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Idaho might seem a little under-the-radar in terms of being a premier vacation destination, but in reality, it has a lot to offer. This is particularly true if you love sports including mountain biking and winter sports, as well as outdoor adventures.

You can rent an RV on Outdoorsy and pick it up in one of the state’s bigger cities like Boise, and then head out to enjoy all the area has to offer.

Some of the best places for athletic travelers and sports-lovers include the following:

Tamarack Resort

Tamarack Resort is great for any lover of winter sports. The resort features 48 trails, and it’s the most vertical resort in Southwest Idaho.

During the winter there’s not only skiing and snowboarding but also showshoe options in the backcountry, and you can rent snowmobiles as well.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley is frequently ranked as one of the best ski resorts in the U.S. and the entire world.

Sun Valley is where some of the greatest skiers go, and despite the fact that it’s a world-class destination, it still manages to feel under-the-radar and rural. Skiing is the primary focus here, as opposed to other ski destinations which have become more about the glitz and the glamour.

Sun Valley is known for serving as the home turf for many Olympians, and there are downhill runs, Nordic trails and backcountry options here.

If you visit Sun Valley, it wouldn’t be unusual to see U.S. Ski team members practicing as well as former Olympians.


Often described as a hidden gem in the Idaho ski scene is Schweitzer.

It’s good for families who enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and there are more than 2,900 acres of ski space. It’s in the northern part of the state, and it’s remote, so it’s not going to be as crowded as some of the other destinations.


If you’re looking for something more in the way of summer sports, Idaho isn’t just known for skiing and snowboarding.

It also has excellent mountain backing.

The McCall area, in particular, has a plethora of trails including Loon Lake, Bear Basin Trails, Brundage Mountain, and the Jug Mountain Ranch Trails.

If you want to do a little fishing along with your mountain biking adventures, this is popular in the McCall area too.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Sawtooth National Recreation Area is hundreds of thousands of acres of wild mountain scenery, perfect for outdoor sports-lovers and just outdoor lovers in general.

It features the Sawtooth Wilderness and the White Clouds Wilderness, as well as more than 700 miles of trails.

There are dozens of peaks that ascend more than 10,000 feet, and hundreds of alpine lakes.

People visit Sawtooth for rafting, canoeing, and boating, hiking, biking, backpacking, and camping.

If you’re adventurous and you love having an active, sport-filled vacation, Idaho is one of the best states in the U.S. to plan your next trip. The options are endless whether it’s summer or winter in this rugged, naturally scenic sate.