Choose Your Adventure
Whether it's an adrenaline rush you seek, a tranquil day in the mountains, or anything in between, Southwest Idaho offers the ultimate outdoor experience.
Before embarking on your adventure, begin the day with coffee, bloody marys, baked goods, and up to eight varieties of bacon at—where else?—Bacon in Downtown Boise.
Fun for All
Just a half hour drive north of Boise on Highway 55, you'll discover a unique way to experience the Idaho outdoors: via zip line. Zip Idaho offers tree-based canopy-tours via zip lines up to 2,000 feet long. And the activity isn't just for adrenaline junkies; zip-lining is ideal for groups of all ages. While in the area, find a sandy beach and a fishing hole to relax, or book a train ride on the Thunder Mountain Line.
You'll find some of the Northwest's best whitewater rafting in Southwest Idaho, and the folks at Cascade Raft and Kayak or Bear Valley Rafting Co. can get you there. But rapids aren't just for the pros. There is a stretch of river perfect for everyone, whether experienced or a beginner. Both full day outings and shorter trips are available, but kids will love “The Splash,” a class II-III trip down the main Payette. Bear Valley Rafting and Cascade Raft and Kayak are about 40 minutes from Boise and an hour and a half from McCall.
If pedal power is more your thing, explore the trails at Brundage Mountain Resort with the help of lift-served mountain biking. Or, enjoy the scenic chairlift ride and a mountaintop picnic. The summit offers spectacular views of Payette Lake, Long Valley, Meadows Valley, and the Seven Devils.
Horses and Courses
For something more low-key, escape to Garden Valley, Idaho for horseback riding. Garden Valley Trail Rides provides trips of varying length near the scenic Payette River, all on gentle and well-trained mountain horses.
Or, enjoy 18 holes of golf at one of the area's several courses. For a more challenging round in a picturesque setting, head to Shadow Valley, nestled in the foothills just north of Boise.
After a day at play on the river and the trails, pizza on Flatbread's patio is the perfect way to wind down. The pizzeria and wine bar specializes in authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) of Naples, Italy.
Did you know the nation's first restaurant distillery is located in Boise, Idaho? Check out Bardenay, where you'll find handcrafted cocktails (several made with the distillery's own spirits) and an innovative menu featuring Northwest cuisine.