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Itinerary: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming Itinerary featuring Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hells Canyon & Sun Valley

Day 1: Boise, Idaho

Arrive into Boise. While in town make sure to visit some unique Boise attractions including:

•  The Basque Museum – www.basquemuseum.com

•  Old Idaho State Penitentiary – www.history.idaho.gov

•  World Center for Birds of Prey – www.peregrinefund.org

Stay overnight in Boise

There are many hotels, camping and dining options for everyone’s tastes and budgets.


Basque Block in Downtown Boise

Day 2: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Idaho

Travel to Riggins, the “Whitewater Capital” on your way to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.  Attractions along the way include:

Zipline Tour in Horseshoe Bend – www.zipidaho.com

Whitewater raft on one of the Payette Rivers or the Main Salmon River – www.ioga.org

Overnight in Riggins – www.rigginsidaho.com 

Driving Time: Boise to Riggins – approx. 3 hours (295.2 kilometers)

Jet Boating in Hells Canyon; photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

Day 3: Lewiston, Idaho

Spend the day on a Jet boat exploring Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, www.hellscanyonvisitor.com. Additional attractions include:

Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood – www.dogbarkparkinn.com

Nez Perce National Historic Park in Spalding – www.nps.gov/nepe

Overnight in Lewiston

Driving Time: Riggins to Lewiston – approx. 2 hours (187.8 kilometers)

Day 4: Coeur d’Alene/Wallace, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Resort – www.cdaresort.com

Silverwood Theme Park – www.silverwoodthemepark.com

Mountain bike, ride the world’s longest single stage gondola or surf in the indoor water park at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg – www.silvermt.com

Sierra Silver Mine Tour in Wallace – www.silverminetour.org

Bike the Route of the Hiawatha Trail on the Idaho/Montana border – www.ridehiawatha.com

Overnight in Wallace

Driving Time: Lewiston to Coeur d’Alene – approx. 2½ hours (187 kilometers), Coeur d’Alene to Wallace – 

approx. 1 hour (85 kilometers)

Hiawatha Trail; photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

Day 5: Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana

Travel through Twin Falls and along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway to the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and a

Travel to Kalispell/Whitefish and walk in the Tree Tops excursion (one of two in North America) or take a Gondola ride on Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort, www.skiwhitefish.com, http://fcvb.org or www.explorewhitefish.com.

Overnight in Kalispell/Whitefish

Driving Time: Wallace to St Regis then north to Kalispell/Whitefish – approx. 3 hours (254 kilometers)

Day 6&7: Glacier National Park, Montana

Visit and overnight in Glacier National Park, www.glacierparkinc.com. Hiking and guide services are available in the park at: www.glacierguides.com. Also include a whitewater raft trip or golf excursion in the area, www.glaciermt.com.

Driving Time: Kalispell/Whitefish to Glacier National Park – approx. 40 minutes (52.4 kilometers)

Day 8: Butte, Montana

Travel to Butte, www.buttecvb.com. Attractions on the way include:

Bison Range in Moise – www.fws.gov/bisonrange

Lunch in Missoula – www.destinationmissoula.org

Smokejumpers Center – www.fs.fed.us/fire/people/smokejumpers

Berkley Pit in Butte – southwestmt.com

Overnight in Butte

Driving Time: Kalispell to Butte – approx. 4½ hours (410 kilometers)

Day 9: West Yellowstone

Travel from Butte to the West Yellowstone entrance of the Yellowstone National Park. Stop in Virginia City on your way, an old west mining town – www.virginiacitymt.com. For accommodations in and near the park visit www.travelyellowstone.com or www.westyellowstonechamber.com.

Overnight in the Park or in West Yellowstone 

Driving Time: Butte to West Yellowstone – approx. 1½ hours (241 kilometers)

Day 10: Jackson, WY

Take time to enjoy the Grand Teton Mountains while you are traveling through the Grand Teton National Park on your way to Jackson – www.nps.gov. Jackson is best known best for its stunning scenery, clear streams, world-class skiing, abundant wildlife, warm hospitality, elk antler arches, western boardwalks, and more shops and restaurants than a visitor can experience in just one trip.

There are motels and lodges to fit any taste and budget – www.jacksonholechamber.com

Driving Time: West Yellowstone to Jackson – approx. 3½ hours (203.7 kilometers)

Day 11: Sun Valley, ID

Attractions along the way include:

Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg – www.yellowstonebearworld.com

Craters of the Moon – www.nps.gov

Paraglide in Sun Valley – www.flysunvalley.com

Fly fish on the world famous Silver Creek outside Sun Valley – www.visitsunvalley.com

Overnight in Sun Valley

Driving Time: From Jackson to Sun Valley (through Rexburg) – approx. 4½ hours (408 kilometers)

Day 12: Boise, Idaho

Attractions along the way back to Boise include:

Bruneau Dunes State Park – www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Driving Time: Sun Valley to Boise – approx. 3 hours (248 kilometers)