As it turns out, Idaho does (and always will) keep getting better the more you explore it. Whether you’re avid sportsman and adventurer, or a creative individual with a passion for capturing Idaho’s beauty in a more artistic way, we have some rather unique venues here in the Gem State that offer unusual things to do here in the heart of it all.
1. Learn to sail.
There's nothing more relaxing than a day on the water, but rather than a day spent on a jet ski, a throwback sailing experience is often overlooked. Despite being landlocked, Idaho has a number of lakes and reservoirs that make ideal sailing locales. While formal sailing lessons can be hard to come by, the Sandpoint Sailing Association in conjunction with the City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department generally offers volunteer-taught sailing lessons every season. The Southern Idaho Sailing Association also allows observers to ask questions and learn the ropes (literally).
2. Drive the car of your dreams.
Idaho doesn't have its own Autobahn, but it does offer more than a few ways to satisfy your need for speed, with an adrenaline rush to go with it. The Motorsport Lab is a supercar experience agency with a location in Boise that will let you hand-pick a foreign or classic sportscar from their arsenal, and be trained in the fine art of 0-200 mph.
3. Make your own glass and play with fire.
Whether diving into the art of glass blowing at Boise Glass Art, tackling the heat of a ceramic kiln at the Idaho Art Lab in St. Anthony, or exploring the world of metal at FireFusion, try your hand at an art form that requires a little more edge.
Experience Idaho's unique scenery in a whole new way by barreling through desert and tree-laden landscapes, hundreds to thousands of feet above the ground. Idaho has numerous companies and zipline tracks, so be sure to check out Silver Streak,
, and the
Schweitzer Mountain Zipline
5. Tour a knife-making factory.
It's no secret that Idahoans love knives. They're a necessity more than anything -- so why not see what goes into making one of the sturdiest knife brands on the planet? You'll also have the opportunity to design a custom Buck knife, just the way you like it. Sparks are sure to fly!
6. Soar above the Idaho landscape in a hot air balloon.
Idaho is simply too magnificent to be seen only at eye level. There are dozens of hot air balloon tour companies that will let you experience Idaho's beauty from a whole new perspective.
7. Explore your inner artist.
Whether at The Art Museum, Boise Creative Center, or any number of the awesome paint and sip classes offered across the state, you can learn to draw, paint, and sketch your way through nearly any subject. Some classes, like the nature journaling offer at the IAM, incorporate field trips to put your skills into practice, while others let you go as rogue as you like.
8. Be one of the first to do a Bumper Tubing run.
Most Idahoans have hiked up a snowy hill at some point and let a sled or tube whip them down through a flurry of flying powder. Bumper tubing is the summer version of this favorite winter pastime, and Idaho's best tubing hill is prepared to bring this awesome activity to Garden Valley. Perfect for all ages, the slick lanes will send you flying.