Idaho December 12, 2017
You Must Visit These 8 Awesome Places In Idaho This Winter
There’s no denying that Idaho truly shines during winter. As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, the Gem State turns into a giant winter wonderland. There are just as many things to do here in the winter as there are in the summer – maybe even more! If you choose to stay indoors during the winter, then you are truly missing out on all of the incredible beauty in our state. These eight places are the perfect locations to experience winter in Idaho. So, check them out and start planning your next adventure.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Take a trek to one of Idaho's gorgeous frozen waterfalls.
Cathy Nash Wilson
Waterfalls are an amazing sight during all times of the year, but especially in winter when they are frozen solid. Many people are surprised to discover that Idaho is a treasure trove of waterfalls. Most famously, the Shoshone Falls even tops Niagara Falls in height. However, there are dozens of gorgeous, lesser-known waterfalls hidden around the state. The sight of these frozen waterfalls in winter is simply not to be missed. For a full list of Idaho's top frozen waterfalls, check out our article
2. Go on a winter horseback adventure.
Here in Idaho, horseback riding is an iconic activity during spring and summer. However, there's really nothing like exploring Idaho's terrain via horseback during wintertime. The horseback adventuring company Equus Journeys offers an incredible, week-long horseback adventure right here in Idaho. The adventure starts near Idaho Falls and takes you to Warm Creek, stopping at some of the most dramatic, snowy scenery in the state. This horseback adventure is the stuff of dreams! For more information, check out our full article
3. Enjoy a winter getaway at this enchanting guest ranch.
Vacationing isn't solely reserved for summertime. In fact, winter is one of the best times to make a getaway from your everyday stresses. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is one of the most scenic places to make a winter getaway. This cozy lodge is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking winter scenery in North Idaho. You'll feel like you've been transported to a scene from a winter fairytale! For more information, check out our full article
4. Visit the snowiest spot in Idaho.
Idahoans are more than familiar with snow. The entire state gets its fair share of the white stuff during the winter months. However, there is one place that consistently gets an incredible, record-breaking amount of snow every year. Island Park is a hidden gem of a town with only around 250 residents. It's beautiful all year long but it's absolute bliss during winter when the entire area is blanketed in pristine, white snow. Island Park gets an average annual snowfall of a whopping 211 inches! It's an incredible winter destination that you absolutely have to experience. For more information, check out our full article
5. Dine at a restaurant on a mountain...that you can only get to by gondola.
Is there anything better than enjoying dinner with an epic view? The Roundhouse sits on the side of Bald Mountain in idyllic Sun Valley, Idaho. Not only is the restaurant's location unique, but the means of transportation to the restaurant is truly one of a kind. The place is only accessible by gondola ride up the mountain side, guaranteeing a dining experience you really will never forget. For more information, check out our full article
6. Visit McCall during their famous winter festival.
McCall's Winter Carnival is iconic here in Idaho. Every year, the town totally transforms into a winter playground of snow sculptures and events. The festival itself draws thousands of visitors to this beautiful town. Parades, traditional events, fireworks, and more all take place during the carnival. However, it's the massive snow sculpture competition that is the main attraction. These incredible sculptures are something that must be seen up close and in person. For more information about this yearly event, see our full article
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7. Go for a scenic winter hike.
Hiking is an iconic Idaho activity during the summer. However, it can be just as enchanting during winter. You don't have to be a professional skier or snowboarder to go out and explore Idaho's snowy landscapes. Hiking will do the trick just as well. Throw on some extra thick socks under your hiking boots and check out one of Idaho's many breathtaking winter hiking trails. For our complete list of Idaho's absolute best winter hiking trails, check out our full article
8. Enjoy a beautiful holiday light display.
Your winter isn't complete until you go out and see some epic light displays. Idaho hosts many impressive holiday light displays throughout the state. This is an activity the entire family, young and old, will enjoy and treasure. Pictured above is the Winter Spirit light display in Lewiston, which you can learn more about
Have you done any of these quintessential Idaho winter activities? What else would you add to this list? When you’re done taking in the Idaho outdoors, check out these
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