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Fri May 10, 2013, 04:54 PM

Visiting Idaho this summer for the first time.

We'll be traveling from California to the Grand Tetons but will be spending most of our time in Idaho. Neither my husband nor I have ever been through your lovely state and I'd like to ask if there are any really good campgrounds (tent camping) and/or anything special we should be seeing. Any recommendations for good restaurants (we're on a budget) or things to see? REALLY looking forward to coming to your state so any suggestions you might want to offer will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

LTH

P.S. I've bookmarked this thread. There looks like a WHOLE lot of possibilities for detours. Thanks so much for your responses and feel free to keep them coming.

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Reply Visiting Idaho this summer for the first time. (Original post)
Le Taz Hot May 2013 OP
montanacowboy May 2013 #1
LiberalLoner May 2013 #2
Le Taz Hot May 2013 #5
Le Taz Hot May 2013 #4
handmade34 May 2013 #3
Shrike47 May 2013 #6
Le Taz Hot May 2013 #8
truebluegreen May 2013 #7
CokeMachine May 2013 #9
sorcrow May 2013 #10
BlueToTheBone May 2013 #11

Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:03 PM

1. Not my State but a stone's throw away

You will LOVE the Tetons - they are pretty magnificent - I can't give you any tips on campgrounds but if you are traveling in Southern Idaho it's pretty much Mormon country and sometimes some little restaurants no coffee, tea or soda.

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:12 PM

2. Hi MontanaCowboy!



Idaho is nice but maybe come a little further and see Montana, too!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #2)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:16 PM

5. I would LOVE to see Montanta

but we're already trekking from California, we'll be doing tent camping and, well, we're not young people anymore. Montana is definitely on the "go see" list, though.

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:15 PM

4. LOL!

I just noticed I mispelled Tetons (Titons). Fixed it. My husband actually suggested the Tetons. I did some searching and now I'm really excited to be able to see it IRL. Btw, love the Yosemite picture -- I live about 45 miles from there.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:13 PM

3. not an Idahoan here but...

my daughter lives in Hailey (Sun Valley) and tells me the hiking is awesome...

http://www.visitsunvalley.com/things-to-do/sports-recreation/camping

also Fun trip... Craters of the Moon!!

http://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:39 PM

6. Oregonian here, but I been there. Main thought - it'll be really hot. Bring hot weather clothes.

Of course, if you're visiting from Riverside, it won't seem too bad...

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #6)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:51 PM

8. Actually, we'll be coming from the Central Valley.

We know hot.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:50 PM

7. Definitely the Wood River Valley

(about 75 mi. north from Twin Falls), including Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley. Excellent hiking and you can take the ski lifts to the top of Baldy, if you want, and hike down.

Another 60 miles up the same highway will take you over Galena Summit and down into the Stanley Basin. Area includes several large lakes and many small ones. Redfish Lake is here--so named for the salmon which came to spawn--and the Main Fork of the Salmon River starts here. There is excellent camping at the lake, the Sawtooth Mountains are drop-dead gorgeous and the little town of Stanley has a number of rafting companies that can do day-trips (or they did last time I checked! I think the area had a good water year). Also a couple of fun bars and at least one decent restaurant.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:52 PM

9. Depending you the route you're taking you might like this.

 

It's about 30 miles southeast of Pocatello. You can get to Teton park on a less traveled path (all paved) from there. Since you will be close to Yellowstone Park you might as well do a day trip through the park -- you won't be disappointed.

http://www.lavahotsprings.com/

Have fun!!

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 05:56 PM

10. Challis

Challis is my favorite town in Idaho, family connections.
The Challis Hot Springs Resort is a decent bed and breakfast and a great campground. It has a big! hot springs pool and is on the Salmon River. Beautiful country. A lot of mining history in the area, e.g. The Yankee Fork has a nearly intact mining town. You can even pan for gold.
If you swing northeast from Boise, you go through the Sawtooth Mountains, hit Challis, then turn southeast and head across the state to Arco, Pocatello and on into Wyoming for the Tetons.
Have fun and good luck,
Crow

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2013, 07:02 PM

11. There is a highway that is lined with waterfalls...quite lovely and

there is also some hot springs. I don't remember the town but it's about the hot springs and there is an old hotel with the most beautiful hot pool. If you're interested, pm me and I'll get the info.

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