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About Idaho

Visiting Idaho

Idaho, in the northwestern region of the U.S., is the 14th largest state, but it is one of the least densely populated. Idaho has mountains, rivers, and lakes, and it is famous for being the “potato state.” It is also well-known for gemstone mining. Almost every type of gemstone ever found has been found there, including the rare star garnet. While searching for cabin rentals in Idaho, you can look anywhere in the state and be able to find fun family activities. Both winter and summer boast great vacation getaways, and you can opt to stay anywhere in ID and have a perfect visit at any age.

Regions of Idaho

Idaho is a large state and has a lot of great natural attractions. The state consists of seven sections: Northern, North Central, Southwestern, Central, South Central, Eastern, and Southeastern. Each region offers something different to enjoy for visitors staying in Idaho vacation rentals. Families can discover natural beauty and have fun while staying in vacation rentals in Idaho, available online by owner.

Popular Attractions

In the Northern region, families can visit lakes and forests and see breathtaking wildlife while staying at a North Idaho rental. In the Central section of the state, there are mountain ranges, rodeos, camping, and gorgeous scenery. The South Central section has waterfalls, pioneer architecture, fossils, and granite formations. The Southeastern section of the state features lava rocks, geysers, and hot springs. It also includes part of The Oregon Trail.

Foods

Idaho is full of ranches and wildlife, so meat is a big part of the state’s cuisine. There are famous chilies, sausages, barbecue, and fresh fish recipes that are indigenous to the state. Game is quite prevalent, so along with beef, bison, and free-range poultry, you’ll see elk, antelope, caribou, duck, and pheasant served. Dining establishments near many cabin rentals in Idaho serve frontier foods and Rocky Mountain cuisine. And the state hosts food-focused events throughout the year. Idaho food festivals include the Emmett Cherry Festival, the Raspberry Festival, and the Greek Food Festival.

Weather and Climate

Vacationers can experience varied weather at their vacation rentals. Idaho has much cloud cover in the winter, as well as precipitation and humidity. The winter temperatures are usually not as low as you’d expect in a northern state, due to its high elevations. In the eastern part of the state, the summers tend to be wetter while the winters are dry, which is opposite of the western side of the state. The temperature can rise to near 98 degrees during the summer, but winter tends to stay around freezing or below. In the winter, Idaho cabin rentals tend to be popular for skiing and other cold-weather activities.

When to Visit Idaho

Staying at a North Idaho rental will allow you to save money and enjoy many different activities regardless of the time of year. Families visiting in the winter might enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tubing. Visitors can rent equipment for these activities. Families staying in Idaho vacation rentals in warm weather might go fishing, golfing, or horseback riding. Families can also visit natural attractions, amusement parks, and ranches. Vacationers might also enjoy the scenery while hiking, biking, or taking a train tour. And year-round, Idaho offers hot springs, wineries, historic sites, museums, and ghost towns, many within miles of vacation rentals.
 

Things to Do

If you plan a winter vacation in Idaho, you'll find that the state offers nothing less than a winter wonderland. The first destination ski resort in the nation is still one of its most popular, and southern Sun Valley Resort offers two mountains with skiing and snowboarding for all ages. In the north, Schweitzer Mountain Resort boasts nearly 3,000 miles of mountain terrain with almost 100 ski and snowboard runs.
When you plan a summer trip, be sure to add some of Idaho's top natural wonders to your list. Near southern Twin Falls, don't miss Shoshone Falls, a group of stunning waterfalls, hiking trails, swimming, and plenty of space to picnic and relax. Between Twin Falls and Pocatello, visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a must. Created by ancient lava flows, this fascinating landscape features some of the state's best short and long hiking trails.
If a city trip is more your speed, make your way to Boise, where you can tour the Idaho State Capitol Building, wander through the Idaho Botanical Garden, and explore the city's burgeoning brewery scene. On the eastern side of the state, visit Pocatello's old town, tour the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and dig into the city's food scene.

Transit

No matter where you plan to explore in Idaho, you'll want to have a car at your disposal. The state covers nearly 84,000 miles, and train and bus coverage tends to be spotty, especially if you want to get off the beaten path. To maximize your time in this western state, fly into either Boise Airport in the south or Spokane International Airport near the northern part of the state. Gas up your rental car, and enjoy the stunning scenery as you drive from Idaho apartments to natural attractions to Idaho cities and towns.
 

Events

Idahoans embrace every season, and festivals throughout the year help you do the same. Celebrate the best of winter at the Idaho Winter Carnival, held in central McCall in late January and early February. Locals and visitors alike can take in the snow sculpture contest, join tubing races, and take their chances at grand bingo.

Known as one of the best rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede is one of the annual highlights in southern Nampa. For nearly 100 years, crowds have gathered to watch cowboys and cowgirls show off their riding, roping, racing, and wrestling skills in mid-July.

From the north to the south, Idaho welcomes visitors seeking all kinds of adventures. Feel like a local in this welcoming state by booking your choice of Idaho apartments in the city or country.
 
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