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Start the New Year with Idaho Winter Festivals

Winter has arrived!  Grab your coat and mittens and make plans to enjoy great family-friendly events and activities. These Idaho winter festivals have everything you need for starting traditions and making memories. Winter Carnival and Fishing Derby, January 17 Must See:  Fishing Derby Held in Soda Springs, the Fishing Derby will be hosted at the […]

Idaho Ski Areas Serve Up Holiday Break Fun

There are just a couple more weeks until schools, colleges and universities take their holiday breaks.  Before your out of town guests start arriving or the stresses start to be a bit much, make plans to play at Idaho’s ski areas.  Here are some on- and off-slope ideas to entertain young and old into the […]

Top Spots to See Fall Colors in Idaho

As September draws to a close, we start receiving calls asking for suggestions for the best places to see fall colors in Idaho. The foliage displays east of the Mississippi are legendary, but Idaho’s trees and native vegetation put on a pretty darned good show with the added bonus of wildlife, flowing rivers, and magnificent […]

Getting Back to Nature is Easy at these Six Idaho Nature Centers

Idaho is known for its crystal lakes, shimmering streams, rugged mountains and desert landscapes. With over 4.5 million  acres of wilderness in the state, getting back to nature can be as simple as taking a hike on a nearby trail or strolling along a lakeside beach.  Nature centers are another opportunity to experience the great […]

Idaho snowpack levels promise stellar whitewater season

Reposted with permission from the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association and blogger Steve Stuebner. Idaho mountain snowpack levels and anticipated stream flows in the popular Salmon, Snake, Lochsa and Payette river basins are ranging from 90-120 percent of normal, which should provide for a stellar, fun-filled whitewater river season in the summer of 2014. “Our […]

Top Spots to Snowshoe in Idaho

It’s true what they say:  if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the western U.S. awaits you in Idaho and snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore Idaho’s 30 trail systems and back country opportunities. Today’s equipment is hassle-free and enables everyone, old and young, to walk and […]

Top Eagle Watching Spots in Idaho

by Cathy Bourner, Idaho Tourism Seeing bald eagles in flight is something to behold. Here in Idaho, a traditional winter nesting ground for eagles, sightings are frequent.  January is celebrated as National Bald Eagle Watching Month and from November through February, eagles are easy to see around the state.  It isn’t the cold temperatures that […]

Idaho Winter Festivals are Everything but Ordinary

Woohoo!  Winter has arrived!  Grab your coat and mittens and make plans to enjoy these great family-friendly festivals and activities. Idaho has everything you need for starting traditions and making memories. Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, thru January 1 Must see:  The Journey to the North Pole Cruise Coeur d’Alene glows with a stunning […]

Enter to Win Idaho Winter Giveaways

The Idaho mountains have already seen some snow with more in the forecast.  Start thinking about how you would like to enjoy your winter and check out www.idahowinter.org to enter the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes.  Prizes include getaways to some of Idaho’s popular destination ski areas including Sun Valley, Brundage Mountain and Schweitzer Mountain along with lift […]

Fall colors are popping throughout the mountains of Idaho; take a drive on our lovely scenic byways.

Reposted with permission from Steve Stuebner, Stueby’s Outdoor Journal The fall colors are just beginning to happen in the Treasure Valley. But in the mountains, the aspen trees are turning yellow and orange, the tamarack needles are turning yellow, the shrubs are turning orange and red, and this weekend would be a perfect time to […]