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7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Idaho

1 Sun Valley Resort

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Sun Valley in southern Idaho attracts skiing enthusiasts from all over with its magnificent facilities for winter sports and its excellent tourist infrastructure. Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain offer downhill skiing for all levels of ability. There is also a Nordic Center for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Heli Skiing is another popular activity in Sun Valley. During the summer months the resort caters to hikers and mountain bikers, and other outdoor adventurers.

2 Craters of the Moon National Monument

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South of Arco, in southeastern Idaho, is a lunar landscape created by volcanic eruptions between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. This region of lava flows can be explored on signposted circular routes. Although it has not erupted in the last 2 millennia, this area is still geologically active.

3 Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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The Sawtooth National Forest is located in central Idaho. It provides many miles of hiking and horseback riding trails as well as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities. The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is part of the Sawtooth National Forest located in central Idaho. It features three mountain ranges, forests and more than 300 lakes. Nature trails include Fishhook Creek Nature Trail and Wood River Adventure Trail.

4 Lake Coeur d'Alene

Steamboat traffic began on Lake Coeur d'Alene in 1889 when local lakes and rivers were used to move supplies to mining and lumber camps. The lake is 25 miles long and is surrounded by mountains and forest. Boating, sailing and fishing are popular during the summer months.

5 Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area

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From Lewiston there are boat trips through Hell's Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. It has been carved out by the Snake River for a distance of 95 miles along the border with Washington and Oregon. Hell's Canyon supports bears, bobcats, bighorn sheep, cougars, elk, mountain goats, and other smaller wildlife.

6 Shoshone Indian Ice Caves

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Shoshone Indian Ice Caves are large lava ice caves located 17 miles north of Shoshone. Visitors can learn about the caves at the museum which also features Indian artifacts, gems, and minerals of local and world interest.

7 Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site

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The 19th century Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise is today a museum. Visitors can tour the facility and see the jail cells which have not been used since the early 1970s. Some say the facility is haunted.

Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise

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