Scenic Idaho Drives
Ernest Hemmingway said, “A lot of state this Idaho, that I didn’t know about.” We feel like he couldn’t have been more right. Idaho is a haven of beautiful vistas and spectacular drives, but so few people know about them. Idaho consists of three distinct regions: the glistening, emerald green hillsides of the Rocky Mountains of Northern Idaho, the rolling lush farmland of Central Idaho and the Snake River plain and vibrant cities of southern Idaho. This geographic diversity perpetuates Idaho’s status as one of the most beautiful states to drive through. We have put together a list of some of the most scenic drives for you to take your RV through.
The Wild Horse Trail is a 48-mile venture which heads northwards from Sandpoint and makes up a 280-mile drive that takes you through a meandering road through British Columbia.
The northern side of Idaho’s largest lake is, in short, breathtaking. The Pend Oreille Scenic Byway takes you from Sandpoint to the Montana State Line.
Explorer David Thompson got it right in 1809 by taking this route on the way to search for a passage to the Columbia River. Drive along miles of soothing river scenery that wonderfully reflects the beauty of Northern Idaho
For all the bird watchers out there, the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway is the route for you, so keep your binoculars handy! This drive gives many opportunities for bird watchers to spot bald eagles and osprey.
Not many routes give you an opportunity to see nature like the St. Joe River Scenic Byway. Forest Road 50 is home to an abundance of deer, elk, moose, and even bears!
Discover numerous small, tranquil lakes and marshlands by taking this Scenic Byway through the St. Joe National Forest. Plus it is not too far from Lake Coeur d’Alene, so you can take your boat for an extra adventure.
This winding 22-mile journey takes you past three different reservoirs on your way to take a glance into Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Take your camera along with you and enjoy breathtaking views!
The Payette River Scenic Byway meanders 111 miles along the Payette river passing through Smith’s Ferry and Cascade, finally arriving at McCall.
Another fantastic route for the wildlife observer is the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway. This Scenic Byway takes you along the South fork of the Payette River, starting from Banks, though Garden Valley, and going all the way to Lowman. This area is good for more than those who want to watch wildlife. Stop along the way to raft, fish, and even soak in hot springs!
Wind your way 131 miles from the heart of the Stanley Basin, along the South Fork of the Payette River, past Lowman and through historic Idaho City, to Boise.
This 131-mile long Scenic Byway takes you from the heart of the Stanley Basin, past the South Fork of Payette River, and through historic Idaho City before taking you to Boise.
The Snake River Canyon Byway crosses more than 50 miles of a rich diversity of places, people, and scenic agriculture along the Snake River.
The Western Heritage Historic Byway takes you 30 miles alongside old trails of Kuna to the Snake River Canyon and the Swan Falls Dam. This is another fantastic byway for all the bird watchers out there, as there are numerous birds of prey soaring above.
This remote backcountry byway takes you through the desert of Owhyee County. Be prepared to drive along the sheer red cliffs of river canyons on this 101-mile road.
The Sawtooth Scenic Byway is a unique and breath-taking drive. You will travel along a lengthy road through high desert and lava flows. It will take you through Stanley and the Sun Valley, over Galena Summit and along several stunning alpine lakes.
Best known for its fish hatcheries, fossil beds, and the Hagerman Valley, the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway takes you alongside brilliant springs.
This 49-mile route is full of amazing Idaho landmarks and history. You can see the names of pioneers who wrote their names in axle grease on rocks at the City of Rocks. If you are an avid climber, this route is also made for you, as climbers from around the world venture here to be challenged by its towering granite spires.