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Wedged between Montana and Oregon, and often overlooked as a result, Idaho is one of Western USA's most underrated destinations. This rather large chunk of land has 114 mountain ranges and some of the most rugged mountains in the Lower 48. Over 60% of the state is public land, and with 3.9 million acres of Wilderness, it's the third-wildest state in the union.

Boise, the state capital, is a pleasant place to linger, Sun Valley is a classic US ski resort, and the wild treasures range from Craters of the Moon National park and the National Bison Range to Teton Valley and the dramatic Sawtooth National Recreation Area, one of the West's premier adventure areas.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Idaho.