From lush mountainsides and snowy precipices to magnificent mirrored lakes, Idaho is one incredible view after another when it comes to our scenery, but we all know that our great outdoors is best experienced, well, outdoors! These stunning views may be merely a taste of what the Gem State has to offer, but they make a great starting point for experiencing the diverse landscape of Idaho up close and personal.
Best Top-of-the-World View: Galena Summit
The scenic Boulder White Clouds are home to some incredible beauty, and were recently designated as protected wilderness. As the highest highway summit overlook in the Northwest, the Galena Summit overlook showcases the incredible Sawtooths and the headwaters of the Salmon River to absolute perfection.
Best Urban View: Boise Table Rock
If you've never caught a sunrise or sunset from up here, you're missing out.
Best Out-of-This-World View: Owyhee Canyonlands
Away from the city lights of Boise, Idaho's night sky is always magnificent. As the least populated and most remote portion of the state (and in the US as it overlaps into Nevada), Idaho's southwest corner offers unrivaled views of the stars, with or without a telescope.
Best Rural View: Southern Idaho at Sunset
Idaho has no shortage of picture-perfect sunsets, sunrises, and everything in between. But the bold and fiery colors that overtake rural southern Idaho every evening are what dreams (and the endings of old Westerns) are made of.
Best Waterfall View: Shoshone Falls
At 212 feet high, this landmark cascade in Twin Falls is simply divine, especially during peak runoff.
Best Desert View: Bruneau Sand Dunes
Our own little Sahara in the Magic Valley.
Best Panoramic View: Sun Valley
Idaho's world-famous resort and skiing haven, the Sun Valley area makes for a postcard-ready panoramic view that is hard to beat, and even lovelier to visit no matter the season.
Best Fear-Inducing View: Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon is a truly sight to behold, whether gazing from above or seated at the base of the rocky, intimidating crags that surround you on every side. At 7,200 feet deep, Hell's Canyon is deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon and is a bucket list must-visit.
Best Waterfront View: Lake Coeur d'Alene
Idaho's bounty of lakes and rivers makes it hard to choose a favorite view, but Lake Coeur d'Alene is unique in that it is surrounded by the Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway, allowing for incredible panoramic views around every curve.
Best River View: The Salmon River
Why? Maybe because it lures you in with this...
And then hits you with this.
Welcome to the River of No Return.
Idaho’s beauty is unrivaled, wouldn’t you say? What’s you favorite view in Idaho?