1. Wild Wild West (1999)

Lewiston, Credit: Idaho Tourism

Many classic films have been shot in Idaho, including western comedy Wild Wild West which features Idaho’s Camas Prairie Railroad, showcasing magnificent views of Grangeville’s rural farmland and Lewiston’s pine-covered landscapes. The railroad is no longer in use but can still be explored today.

  1. Pale Rider (1985)

Sawooth National Recreation Area, Credit: Idaho Tourism

Another film shot in Idaho is Clint Eastwood’s famous Western film Pale Rider. Focusing on the fight over gold mining territory, the film was mainly shot in Idaho’s beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Boulder Mountains.

  1. Dante’s Peak (1997)

Wallace, Credit: Idaho Tourism

Pierce Brosnan starred in disaster thriller Dante’s Peak which is about citizens trying to survive a volcanic eruption. Many scenes were shot in Idaho’s renowned ghost town of Wallace, featuring the town’s distinctive old buildings.

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Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge (2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon!) is an incredible place to experience jet boating in spring or summer. Various jet boating tours will take you upstream from Lewiston, Idaho through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and up to Hells Canyon Creek Visitor Center and Hells Canyon Dam. Be awed by the height of the canyon walls towering over the Snake River and enjoy scenic views of the canyon with its ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir trees, and often many kinds of native wildlife.

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Bike ride, hike, or horse ride the Route of the Hiawatha for panoramic views of Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains. Once an old railway line, this scenic 15-mile bike track passes through numerous tunnels and towering trestle bridges reaching up to 230 feet high. Many visitors say their favourite part of the ride is the St. Paul Pass (Taft Tunnel) which is located under the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line. Start at the Lookout Pass Ski Area to hire mountain bikes, helmets and lights, with an optional shuttle bus available on return. The Route of the Hiawatha is open 8:30am-5pm from about mid-May to mid-September and is all downhill, making it the perfect spot for a scenic family bike ride.

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Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison is a great place to go on a holiday to authentically experience the Great American West. You will be paired with a horse for your stay so that you can ride on the extensive scenic trails with pastures, open hillsides, ridges and narrow paths every day, led by a knowledgeable wrangler. There are many other exciting adventures available including rock climbing and ziplining at the Challenge Course, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing for bass, crappie, trout, and perch. This is an ideal destination for families as there is a Kids Program where children will learn to horse ride, kayak, and go bike riding! You are sure to have a comfortable stay here in one of their 20 suites with cosy bedding, authentic log furniture, and private decks to look out at the breathtaking forest views.

Visit the Warhawk Air Museum to learn more about World War I, World War II, and the Cold War Era through their unique collection of equipment and airplanes including two rare Curtiss P-40 World War II fighter planes. If you love history, then why not attend the 17th Annual Warbird Roundup which is a yearly gathering of famous WWII airplanes at the museum. These historic planes will be flown around in front of you and are sure to wow both adults and children. Additionally, Col. Clarence E (Bud) Anderson and Steven Hinton will give insightful presentations where they will provide interesting information about flying these rare planes. This year the event will be held on August 24-25 from 9am to 4pm.

Enjoy a day skiing at Sun Valley which has over 2,000 acres of terrain and two top mountains, yet nearly no lines due to efficient lift systems. Stay the night at Sun Valley Lodge which has a huge spa, fantastic fitness centre and yoga studio, outdoor pool, restaurants and lounges. There are a variety of different suites you can choose to stay in which are all stylish, comfortable and cosy. One of the most interesting accommodation options is their five Celebrity Suites which are named after celebrities who have stayed here in the past. This includes Marilyn Monroe, Sonia Henie, Ernest Hemingway, Clint Eastwood, and Sun Valley’s founding father Averell Harriman. The suites feature classic photography of these celebrities, a cosy fireplace, living room with flat screen TV, a large bedroom and free Wi-Fi.

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is an all-ages winter getaway that is much more than just a ski area. It offers ski terrain, Nordic and snowshoe travels, and a tubing hill as well as many other fun activities. Just last year Bogus Basin added Idaho’s first alpine Coaster called ‘Glade Runner’ which speeds through the beautiful Boise National Forest at over 40 kilometres per hour. The coaster is perfect for all abilities as riders can control their own speed by pressing the handles. Another unique game at Bogus Basin is disc golf where you bring your own discs and try to frisbee them into the raised holes. Bogus Basin is great in every season with 23 mountain biking trails, summer tubing, a bungee trampoline, scenic chairlift rides, hiking and horseback riding.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an interesting place to go for a hike with friends and family. You can explore caves, craters and lava flows which duplicate the surface of the moon as closely as anything else on Earth. There are many daytime tours such as ranger-led tours every day in September that venture into the lava tube caves. For those who want to learn more about photography, head to Craters of the Moon visitor center on the 22nd September where nature photographer Douglass Owen will give tips on how to best photograph nature. This preserve is recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as a designated International Dark Sky Park, so it has incredible views of the night sky. To view the fascinating landscape under a full moon at night time, go on the ‘Full Moon Hike’ on the 23rd September. Read more about the activities offered at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.