We love off-the-beaten-path travel destinations and adventures. Lucky for us, it does not get more off-the-beaten path in the U.S. than our home state of Idaho. When we are not off digital nomading or taking a much-anticipated vacation, we call the gem state home.

If you have never been to Idaho, the first thing you need to know is that the state is large and sparsely populated. We are light on big cities, crowds and diversity. What we have instead are small towns galore and an abundance of opportunities for recreation. Some of our favorite things to do in Idaho include skiing, road tripping and gazing at the stars. Oh, and we really appreciate a good soak in some hot springs. Luckily, we have a lot of those in Idaho.

We have spent a lot of time driving around Idaho in an effort to see new places and check things off our bucket list. Many of our Idaho adventures are unique and random, which is our favorite kind of adventure. If you are looking to see a bit more of Idaho, we have a couple of suggestions for you:

Be a digital nomad in Idaho

Idaho is a great place to be a digital nomad. You can immerse yourself in unique experiences like working and living in a small farming community, a lakeside town or a mountain village. Imagine yourself skiing after work or eating scones at the county fair. Even though we live in Idaho and have gotten to explore its many charms for years, we had a wonderful time being digital nomads in a small town called Mackay. We lived and worked from a cute house in the country for a month in the summer. During that time we enjoyed a ranch rodeo, the local farmers market, catching glimpses of moose in the fields at dusk and much more. Idaho may not be an obvious place to be a digital nomad, but it is a pretty great one in our opinion.

Go on an Idaho state parks challenge

When the pandemic hit and our usual travel adventures stopped, we upped our adventures in Idaho by challenging ourselves to visit every Idaho state park. This made the summer of 2020 not just memorable, but fun. We were able to check areas off our Idaho bucket list and explore well-loved locations. We highly recommend you go on your own Idaho state parks challenge. It is a fantastic way to see the gem state.

girl swimming in Bear Lake
Swimming in the turquoise waters of Bear Lake.

Visit all 44 counties in Idaho

Idaho’s counties are not all necessarily unique, but they each have something worth seeing. You can go opal mining in Clark County, visit Idaho’s oldest courthouse (built in 1862) in Clearwater County or attend the Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival in Valley County. A little research on what each county offers in terms of towns, festivals, points of interest, etc. will go a long way in deciding what to see. You will also want to time your visits to the right seasons and/or event dates.

A uniquely Idaho experience is visiting the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Camas County in the spring. Seeing a sea of purple that is the Camas Lilies in bloom is well worth the effort it takes to get there. And there are many other experiences and places across Idaho’s counties that are also worth the time and effort.

All things Idaho: Camas lilies and the sky reflecting in the water
A beautiful spring day on the Camas Prairie.


Very few places on earth look like Craters of the Moon. If you find yourself in central Idaho, make sure you take some time to visit and explore. And as long as you are in central Idaho, we have a few tips for visiting Sun Valley and Ketchum. This is the area B grew up in. 

R has spent most of her life not in a small town but in the “big” city of Boise, Idaho. So she has some good tips for what to do in Boise. Our capital has grown a lot in the past decade and although its size is nothing compared to most state capitals, we are a little shocked by how much it has changed in a relatively short amount of time. But that just means there is more to do and love about Boise.

If you find yourself up north (and you should really find yourself up north at least once in your life since it is so beautiful), Coeur d’Alene is a wonderful place to kill some time. In fact, all of northern Idaho is a wonderful escape. The scenery is very, very different from southern Idaho and it makes me very happy to visit the lakes and small towns up north.

All things Idaho: CDA dock on a sunny day.
Walking the dock in CDA.


Idaho is a wonderful place to live and visit. And like most states, Idahoans are proud of their state. We may even have a reputation for not showing a lot of love to those who move here from certain other states (sorry California). But if you get to know us and our towns, you will find good people lucky enough to be living in a beautiful part of the world. There is a reason why these two digital nomads keep coming back home to Idaho.