Things To Do In Idaho:

Adventures of the Southeast in Swan Valley, Idaho Falls, Driggs, and Beyond

Southeastern Idaho is an outdoor paradise celebrated for its picturesque landscapes and abundant outdoor activities. The area offers numerous attractions. Anglers flock to the serene beauty of Swan Valley, anticipating the dance of the fly rod and trout on the Southfork of the Snake River for what is known as the best fly-fishing in the United States. While outdoor adventure lovers embrace nature’s surrounding playground for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, foraging, and so much more. Idaho Falls offers a bit of city life and a vintage record store where you may spot a celebrity on vacation, attempting to blend into the natural elements of this beautiful treasure landscape on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park.

Swan Valley: A Tranquil Retreat

Nestled between the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the Snake River, Swan Valley is a haven for those seeking tranquility and adventure. Reel Adventure, Pure Relaxation perfectly describes it. The centerpiece of this area is the Palisades Reservoir, created by the Palisades Dam. This reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Anglers will find a variety of fish, including cutthroat and rainbow trout, making it a nice spot for a relaxing day on the water.

The South Fork of the Snake River is world-renowned for its world-class fly fishing, which attracts anglers from around the globe. Even if fishing isn’t your sport, a float trip down the river offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife. During winter months, the river landscape is picture-perfect, with the snow-capped lush forest mountains as a backdrop.

The area boasts numerous hiking trails and biking trails for exciting adventures. Grab a picnic lunch from River Retreat Lodge and enjoy a nice waterfall hike. The Palisades Creek Trail is particularly popular, leading to scenic waterfalls and offering beautiful views of the surrounding forest and mountains. In winter, these trails transform into snowmobiling and cross-country skiing routes, providing year-round adventure opportunities. If you are a geothermal pool enthusiast, visit Heise Hot Springs- the natural mineral springs are approximately 30 minutes from River Retreat Lodge. The valley also offers horseback riding, 4-wheel adventures, and whitewater river rafting.

Swan Valley is in the center of it all—a base for mountain adventures. It conveniently has easy access to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole. The area is approximately an hour from the Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole airports.

Image of falls flowing over rocks into southfork of Snake river in Swan Valley Idaho
Image of bison in field at Yellowstone National Parl

Idaho Falls: The Heart of Eastern Idaho

Idaho Falls, the largest city in eastern Idaho, is a cultural and economic hub. Its namesake, the Idaho Falls, is a must-see. These falls, located in the city’s heart, are part of a beautiful riverwalk stretching for miles along the Snake River. The walk offers picturesque views and a relaxing atmosphere for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

The Museum of Idaho is another highlight, featuring exhibits that delve into the region’s history, culture, and natural science. For a unique experience, visit the Idaho Potato Museum, just a short drive away in Blackfoot. This museum celebrates Idaho’s famous crop with quirky and informative displays.

Dining in Idaho Falls offers a diverse culinary scene. From upscale restaurants serving locally sourced dishes to cozy diners and cafes, there’s something to satisfy every palate. SnakeBite Restaurant is a local favorite, known for its delicious burgers and friendly atmosphere.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the nearby Hell’s Half Acre lava field offers a unique hiking experience across ancient volcanic terrain. Pro: tip – Fly into Idaho Falls and stay in tranquility under the stars in Swan Valley. Visit Driggs for a day or drive to Yellowstone National Park. And 

Fun Fact: Idaho Falls is home to Hyde Drift Boats and Clackacraft Drift Boats. If that does not stay, something about the region’s amazing fishing rivers, then we are missing something. .Not only is the Snake River here, just north of Swan Valley, Star Valley, Wyoming offers three incredible rivers anglers should know.

Driggs: Gateway to the Tetons

Driggs, located in Teton Valley, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. This charming town sits just west of the Teton Range, providing easy access to some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. Grand Targhee Resort is a major draw, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter. The resort receives an average of 500 inches of snow annually, ensuring excellent conditions for winter sports.

Grand Targhee transforms into a perfect all-day summer adventure for mountain biking and hiking. The resort’s extensive trail system caters to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders, and offers panoramic views of the Tetons.

The Teton River, running through Driggs, is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting various birds and animals, including moose, deer, and eagles. The area also has numerous campgrounds, providing ample opportunities for overnight stays under the stars.

For a taste of local flavor, try Forage Bistro and Lounge,  a cozy restaurant known for its creative menu and commitment to using locally sourced ingredients.

America's Most Beautiful Destination - Undiscovered Idaho

What is it about Southeastern Idaho? It offers something for everyone.

  • Gorgeous Views
  • Stargazing
  • Beautiful Hikes
  • Backcountry Escapes
  • Backcountry Camping
  • Day Skiing
  • Amazing Winter Activities – Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, and more.
  • Perfect Day Trips
  • Favorite Restaurants – Have you visited The Gilded Trumpeter in Irwin at River Retreat Lodge?
  • Beautiful Waterfalls
  • ATV or 4-wheel drive experience
  • Cool River Water
  • Bike Trails
  • Hot Springs Experience
  • Access to West Yellowstone
  • Water Activities
  • A destination for Families, Couples, Anglers, and Solo Travelers – filled with safe experiences outdoors


The list could go on, but whether you fly or take a road trip to this region the lovely views and dynamic nature will make you fall in love

Sun Valley: A Winter Wonderland in South Central Idaho

Sun Valley is a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts, but it comes with a cost – more crowds and higher prices. Of course, its stunning mountain scenery and abundant snowfall offer a range of activities for all skill levels. The Sun Valley Resort is popular for skiing and snowboarding, with over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. The resort also offers winter activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, and sleigh rides.

The Sun Valley area offers scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails if you prefer a slower pace. The Wood River Trail is popular, winding through picturesque landscapes and charming towns.

In the summer, Sun Valley transforms into a playground for outdoor adventurers. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound, with options for all fitness levels. The area is also known for its excellent golf courses, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The Salmon River‘s headwater is approximately an hour north of Sun Valley for the fly fisherman or fisherwoman!

After a day of outdoor activities, relax and unwind at one of the area’s many spas and wellness centers. Sun Valley is home to several world-class resorts that offer rejuvenating treatments and luxurious amenities.

Image of the entrance to the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot Idaho
Image of Town of Sun Valley Idaho

Boise: The Vibrant State Capital in Southwest Idaho

Boise, Idaho,  the capital, is a vibrant city with diverse attractions. The Boise River Greenbelt is a beloved feature of the city, offering 25 miles of scenic pathways for walking, jogging, and biking. Along the way, you can enjoy beautiful views of the river and the city’s skyline. For the adventure seeker, take a jet boat in Hells Canyon ( a popular activity for summer visitors), take a scenic drive to Shoshone Falls, or head to Balanced Rock in Twin Falls County. Boise is a good base for rock climbing in the incredible state of Idaho.

The Basque Block is another must-visit destination in Boise. This unique neighborhood is home to the largest Basque community in the United States and offers a glimpse into its rich cultural heritage. Explore the Basque Museum and Cultural Center to learn more about their traditions and history.

The Boise Art Museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts. It features a diverse collection of contemporary art and rotating exhibitions from renowned artists. The Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho also offer a vibrant performing arts scene.

Boise’s flourishing culinary scene will delight food lovers. There’s something for everyone, from farm-to-table restaurants to craft breweries and food truck rallies. Don’t forget to try the local Idaho potatoes prepared in various delicious ways.

Coeur d'Alene: A Gem by the Lake in Northern Idaho

Coeur d’Alene is a picturesque city located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The lake is a popular boating, fishing, and water sports destination. Take a scenic boat cruise to explore the beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscapes.

The city’s downtown area offers a charming blend of shops, galleries, and eateries. Explore the Coeur d’Alene Resort, known for its luxurious accommodations and scenic golf course. The nearby Tubbs Hill Nature Trail offers an opportunity to hike and enjoy stunning lake views.

If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Museum of North Idaho, which showcases the region’s rich history through exhibits and artifacts. The city also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including the Coeur d’Alene Annual Art Walk and the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Triathlon.

There are plenty of things to do in Idaho and all over the state. We might be partial, but the Southeast, the place we call home, is the TRIFECTA destination. Whether seeking outdoor adventure or a peaceful retreat, southeastern Idaho has something to offer. Swan Valley’s serene landscapes, abundant fishing opportunities, Idaho Falls’ blend of urban amenities and natural beauty, and Driggs’ proximity to the majestic Tetons create a trifecta of destinations catering to every interest. Hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, and dining experiences abound, making this region a must-visit for travelers looking to explore the best of Idaho’s natural and cultural treasures.

And the best part is it is quiet. It still feels like escaping to that off-the-beaten-path summer or winter destination where dinner reservations are easy to find, and you feel the mountain is all yours.