Whether you are into skiing, whitewater rafting, golfing, or just taking in beautiful natural vistas, an Idaho vacation can reward you with some tantalizing options. Located in the upper northwest region of the continental United States, Idaho features stretches of the Rocky Mountains among its mountainous terrain. Whether you are traveling with the family, are seeking out adventure, or are looking for a relaxing getaway, Idaho has its door open to visitors, and the Idaho hotels welcome weary travelers looking for a place to rest their head in the Gem State.
Idaho is a large state, much like the neighboring
states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. The bulk
of the terrain in this sparcely populated western
state is comprised of mountains, rivers and farmland,
and in the state's panhandle, you will find
rolling green hillsides, timber-laden mountains
and splendid lakes. Boise,
being both the capital and the state's largest
city is where you will likely arrive to on a flight
to Idaho, and it is here that you will likely find
the most variety among the Idaho hotels. Boise
is growing fast, and its modern cityscape is a compliment
to all the natural wonder that lies nearby.
Boise may be more sophisticated and cultured than
you might have thought, and a trip to the Boise
Art Museum is a great way to enjoy a bit of culture.
Also worth visiting is the Basque Block and the
significant Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
The hotels in Boise provide a list of options to
fit your needs and budget, and among them are motels,
guest ranches and bed and breakfasts. If the
hotels in Boise are too "comfortable"
for you, you can also set up camp at one of the
Boise area campgrounds. The hotels in Boise
have some nice upscale options among them, as well
as national chain brands that are typically a good
bet for discount Idaho lodging.
Idaho's tourism industry no doubt owes much
to the ski resorts found in the state, the most
notable being Sun
Resort and Silver
Mountain. While the Idaho ski resorts
aren't the best places to find cheap hotels
in Idaho, if you do some investigating, you can
often find some nice package deals that can alleviate
the cost of your room. During the high season,
or winter, these resorts do offer some discount
Idaho lodging options, but the word discount could
be misleading. Your best bet to find cheap
hotels in Idaho at the ski resorts is to book your
room in the off-season, or to visit at the beginning,
or tail end of the ski season. If you want
the optimum Idaho ski experience, you may choose
to hit the slopes of Sun Valley, near the town of Ketchum.
A popular hangout for Hollywood stars, Sun Valley
has been named the top ski resort by Condé
Nast Traveler and Ski Magazine. You can find
easy runs in Sun Valley and plenty of tough ones.
If you are a particularly good skier, you might
try Sun Valley heli-skiing, where you reach the
top of the mountain by helicopter. In the
off-season, mountain biking, whitewater rafting
and horseback riding are among the preferred things
to do in Sun Valley.
Outside of Boise, there aren't many large
cities in Idaho, but Idaho
Falls is a smaller Idaho city that deserves
a visit. Also a great place to enjoy the outdoors
while offering a touch of urbanity, Idaho Falls
may not be overflowing with Idaho hotels, but there
are a mix of full-service and discount Idaho lodging
options in and around town, so finding a place to
stay should not be too hard. During the summer
in Idaho Falls, the Snake River is a popular, and
convenient, spot to enjoy some Idaho
fly fishing, and you are none too far from another
enjoyable small Idaho city, Twin Falls. Twin
Falls, Idaho is home to the Snake
River Canyon, which was made famous by a failed
attempt by Evil Knieval to cross it on his motorcycle.
Fly fishing in Twin Falls is popular in the warmer
months, as is hiking and mountain biking, and in
the winter, you'll enjoy proximity to some
of the state's preferred ski sites.
The Twin Falls hotels offer a nice selection of
both luxury hotels and cheap hotels in Idaho.
Those looking to explore a picturesque small Idaho
city, can explore the small town of Sandpoint, which
lies far from the aforementioned destinations.
Located in the northern reaches of the Idaho panhandle,
Sandpoint benefits from its proximity to the Schweitzer
Ski Resort, and there are a good variety of
Sandpoint hotels that welcome visitors.
In terms of the Idaho panhandle, one of the most
sought after destinations found here is the lakeside
city of Coeur
D'Alene. A long time favorite vacation
destination for Pacific Northwest residents, Coeur
d'Alene's beauty is hard to put into
words. Among the Coeur d'Alene hotels,
you will find one of the world's top resort
hotels, which also boasts a top notch golf course.
The Coeur d'Alene Resort was named the nation's
number one inland resort by Condé Nast Traveler
readers, and though it is expensive, it is not terribly
expensive relative to its praises. There are
also some options for cheap hotels in Idaho in and
around Coeur d'Alene, making a trip here a
possibility regardless of budget. The question
is, will you ever want to leave? One of the
great joys of visiting here is the chance to view
the area from Tubbs Hill. If you are traveling
in a large group, the Idaho vacation rentals might
prove more spacious and affordable than the cheap
hotels in Idaho, and if you have time to spare before
your trip, you might look for discount Idaho lodging
online. Some of the resorts will likely have
package deals available to help make your Idaho
vacation more affordable and enjoyable, so checking
ahead of time can mean big savings.