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The Scenic Winter Drive Through Idaho That Will Absolutely Enchant You

Doing a few ski runs down our groomed mountain trails isn’t the only way to experience the magic and beauty of winter. A relaxing, scenic drive offers all the rural beauty, picture-perfect overlooks, and snowy mountain peaks you could hope for, but experienced from the comfort and warmth of your car. While Idaho has dozens of scenic byways to choose from (over 2,400 official miles of them, to be exact), one is particularly accessible and beautiful in winter: the Payette River Scenic Byway.

Still undecided? How about seeing it from a whole new perspective? Footage courtesy of James K via YouTube.


There’s no doubt about it: Idaho is a beautiful wonderland year round! While you’re in the area, check out Idaho’s biggest winter festival, or brave this challenging hike. For another easy drive in the opposite direction, check out the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway from Boise to Lowman.

But if epic scenic drives and extended vacays are more your style, this 2017 Idaho Road Trip Bucket List is for you!

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and Idaho native who has loves basking in Idaho sunsets and indulging in spontaneous nature walks across the state.