’s a lot of backcountry to check out!). And while that’s impressive, Idaho also boasts more than 3,000 miles of rivers, including the Salmon River, which is the longest free-flowing river in any state. The whitewater gods were kind to Idaho.

In the northern part of the state, crystal clear lakes rule the terrain. In the heart of Idaho, you can find deep gorges, towering mountains and rivers running so clear that you can spot fish 50 feet away (that makes for some darn good fishing).

To the south, thundering waterfalls, hot springs and caves await. Add to that, a night sky filled with stars, the widest variety of wildlife in the country, and all the hiking, biking, and rafting in between, and you’ve got yourself an adventurers’ paradise.

Imagine yourself in some of the best and most pristine wilderness that still exists today. Idaho is wild, untamed and rugged. It’s that little piece of outdoors that’s been untouched and left for us to experience in all of its glory. And isn’t that what we’re all trying to find?

Bet You Didn’t Know Idaho…

True and fun facts that will make you want to go

Idaho has 3,100 miles of rivers. Isn’t that reason enough to go?

You may not fish from a camel’s back in Idaho. Hopefully, this won’t keep you from visiting.

Ernest Hemingway was an Idaho fan. He arrived in Sun Valley in 1939 to work on his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, because it offered wide open spaces for hunting, skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities.

At 7,900-feet-deep, Idaho’s Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. That’s deeper than the Grand Canyon!

A treasure is said to be hidden in Beaver Canyon that has never been located. The buried cache is said to be that of the Montana sheriff turned outlaw, Henry Plummer. Maybe you’ll find it?

You can look into four states from Heaven’s Gate Lookout located in Seven Devils’ Peaks.

In Pocatello, a person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face. But from what we’ve seen, that might be true of the whole state.



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Cari Morgan
Cari Morgan is O.A.R.S.' Communications Specialist (a.k.a. the voice of O.A.R.S.). She lives and plays in the Sierra Foothills.
  • Donna Hull

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana on the very edge of the Idaho/Montana border. My husband and I are hoping to drive the Magruder Corridor between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Franck Church Wilderness this summer. For winter, we like snowshoeing on the Idaho state line at Lolo Pass. $5 entrance fee per car gives you all the winter fun you can have in one day.

  • Mark Bradbury

    Another great feature of Idaho’s wilderness is its proximity to Boise. Within a couple hours of driving you can experience untouched wilderness. How many other cities can make that boast?

  • Tara Schatz

    Yeah, I’d definitely vacation in Idaho. Maybe you should give Kansas a whirl?

  • Daniel

    Idaho is terrible! No fun here so don’t bother coming. Wilderness is scary and rivers are too cold!

    • Cari_Morgan

      Ha! Looks like someone doesn’t want the secret to get out…

  • hikingmike

    Tallest (single freestanding) sand dune in North America. Idaho is friggin awesome.

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