Updated: Aug 23, 2019
What are the most beautiful places in Idaho? Can they be captured on camera, or are they only for a local to discover?
Luckily for both of us, these exquisite landscapes cannot only be found by a camera master, but by a tourist just passing by. these can be some of the most beautiful Landscape photos you take this year, which is why today, I want to give to you the 6 places you need to take Photos of on your next expedition to Idaho. If you do find a place you wanna check out, don't forget to share what you found.
Now lets get started.
Living in Idaho for the past 10 years have given me the opportunity to love this mountain town on Payette Lake. It’s small enough to feel like you’re in your “own private Idaho”, but Large enough to have enough to do that you’re never tired of it. especially during Summertime, adventure calls for huckleberry picking, some water sports on the lake, or hiking with tons of other outdoor activities to do. In winter you can go to the famous ski lift, Brundage Mountain, cross country ski into a yurt, or go snowmobiling across Payette. Lets just say it has a little something for everyone; Even a camera conousir like ourselves.
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2.) Sun Valley
This is a special little mountain town very close to the Sawtooth Mountains and my hometown, Twin Falls. It’s known as the resort town of Idaho with celebs flocking there everywhere every summer and every winter season. A lot of people don’t know this, but Sun Valley was the first resort to build a chair lift for skiers! It’s a great town for winter skiing (Bald Mountain), summer hiking/biking and is known as one of the most outdoorsy towns in all of Idaho. The SV restaurant and bar scene is a lot of fun too. Be sure to look out for celebrities…they are all over the place! I’ve seen my fair share at the restaurants and coffee shops downtown. Also check out the Sun Valley Lodge and walk through downtown Ketchum. Nothing is better than a day hike and getting a beer and burger on the deck at Lefty’s Bar & Grill.
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3.) Coeur d’ Alene
Coeur d’ Alene or CDA for short is in the skinny panhandle part of Idaho. It’s one of Idaho’s larger towns and is situated right on a massive lake (Lake Coeur d’ Alene). While McCall is more of a vacation lake town, lucky CDA dwellers get to live here all year round! CDA has a great downtown vibe with fun restaurants and bars and they’re only about a 40 min drive from Spokane, WA and about an hour from another great lake town in Idaho, Sandpoint. The ski mountain, Schweitzer, is also close by if you’re into winter sports. If you’re staying in CDA I recommend staying at the Coeur d’Alene Resort right on the water and participating in a cruise on the lake or any of the many water sports the lake has to offer!
4.) Shoshone Falls
Right outside of Twin Falls is the largest waterfall in Idaho, Shoshone Falls. This waterfall is actually higher than Niagara Falls! Can you believe it? It’s gorgeous, loud, and spits out TONS of water. It’s fun to drive down the canyon in Twin Falls and see the Snake River as you’re heading down. You can now also kayak or stand up paddle board right under the falls – I have yet to try it, but it looks amazing!
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5.) Bruneau Sand Dunes
The first time I visited Bruneau Sand Dunes, I couldn’t believe I was in Idaho. If you haven’t been to see sand dunes before they’re essentially mountains made of sand…and that’s pretty cool. You can bring a snowboard and board down them or you can camp and hike them. Definitely worth a visit if you want to feel like you’re in a different country! Bring water cause it gets hot!
6.) Craters of the Moon
I was fascinated with this place when I first went. It’s a huge area filled with lava from some really ancient volcanos. I recommend getting a tour and going on a mini hike. It’s interesting to learn about the different types of lava and crawl through the caves. Especially if you plan ahead and bring a tripod and some lighting, the photoshoot possibilities are endless. It literally looks like you’re walking on the surface of the moon (Probably why it is called that, but whatever, it's still beautiful).
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