Nestled in the heart of the Northwest, Idaho offers many options for a memorable family vacation. The region, shaped by the Rocky Mountains and extensive rivers, is both beautiful to look at and exciting to explore.

On the following pages, you’ll find profiles of some of the state’s attractions, from otherworldly landscapes to national forests to one of the best rafting sites in the country. To help with your trip planning, you’ll also find contact information, as well as photographs of each destination. Here’s a preview:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Pockmarked with cinder cones, lava tubes and deep fissures, this remarkable volcanic landscape is so strange and lunar-like that American astronauts have actually trained at the site.

River Rafting on the Salmon River

The longest river without a dam in the lower 48 states, the legendary Salmon River is considered one of the continent's premier rafting destinations.

Sawtooth National Forest

Located in south-central Idaho, Sawtooth National Forest is named for its sharp, serrated peaks that can be seen silhouetted against the sky like the teeth of a saw. This region features some of the wildest country in North America.

Hells Canyon of the Snake River

Originally formed from part of a Pacific island chain millions of years ago, the Snake River cut through miles of rock to join the Columbia River, leaving the awe-inspiring canyon in its wake.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Idaho State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Idaho, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives:For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.