The Gem State is home to some of the most charming small towns. While the various landscapes and scenery may cause you to visit these small towns in Idaho, the downtown areas are what will make you want to stay and explore. Our state is filled with many incredible small towns with awesome downtown areas and we’ve compiled a list of the best. For those of you who have ever wondered about “the best small towns near me,” read on!

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So, what do you think? Did your favorite small-town downtown area make the list? Are there any small towns in Idaho that you would add to this list? What makes your small town so great? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Did you know that people travel from all over the country to ski at the superlative Sun Valley -- right here in Idaho? This famous mountain town in central Idaho is legendary; it's where the world's first chairlifts were installed in 1936, helping to cement its status as a modern ski resort destination. (In fact, the oldest resort in America is in Sun Valley!) Here you'll find an abundance of winter activities to enjoy, from skiing and snowboarding to even sleigh rides and ice skating during the holidays. If you visit during the warmer months, there are myriad outdoor activities to enjoy, too, from hiking and horseback riding to fly-fishing and golf, making Sun Valley an all-around appealing destination any time of the year.

Another area in Idaho we simply adore is the Snake River Valley, a marvelous place for a getaway in the Gem State. Idaho may be best-known for its scenic vistas, world-class skiing, and epic outdoor recreation, but did you know that our state was home to the first wineries in the Pacific Northwest? And within the 70+ wineries and 1,300 acres of grapevines found in the Gem State, most are centered in the Snake River Valley, Idaho’s first American Viticultural Area, in fact. Here, a high elevation, moderate climate, and minimal rainfall make it more conducive to growing grapes, including riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah. Up until the last several years, most people were completely unaware that the Snake River Valley was producing such unforgettable wine, which makes it a true hidden gem getaway. Of course, the towns in this area — Twin Falls, Lewiston, Boise — are definitely not "small" towns in Idaho, per se, but compared to some of the larger locales in the U.S., they're definitely on the smaller side and full of undeniable small-town heart and soul.