1. Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Not only is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness the largest protected wilderness area in the state, but it's the largest in the entire continental United States. At a whopping 2.4 million acres of pure, untouched wilderness, the Frank Church area is one of Idaho's most prized treasures. With plenty of mountains, forest, rivers, and wildlife, this is where Idahoans go to lose themselves in nature.
2. Bruneau Canyon
Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Southwest Idaho", the Bruneau Canyon is downright spectacular and is by far one of the most dramatic sights in the Gem State. Just look at this picture! It almost looks like something from a different planet.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Salmon River, Stanley is a mountain paradise of a town. When it comes to beautiful small towns, Stanley takes the cake. Quiet, hidden from view, and surrounded by gorgeous mountains, it doesn't get any dreamier than this.
4. Route of the Hiawatha
It's easy to see why so many Idahoans are outdoor enthusiasts when you come across beautiful trails like this one. The Route of the Hiawatha is one of the greatest rail-trails in the entire country. Boasting 10 tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles which are perfect for taking in the view, this is Idaho at its very best!
5. Lake Coeur d'Alene
Idaho is home to plenty of gorgeous lakes, but one of our most beloved is the incredible Lake Coeur d'Alene. There's a reason this is one of the most popular summertime destinations in the state. Here you'll find boating and recreational opportunities galore. Spanning 25 miles and surrounded by stunning forest scenery, Lake Coeur d'Alene is one of our favorites.
6. Snake River Canyon
Running for over 50 miles, the Snake River Canyon is a treasure trove of some of Idaho's greatest sights. Here you'll find breathtaking waterfalls such as Shoshone Falls and iconic landmarks such as the Perrine Bridge. With depths of up to 500 feet, the canyon is one of Idaho's most breathtaking wonders.
7. Castle Rocks State Park
Idaho is home to a multitude of diverse landscapes, and this fact couldn't be any more apparent when it comes to Castle Rocks State Park. Containing 1,692 acres of unique rock formations, the park is considered a paradise for rock climbers. Even if you don't climb, you can still appreciate the beauty of this oddly beautiful landscape from afar.
8. Sawtooth Mountains
Encompassing 678 square miles, the Sawtooth Mountain Range is one of Idaho's most jarring areas. Featuring sharp and jagged peaks, it's easy to see why these mountains have the name that they do. However, there's something incredibly beautiful about the rough exterior of these mountains. With a maximum elevation of 10,751 feet, you can't help but feel a sense of awe when staring at these beauties.
9. Bear Lake State Park
Located on the shores of Bear Lake, the park straddles the border between Idaho and Utah. This place is a true desert oasis. The highlight of the park is the stunning Bear Lake which features bright turquoise water; an odd sight in the middle of the arid landscape. There's a sense of tranquility in this park that you don't come across very often.
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