Idaho Travel Guides

Explore a destination in Idaho to see the top hotels and top things to do, as well as photos and tips from U.S. News Travel.


Idaho's capital city – and most populous one – might surprise you. Downtown Boise is urban, with its local shops, concept restaurants and an ever-increasing number of wine bars and breweries, but it's also rugged. Locals here are active, whether on the 20-some mile Boise River Greenbelt, skiing down the slopes at nearby Bogus Basin or hiking the many trails that spool out from the city. 

Sun Valley

Bearing the motto, "Small Town, Big Life," Ketchum is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise in central Idaho. The popular tourist destination is home to world-class skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking and fishing in the summer. One of America's first ski hot spots and Hollywood celebrity escapes, this town has benefited from its isolated location away from other major population centers for nearly its entire existence (Boise is more than 150 miles west). Visitors here will enjoy thinner crowds and cheaper hotel rates than in competing ski towns in Colorado and Utah, and they'll also get a unique taste of culture and history during their trip.