The University of Idaho is located in the town of Moscow, just north of Lewiston. This university proudly boasts nine academic colleges and a graduate college, and is home to nearly 12,000 students and thousands of staff members. Tours of the campus are available during weekday hours.
The Boise River is a favorite locale on hot summer days. You can get in your inner tube, raft, canoe or kayak in Barber Park just east of Boise, and begin a five-mile float trip to Ann Morrison Park in the heart of the city. The trip provides a variety of unique scenery, both urban and rural.
The Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls features a wide variety of exhibits and more than 300 animals. Attractions you must see include Primate Discovery Center, the African Penguins and Asian Adventure. Make sure to stop by the Children's Zoo to let the kids pet a donkey, feed a lamb and explore what it's like to be a bird in the interactive playground.
Sun Valley in south-central Idaho is widely known as a snow-skier's paradise, and for its breathtaking scenery. You may be surprised to find out that Sun Valley is also home to numerous golf courses, dozens of art galleries, unique specialty shops and a lively culinary scene.
Just north of Twin Falls in south central Idaho you will find another one of Idaho's crown jewels, Shoshone Falls. These breathtaking falls stand 212 feet over the Snake River, and are one of the most spectacular natural beauties in the state. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and relaxing in the shaded, grassy area surrounding the falls.
The city of Idaho Falls enjoys mild weather most of the year, with temperatures averaging in the mid-80s during the summer. The seasonal sunny skies and warm days provide an awesome setting for hiking, biking, boating and horseback riding in the area. You may find the winters a little too cold for some of these activities, so plan ahead for skiing and snowmobiling adventures.
Boise State University is a staple in the community of Boise, and home to the legendary Bronco Stadium touting the world's only blue football field. The campus is located adjacent to the Boise River, providing a scenic view of the foothills that offer unlimited year-round recreation opportunities.
Bruneau Dunes State Park can be found southeast of Boise, and boasts the tallest sand dune in North America looming 470-feet high above the desert south of the town of Mountain Home. The state park includes a variety of landscapes including desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat. Activities include bird watching, hiking and viewing the stars at Idaho's only public observatory.
Bogus Basin Mountain is located 16 miles north of Boise and features more than 2,600 acres for skiing and snowboarding. In addition, the mountain is home to two freestyle terrain parks and a tubing hill. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are offered, and equipment rental is available on-site.
Lake Lowell is part of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge just southwest of Boise, and offers up a spectacular locale for bird watching. Seasonally, more than 200 species of birds have been sighted in the area. Lake Lowell is also a great place for a relaxing day of fishing, where countless trout, bass, yellow perch and catfish are waiting to take your bait.