Escape to the Gem State and discover a diverse landscape primed for endless adventure. Inside Moon Idaho you’ll find:
Strategic, flexible itineraries for 4-to-5-day road trips to visit Boise's wine country, Sun Valley and Sawtooth's mountains, or the lakes of the Panhandle
Outdoor recreation: Raft on the Payette River, take a challenging hike, and paddle pristine turquoise lakes. Bike the Boise River Greenbelt, see multihued wildflowers in bloom, or take in celestial wonders in the first gold-tier dark sky reserve in the U.S.
The top activities and unique experiences: Road trip the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway for waterfall photo-ops or experience Basque culture in vibrant Boise. Learn about the state’s literary legacy or visit a historic ghost town. Savor fresh flavors at a farm-to-table restaurant and kick back with some of Idaho’s delicious local microbrews
Ways to respectfully engage with Indigenous cultures: Shop for handmade goods, visit a museum to learn about Indigenous history, or admire ancient petroglyphs
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Expert advice from Idaho local and lifelong adventurer Teresa Bruffey Kaufman
Reliable background on the culture, weather, wildlife, and history, plus tips on driving conditions and traveling sustainably
Find your adventure with Moon Idaho.
Exploring nearby? Check out Moon Montana & Wyoming or Moon Oregon. Passing through? Try Moon Oregon Trail Road Trip.
About Moon Travel Guides: Moon was founded in 1973 to empower independent, active, and conscious travel. We prioritize local businesses, outdoor recreation, and traveling strategically and sustainably. Moon Travel Guides are written by local, expert authors with great stories to tell—and they can't wait to share their favorite places with you.
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About the Author
Growing up in Seattle, Teresa Bruffey Kaufman regularly visited Idaho to see her grandparents on their farm in Buhl or at their little cabin in Ketchum. As an adult, she would go to Idaho for backpacking and climbing, and after every trip into the Sawtooths or the City of Rocks, she would return to Washington having left pieces of her heart behind in Idaho. She made the decision to relocate there in 2012.
After years in Boise, she and her husband moved to the town of Garden Valley, where they live on a small ranch growing produce for the local farmers market, welcoming guests to stay in a yurt they built, and caring for a parcel of forestland.
A writing and marketing professional for over 20 years, Teresa has spent the last 13 years in the outdoor adventure and small ship adventure cruise arenas. Her goal has always been to help people get the most out of their own adventures by providing valuable, useful, and inspiring information. She is excited to share the very best of her home state, where she never tires of the beautiful views, endless places to explore, or the spectacular night sky.
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