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Best Weekend Getaways From Boise

Austin Callison

My experience goes as far back as my upbringing in a small ranching community in Northern California...

My experience goes as far back as my upbringing in a small ranching community in Northern California...

Jan 17 4 minutes read

Grab your snacks and get your playlists ready, we’re going on a road trip!

Whether you've got a three-day weekend coming up that you want to take advantage of or you're looking for a getaway from Boise, we have some suggestions to make the most of your weekend trip.

1. McCall, Idaho

McCall is a resort town situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake, near the center of the Payette National Forest. Visitors and residents enjoy activities such as Nordic skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing.  In fact, one of its most vibrant events is the annual Winter Carnival held every January which exhibits intricate snow sculptures throughout the community.  People also escape to this charming mountain town during the summer months to enjoy activities such as river rafting, kayaking, fishing, boating, jet skiing, camping, hiking or soaking in one of the area’s natural hot springs. 

2. Idaho City, Idaho

Idaho City is a historic gold mining community that serves as the county seat of Boise County, Idaho, United States, located about 36 miles northeast of Boise. 

Visit Idaho City, and you can stroll along the planked boardwalks that formerly rang beneath the boots of rough-and-tumble miners or walk by the “Merc,” where it once cost a pinch of gold to buy an apple. On a walk through the town, curious explorers can peek through the bars of the old jail, where desperadoes carved their names into the thick wooden walls, or stop by the Boise Basin Museum’s excellent collection of gold rush memorabilia and gain a new understanding of life in the 1860s. 

Today, Idaho City caters to its tourist population as well as acts as a jumping-off point for a number of outdoor recreation opportunities.

3. Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls is a waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho, United States, approximately 3 miles northeast of the city of Twin Falls. Sometimes called the "Niagara of the West," Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high—45 feet higher than Niagara Falls—and flows over a rim nearly 1,000 feet wide. 

The falls offer a unique blend of recreational facilities, including playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, swimming area, and a scenic overlook. A picnic in the shaded, grassy areas provides a perfect vantage point for viewing Shoshone Falls.

4. Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a U.S. National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. It is along US 20, between the small towns of Arco and Carey. Enjoy the visitor center, hiking, caves and lava tubes! 

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“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ~John Muir There’s so much to see and experience and the more I see, the more I know I haven’t seen yet! It’s crazy, but I feel like I get FOMO sometimes. I shouldn’t because I’m really not missing out on ANYTHING. I have a life so full that I do sometimes have to pinch myself! I want to see as much as I can before this amazing life I have been given comes to a close. I’ll never see it all, but my life is immeasurably enriched with each new place, new person and new experience. . We loved our trip to Craters of the Moon. I heard about this AMAZING national monument and I made a point of getting us there. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. We stayed near the town of Arco, ID that is known for being the fist city in the world to be lit by atomic power! Didn’t take much as its a teeny tiny little town :) . Craters of the Moon was an alien landscape, full of awe and wonder. It was quite the surprise and @chief.adventure.officer and I loved watching the boys be amazed by it all! We came prepared with helmets and headlamps to go into some of the super dark caves. It was pretty awesome. Such a very cool place! It’s a must-see kind of place for sure. . . . #cratersofthemoon #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark #ventureout #fulltimefamilies #RVlife #fulltimervfamily #ourbasicessentials #chronicnomadness #xscapers #getoutmore #travelfamily #adventurefamily #nomadicfamily #wanderlust #

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5. Jackpot, NV

Jackpot, is a popular weekend destination to enjoy casino gaming, catching a concert, or to go golfing. You can bring your RV, carpool, or take advantage of the weekly bus routes that go directly to Jackpot from several locations in the Boise Metro area.

6. Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, UT

For amusement park lovers, Lagoon is a favorite family-friendly destination offers thrilling roller coaster rides, water slides, spectacular live performances, a frontier village, and delicious food options. Lagoon also offers a full-service RV park, a campground, and a shaded walking trail outside the park that stays open all year.

7. Sun Valley, ID

The world-famous Sun Valley is a resort town in Idaho near the Sawtooth National Recreational Area that has been home many celebrities from Ernest Hemingway to Bruce Willis. This mountain hot spot is one of the top skiing destinations in the country, but even if you don't ski there are a plethora of year-round activities to enjoy. These include ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding or going on a sleigh ride.  The community also annually hosts the Sun Valley Film Festival with celebrates filmmakers, artists, and screenwriters.

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