Idaho October 19, 2016
9 Perfect Places In Idaho For People Who Hate Crowds
Idaho’s tourism industry rakes in over $3.4 billion into the Gem State’s economy each year. It’s a nice supplement to our rural economy, but with so many visitors, Idaho can feel a little crowded at times – especially in our major tourist hot spots. If you’re ever feeling just a little too overwhelmed by the seasonal influx or just feel the need to get away from it all, check out these 9 places that are perfect for when you need a break from.. you know, people. Facetiously speaking, of course.
1. Idaho's "Remote Spot"
Encompassing over 2.4 million acres, this breathtaking piece of Idaho's landscape is as isolated and untouched as it gets. But if you remember
article we posted a while back, you'll also discover that buried in the heart of this tree-filled wilderness there is one particular point that is considered its most isolated spot.
Often called the "End of the Line," the itty-bitty town of Dixie is literally the last stop before the middle of nowhere, a.k.a. Idaho's backcountry. You won't find a lot of people or businesses here, but perched on the edge of the wilderness, you'll see civilization fade into the background of your rearview mirror before you can even blink.
3. Owyhee Wilderness
Bureau of Land Management/Flickr
4. Shorty Peak
Idaho's northernmost fire lookout showcases the spectacular beauty of North America from the best vantage point possible: a rugged tower perched atop a rocky mountaintop. From the balcony of this
you'll see Montana's Cabinet Range, the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, and the rocky Selkirks all rise and fall into the distance. What you won't see? Any other signs of civilization for miles.
5. The Center of Idaho
The Watermark Inn/Facebook
One would think that the
exact center of Idaho
would be a major tourism opportunity, but thankfully it isn't! Tucked away just southwest of Challis, you might see a few people driving through, but that's about it.
6. Pick a cabin -- any cabin -- near the South Fork
Romance, privacy, awesome views of the river... what more could you ask for?
7. Bonneville Hot Springs
Unlike many of the hot springs in southern Idaho, Idaho's glorious panhandle is still a wealth of hidden gems buried within its sprawling forests. These hot springs are the final stop on Idaho's
Soaktennial Hot Springs Trail
, but few people can manage the full hike. Translation: your own private Idaho.
8. Spirit Lake
Of all of Northern Idaho's magnificent lakes (and there are plenty, believe me!), Spirit Lake is without a doubt one of the most overlooked. Lovely, moody, and surrounded by both towering pine trees and grassy meadows, a visit to this gem will be met will chirping birds, rustling leaves, and utter solitude.
9. Round Lake State Park
Idaho's bountiful nature makes our state parks lush, welcoming, and plentiful. But there are definitely a few parks that get a little less attention than most, and Round Lake State Park is one of them! Tucked away in the panhandle, this state park is a spectacular forested oasis perfect for boating, camping, picnicking, and enjoying the sights and sounds of wildlife.
It’s nice to escape even a modestly busy town once in a while, isn’t it? Truth be told, unlike in other states, it’s relatively easy to find sweet, sweet isolation in Idaho – these are just a few options! But no matter where you finally find that perfect spot to get some privacy and R&R, it’s worth the effort.