If you have never been to Idaho or have never considered it for your next RV excursion, you really need to. Idaho is an often overlooked treasure that offers beautiful forests, pristine lakes, and breathtaking canyons. For those of you who still need convincing, I have listed six places in Idaho that are must-visits for RVers.
Excellent skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, golf, hiking, biking, camping, river rafting and kayaking, fishing, boating, jet skiing, sunbathing, wildlife, natural hot springs, Payette Lake, and to top it off; rugged beautiful mountains all around. All of this surrounds a quaint and charming town. McCall is an awe inspiring destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. RVers can stay at McCall RV Resort, a Good Sam Top Rated Park for 2011.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
This National Monument contains a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Visitors to this will note that it is truly an alien landscape, unlike any other. You can explore vast caves where ice is present year round in this monument to Idaho’s volcanic activity. This park also features hiking trails of varying lengths, camping, and scenic drives. In the 60’s and 70’s, Apollo astronauts performed part of their training at Craters of the Moon Lava Field by learning to look for and collect good rock specimens in an unfamiliar and harsh environment. RVers can stay at the onsite campground or at the better equipped KOA in nearby Arco.
Stanley, Idaho, a town with a population of 100 located in the pristine wilderness of central Idaho, is nestled between the towering and impressive Sawtooth Mountains and the mighty Salmon River. It is the gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains, Frank Church Wilderness Area, and the famous Salmon River of No Return. Stanley offers biking, hiking, rafting, fishing, horseback trail rides, hunting, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, exploring, and much more. There are many beautiful lakes around Stanley, including Redfish Lake. RVers can stay at the Elk Mountain RV Resort while they play and explore around Stanley.
Coeur d’Alene, ID
The Coeur d’Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by ice age glaciers. With more than 50 lakes around Coeur d’Alene, including Lake Coeur d’Alene, there is no shortage of recreational activities. This gem nestled in northern Idaho is a veritable playground with camping, hiking, biking, golf, spas, arts and entertainment, boating, skiing, shopping, and dining. And on top of all that, just north of the city in the wilderness is the theme and water park of Silverwood. RVers can enjoy many well equipped RV Parks in the area including Lake Coeur D’Alene Campground, Wolf Lodge Campground, River Walk RV Park, Blackwell Island RV Park, and the RV park at the Tamarack Resort.
Sun Valley, ID
Sun Valley is a resort city in the Wood River Valley. Nearby Bald Mountain provides world class skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Tourists come from all over the world to enjoy its skiing, hiking, ice skating, fishing, swimming, trail riding, tennis, and cycling. This resort town also offers fine dining, shopping, and fine arts. Sun Valley is a popular destination and many celebrities have vacation homes there. RVers can stay at the Park Creek and The Meadows RV parks.
Hells Canyon refers to the part of the Snake River from the Hells Canyon Dam north to the Oregon/Washington border.
The Lewis-Clark Valley is the gateway to Hells Canyon, which is North America’s deepest river gorge. The canyon was formed during the last ice age and was carved by the waters of the Snake River, which flows for over one thousand miles and begins at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The canyon is a mile and a half deep at its deepest point. Activities in the area include white water rafting, jet boating, hiking, fishing, camping, and horse riding. There is also the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, which winds along the Idaho (eastern) side of the canyon, and provides a breathtaking view. RVers can stay at the well equipped Hells Canyon Resort RV Park in Lewiston, Idaho.
Author Bio: Bill Weston is an avid adventurist and outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, writing, and good conversation with new and interesting people. Bill blogs on the topics of the RV lifestyle and outdoor recreation for Lakeshore RV, a premier RV dealer.