Things to do in SE Idaho
So, you just moved to South East Idaho. How do you like it? Feel like you are in a totally different world or do you feel right at home? Either way, if you are looking for new ways to get to know your new home, look no further than this SE Idaho guide!
Whether you’re planning on going North, East, South, or West you can count on having fun in all directions!
While in Wyoming, from Southern Idaho, Yellowstone is only 2.5 hours away (at most). Yellowstone is the first National Park, created in 1872. The park expands across 3,472 square miles, or 2,221,776 acres. That’s bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined! Visit Yellowstone for it’s world famous thermal geysers, hot springs and mud pots. When admiring the beauty, keep an eye out for the amazing animals and creatures that claim Yellowstone their home.
Close neighbors to Yellowstone is Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is known for it’s breathtaking scenery of the Grand Teton mountains. Jackson brings the energy of the Wild West with it’s shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Whether there to ski the pillowy slopes in the winter or hike among the western vegetation in the summer, you will find that Jackson never disappoints.
Elk, and deer, and bears, Oh My! Bear World is a drive-thru wildlife park and is a great option for people with younger families who want to get outdoors but don’t want to travel all the way to Yellowstone. At Bear World you can spot animal such as elk, bison, deer, goats, and of course, bears. Activities such as an amusement park and a petting zoo are also available.
Looking for a little getaway? Sun Valley is a resort town with great skiing in the winter and scenic trails in the summer. Sun Valley is actually the birthplace of the chairlift and was America’s First Destination Ski Resort. Celebrities flocked to the area to see America’s new grand dame of ski resorts. Ernest Hemingway fell in love with Sun Valley and eventually made it his home; he finished For Whom the Bell Tolls in Suite 206 of the Sun Valley Lodge. Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman…they all came to play at the glamorous, new winter wonderland. Skiers around the globe owe it to Sun Valley for making their skiing experience as good as it is today (visitsunvalley.com).
Craters of the Moon
Photo by: Craters of the Moon website
Wanting to get out of town? How about out of this world? Take your vacation to the surface of the moon and visit Craters of the Moon in Arco, Idaho. Through the desert of Idaho you can explore the caves and landscape of ancient volcanic lava rock. The park includes trails for walking and hiking, caves for exploring and views to be absorbed.
Lava hot springs
Photo by girlonahike.com
There is nothing quite like relaxing in natural hot springs. Lava Hot Springs is perfect for day or weekend trips. There you will find an Olympic pool with waterslides, natural hot pools, river floating, and eccentric shops to browse. Lava Hot Springs is a small town that attracts many visitors making it the perfect location for your next staycation.