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Where you stay during your travels should add to the adventure — not take you away from it.
Check into one of these iconic stays during your next adventure.
McCall, Cascade & Donnelly
Tucked away in Idaho’s rugged central mountains are cozy mountain towns and endless adventure. You can experience Idaho’s gorgeous backcountry while paddleboarding on Lake Cascade, hitting the trails or soaking in hot springs.
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SW Idaho Tourist Attractions
- Waterfront cabana on Lake Cascade with boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals
- Hiking and mountain biking trails open in the summer
- Home to one of the tallest ski-runs in the state with a vertical drop of 2,760 feet
- A variety of lodging accommodations available: suites, condos, cottages, chalets, townhomes and more
- Check out our Tamarack guide for even more travel inspiration.
Located right across from the shores of Lake Cascade, this cozy, classic inn is full of vintage charm and surrounded by rugged mountain views.
- Warm fresh-baked cookies and cold milk for guests every night
- Fireplaces and robes in every room (Each room is unique — No two are the same!)
- Heated pool and spa
Arrowhead Mountain Village
Take out the RV and lose yourself in Idaho’s endless wilderness. Take a closer look at this RV park here.
- Miles of forested trails nearby
- Located along the famous North Fork of the Payette River
- Within walking distance of beaches along Lake Cascade
- Offers classes in wood carving and other rustic arts and crafts
North Shore Lodge and Resort
Get away from it all and stay in a rustic cabin with views of Warm Lake.
- Nestled in the Boise National Forest, 26 miles east of Lake Cascade
- Surrounded by ponderosa pines and the Central Mountains
- Boat rentals available in the winter
- 10 fully-furnished cabins with discounted rates in the winter
Wapiti Meadow Ranch
Once home to a historic homestead in the 1890s, this meadow is now home to cabin rentals on the border of the largest wilderness area in the continental United States.
- Trout fishing in nearby creeks and rivers
- Miles of trails in the mountains for hiking and bike riding
- Horseback riding trails with incredible mountain views
Stay in the heart of Downtown McCall, just steps away from the banks of Payette Lake.
- Lakeview condos, spacious one bedroom condos and deluxe rooms with king beds available
- Indoor heated saline pool all-year round and spa
- Home to Rupert’s Restaurant, which serves up elegant dishes like pan roasted duck breast and pecan crusted halibut
With mountain views, a thriving culinary scene and a river running straight through town, Boise is a hotspot for food, fun and adventure. Spend just a weekend (or more) here, and you can experience farm-to-fork dining, hiking in the foothills and so much more.
Modern Hotel and Bar
This former mid-century travel lodge has been transformed into a chic, modern hotel in Downtown Boise’s artsy Linen District.
- Known for an incredibly social atmosphere
- Home to a high-end restaurant and bar serving classic handcrafted cocktails and unique dishes. (Try their brunch!)
- Features a courtyard with stone fire pits and live music
- A retro-chic feel with a ridiculously comfortable bed
Holiday Inn Express Downtown Boise
This contemporary hotel is just minutes from some of the best parts of Boise.
- Minutes from Albertsons Stadium (home of the Boise State Broncos) and the Boise River Greenbelt
- Offers a deluxe hot breakfast
- Features a fitness area, outdoor seasonal pool, business center and flexible meeting spaces
Inn at 500
Escape to a luxurious, one-of-a-kind suite filled with local Boise flair.
- Each room features decor made by local artists, a view of the city and a private butler’s pantry
- Themed rooms that celebrate Boise’s vibrant, playful culture — including a safari-esque room modeled after Zoo Boise
- Located right next to Julia Davis Park, home to Zoo Boise, Idaho State History Museum and the Greenbelt.
The Riverside Hotel
Tucked alongside the banks of the Boise River, this historic hotel is a relaxing getaway with live music and fine dining.
- Features an outdoor patio and seasonal pool.
- Fine dining offered at the Riverside Grill and Sandbar Bar and Patio
- Just steps away from the Boise River and the Greenbelt
- Three live music venues that host local jazz trios, blues bands and singer-songwriters
Springhill Suites Boise Parkcenter
This premier all-suite hotel is at a central location to all of Boise.
- Located minutes from the airport with free airport shuttle available
- Great for work and play — spacious desks, microwaves free WiFi and mini fridges in every room
- Bike rentals, outdoor pool and fitness center all available on-site
The Grove Hotel
The Grove is right at the heart of Downtown Boise, with views of the foothills and a well-known reputation as the only AAA Four-Diamond full-service hotel in town.
- Eclectic, fine-dining experiences at Trillium and handcrafted cocktails at The Bar
- Fitness center, spa and library all on-site
- Connected to 5,400-seat CenturyLink Arena in Boise’s Grove Plaza
Residence Inn — Boise Downtown
This deluxe-suite hotel is perfect for an extended stay (or a home-away-from-home) in Boise!
- Located just across the street from Boise State University
- Complimentary airport shuttle and breakfast buffet
- Newly renovated, spacious suites with seasonal pool and living spaces
Curious about exploring Boise’s food and wine scene, but not sure where to start? Talk to our friends at Indulge Boise Food Tours.
Courtyard by Marriott Boise Downtown
This chic and modern 3-star hotel is full of lavishly decorated spaces for work and play, all within walking distance of Downtown Boise’s best food and entertainment.
- Free drinks and apps served in the lobby, including a cocktail and dinner service in the evenings. (The Market serves snacks and packaged meals 24-7.)
- Complimentary airport shuttle
- 24-hour business center with boarding pass print stations
Pioneers and miners founded this town in 1862, and many of those same saloons and cabins are still standing there today. Once the capital of Idaho, Idaho City is surrounded by the Boise National Forest, which is filled with secret fishing holes, hidden hot springs, scenic trails and so much more.
Want to learn more about Idaho City’s rich history? Contact the Idaho City Chamber of Commerce.
Inn The Pines
Escape to a luxurious, spa-like retreat in the mountains.
- Also home to The Springs, a natural hot springs with heated outdoor pools, a hot tub, sauna and cafe
- Massages offered at The Springs’ spa
- Private hot tub rentals available
Looking for a spot to camp near Boise? This private campground is tucked away in the Boise National Forest along highway 21, just a 45 minute drive north of Boise.
- Located on the scenic Ponderosa Byway
- Salmon and trout fishing available in Mores Creek
- 10 campsites with hookups for RVs, on-site bathrooms, coin-operated showers, picnic tables and grills
Looking for more rugged campsites in Idaho backcountry? The Idaho RV Campgrounds Association has got you covered.
Emmett is a small town in the center of a scenic valley lined with orchards and farms, less than an hour outside Downtown Boise. The legendary Squaw Butte overlooks the town, and the Payette River flows through the valley. Here you’ll find places to fish, take out the boat, float the river or take a stroll in the countryside.
Frozen Dog Digs
Explore the wide-open country at this handcrafted, one-of-a-kind inn, nestled in the foothills outside Emmett.
- Complimentary mountain bikes to explore nearby country roads and trails along through open range land
- Features a racquetball court, dart room, pitch-and-putt golf greens, sports bar, music room, outdoor spa with waterfalls and a gazebo with a view of the valley
- Hunting, fishing, water skiing, river floating and Roystone Hot Springs just minutes away
Mountain Home & The Owyhees
The Owyhee wilderness is home to jagged river canyons, craggy mountains and miles of sagebrush fields. It’s as if the days of the Old West never ended — and this place is one of the most unexplored and untouched regions in Idaho.
Big Idaho Potato Hotel
Sleep inside a giant potato in the middle of rural Idaho. (Yes, we’re completely serious on this one.)
- Made from the 6-ton potato used from the Idaho Potato Comission’s Big Idaho Potato Tour
- Stylishly decorated with a custom bed, a record player with a library of old records and a mini fridge
- Located on a 400-acre farmstead surrounded by wide-open country
Located in an abandoned mining town called Silver City, this historic hotel has been called out by the New York Times and Trip Advisor as the most haunted hotel in Idaho.
- Gorgeously restored rooms that look the same as they did during the gold rush days
- Good old Western cooking served all-day at the hotel’s in-house restaurant
- Rooms open only during summer and early fall months due to secluded location in Owyhee Mountains (which means it’s a great starting point for hikes!)
Sunnyslope Wine Trail
Travel + Leisure Magazine described this region as “the award-winning valley you’ve never heard of.” Located just outside Caldwell and Nampa, The Sunnyslope Trail takes through winding country roads, sweeping vistas of patchwork farmland and nationally-acclaimed wineries. (Check out our Wine Trail Guide for inside tips on the wine scene.)
Need help planning your trip to Idaho wine country? Talk to our friends at Destination Caldwell.
Experience Idaho wine country with a weekend getaway at this iconic, lavishly-renovated red guest barn.
- Features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a galley kitchen
- Garden, orchard, fire pit and grill on the farmstead
- Award-winning golf course less than a mile away
Find a home-away-from-home at this spacious country home overlooking Lake Lowell, just 10 minutes outside Caldwell.
- Sleeps up to 16 people
- Outdoor heated pool, patio and pool room
- Located on the edge of Deer Flat National Refuge
Anderson Ranch Reservoir
Just 90 minutes from Boise, the Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a stunning piece of pure Southwest Idaho wilderness. The 14-mile-long reservoir is teeming with salmon, bass and trout — and it’s surrounded by a dense national forest that’s just waiting to be explored.
Stay in rustic elegance. Overlooking the Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Hayhurst’s seven-room mountain lodge and two-room cabin is steps away from adventure.
- 380+ miles of trails for ATVing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking and more
- 200 yards from the Pine Boat Launch — perfect for boating, swimming and fishing
- Soak in the lodge’s hot tub, sauna or nearby geothermal pools
- Stunning views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains from the deck and patio
Start Your Adventure
A stay at any of these places is just another part of the adventure. Ready to plan the next part of your trip? We’ve got some handy guides that can help.
• Experience Boise like a local — Boise Local Hangouts Guide
• Savor Idaho wine country — Wine Trail Guide
• Explore McCall — Summer Weekend Guide and Winter Weekend Guide
• Take a road trip — Hwy 95 Guide and Hwy 55 Guide