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Idaho suggestions

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Idaho suggestions

I am interested in exploring Idaho in early Sept. I will be coming from Glacier NP and have approximately 6 days to explore before leaving from Salt Lake City. What would a recommended Idaho itinerary be? I enjoy unique natural features/ scenery, off-beat, interesting, friendly towns and hiking. I don't mind going off the beaten path for any of these things. Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Idaho suggestions

A white water rafting trip on the Salmon river or a jet-boat excursion through Hells Canyon are worthwhile.

Northern Idaho is close to Glacier, and is very beautiful- especially around the north lakes (Coeur D'Alene, Pendoreille, Priest River, ect.)

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2. Re: Idaho suggestions

A nice itinerary from Glacier to Salt Lake would be to take US93 from Kalispell thorugh Missoula and onto Salmon, Idaho; beautiful mountain scenery through the Bitterroot Valley (Missoula to the Idaho state line) and onto the Salmon River in Idaho. From Salmon I would continue to Challis, Idaho where I would take State Highway 75 to Stanley, Idaho in the middle of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area which has some of the best mountain scenery and hiking not in a National Park in the west. From Stanley continue on through Sun Valley to connect with Interstate 84 at Twin Falls, Idaho and onto Salt Lake. You could break the trip up by staying at Hamilton, Mt or Salmon, Id, or Stanley, Id.

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i would suggest to come down through salmon, stanley and sun valley. great off beat places, and interesting history and lots of friendly folks. there are hot springs all over that area...google them. stanley is a great old town, still with dirt roads, at the headlands of the best hiking in the world. google danners cabins and redfish lake..

then of course, ketchum (the real town, not SV)...and then down to twin to slc...any other suggestions???enjoy

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4. Re: Idaho suggestions

I would strongly suggest a boat trip up the Hells Canyon from Lewiston, especially the overnight mail run. There are several boat companies that give tours.

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Heading down to Twin Falls, there is the nice view of/from Perrine Bridge. There is parking at the north end, and there is a pedestrian lane on the bridge. Just south of town is the road to Shoshone Falls. Right now is a great time to see it. By September there won't be much water going over it.

From Twin Falls you could take U.S. 93 south through Jackpot and Wells, NV. Then I-80 into SLC. This will take you along the Bonneville salt flats. The last time that I drove that section of I-80, there was not much enforceability of speed limits along the salt flat. Not that I recommend speeding. I also don't know if they have new devices there. However, they did have speed traps in West Wendover, as people who get into a speeding mindset across the salt flats often speed there too and get caught. You can gamble the rest of your money away in Jackpot, Wells, and West Wendover.

Another possibility if you are heading south from Sun Valley is to see Craters of the Moon National Monument. Past that on U.S. 20 is Arco and the Idaho National Laboratory. I haven't been past Arco on this road, and I don't know what if any tours are available. On the way to SLC you can gamble the rest of your money away at the Indian casino in Pocatello.

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6. Re: Idaho suggestions

Redfish is beautiful, don't miss it.

Hit up the hot springs, but remember they are pack in-pack out (take everything out with you that you bring in, i.e. trash)

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8. Re: Idaho suggestions

Trip looks great! Do you know Idaho is known as the the Whitewater State. Whuichever Idaho river you choose, you will have a great experience. More miles of wilderness rivers that any state. Make sure and look into

1. Idaho's Salmon River of No Return, great family trip

2. Middle Fork of the Salmon. Amazing, better for adults

3. Hells Canyon (I think thei is the trip you are looking at). Good for all ages depending on time of year

4. The Selway Epic, but big rapids

good luck and have fun

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