Nestling against the Rocky Mountains with a mild, four season climate, Idaho is as much about hiking and biking in the great outdoors as the vibrant Arts scene and lively downtown in its capital Boise. Our choice of the best places to stay in Idaho puts you right in amongst hiking trails and mountain lakes, which double as ski and snowboard centres in winter.
Mountains, alpine lakes, forests and river canyons abound in Idaho. Adrenaline junkies paraglide from the top of Bald Mountain in summer or hurtle down its straight slopes in the ski season. Golf, hiking, cycling, kayaking, riding and tennis unfold against a backdrop of magnificent scenery which will keep any landscape photographer happy from daybreak until the last gleam of evening sunlight reflecting in the lake.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Idaho offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for a large resort with a comprehensive selection of activities or a peaceful retreat to escape the stresses of daily life.
Opened as a ski resort in 1938, Sun Valley Lodge has been rebuilt with spacious comfortable rooms and suites. It boasts more outdoor recreational activities than any other destination resort in the U.S. Ski, hike, bike off road or on paved trails, choose 9 or 18 holes of golf, tone up in the gym and outdoor pool or luxuriate in the spa and wellness centre.
High in the mountains, set on the crystal waters of Lake Payette, Shore Lodge has its own marina and beach. Water sports rule in summer. Choose canoe, kayak, paddleboard, sailboat or motor cruiser to explore the lake. In winter, snowshoes, skis, snowboards or snowmobiles are the order of the day. There's golf and hiking, and a spa for respite from all the activity.
Set on a fast flowing mountain river, Henry's Fork Lodge and is surely a flyfisher's dream. Expert guides will hone newbies' skills. Comfortable rustic rooms and meals prepared with fresh local ingredients welcome guests after a day's expedition. Non-fishing partner? Yellowstone National Park is less than an hour's drive away. There's kayaking, walking and cycling in the stunning scenery.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Idaho, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sprawling retreat in Idaho's Sun Valley with year-round recreational activities. Rooms and cottages are spacious and warm, with earth tones, wool carpets and walk-in showers, making your stay supremely comfortable. With added Spa, gym and pool. Dine on a huge range of American and European cuisines.
Modern take on a traditional lodge. Rugs with tree motifs, a natural color palette of browns and nudes, stone walls and exposed woods, and large windows make the lake and forest focus of every room. A range of snow sports on offer with a spa, pool and hot tub to relax afterwards. Restaurant & grill.
Understated sophistication, high-quality service and rustic interiors come together in Idaho's prime fly fishing destination. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared daily, and there is a library stocked with fishing books to make you feel at home. All modern amenities are provided in the rooms.