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The Counties of Idaho

Ada, Adams

Bannock, Bear Lake, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Butte

Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer


Franklin, Fremont

Gem, Gooding


Jefferson, Jerome


Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln

Madison, Minidoka

Nez Perce

Oneida, Owyhee

Payette, Power


Teton, Twin Falls



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Regional Areas of Idaho*

Regional Index:

North North Central Eastern Central
South Western South Central South Eastern

North Idaho

This area is known as the land of many lakes. A real outdoors place with recreational areas prevalent in all parts. See Moose, canoeists, lumber mills, trout and salmon streams, and much, much more. Lake Coeur d'Alene is known as one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world! Here you will also find the largest population of Osprey in the Western US.

A little history for you - 1884: Silver discovered in the Coeur d'Alene area, becoming the nation's richest mining district.

Some communities in this area are:

Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Priest River, Post Falls, Coeur D'Alene, Kellogg, Wallace, Plummer, and St. Maries

For more information on the North Idaho region, contact:
North Idaho Travel Committee
P.O. Box 850
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
Phone: 208-664-3194

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North Central Idaho

Lewis & Clark named this area "Paradise" and it remains much the same today as it was when those first non-Indian visitors came to North Central Idaho. There is lots of Whitewater along numerous rivers - Salmon, Snake, Clearwater! The lofty Seven Devils Mountain Range overlooks four states! Hells Canyon gives us deep canyons. There is diversity in all of North Central Idaho. Here are found several "wilderness" areas including: The Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Gospel Hump Wilderness. You can follow the route of Lewis and Clark along the Lochsa River and Highway 12.

Some communities in this area are:

Elk City, Grangeville, Headquarters, Kamiah, Kooskia, Lewiston, Lowell, Moscow, Pierce, Riggins, Spaulding, Weippe

For more information for the North Central Idaho area, please contact:
North Central Idaho Travel Committee
Box 8011
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone: 208-882-3581

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Southwestern Idaho

The State Capital, Boise, is located is this area of Idaho. The capital is near the Boise River and offers many different types of recreation as does the entire area. From farm valleys with corn, mint and alfalfa to lofty mountain peaks, you can find whatever you are seeking in southwestern Idaho. In the southern portion is mountain desert with America's tallest sand dunes, canyons and Indian rock drawings. Further north you'll find forest, whitewater and mountain lakes with all their outdoor activities. During the winter there are opportunities for all the winter sports, including snowmobiling. During the summer, rodeos, races, fairs, fiddler's contests and much, much more may be found.

Some communities in this area are:

Boise, New Meadows, McCall, Council, Cambridge, Cascade, Weiser, Payette, Emmett, Horseshoe Bend, Garden Valley, Idaho City, Nampa, Caldwell, Murphy, Silver City, Bruneau, Glenns Ferry, Pine, Featherville, New Plymouth, Fruitland

For more information on the Southwestern area of Idaho, please contact:
Southwestern Idaho Travel Association
P.O. Box 2106
Boise, Idaho 83701
Toll-free: 1-800-635-5240
In Idaho: 344-7777

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South Central Idaho

Try South Central Idaho for a scenic wonderland - find spectacular canyons, lush fields and meadows, cool rivers, cascading waterfalls and underground aquifers spewing out of canyon walls. You will be able to see massive rock monoliths over 60 stories high, fish to your heart's content, relax in natural hot springs or follow the Snake River in various ways, including rafting. You'll want to spend your whole vacation right here!

Some communities in South Central Idaho are:
Shoshone, Hagerman, Buhl, Hollister, Twin Falls, Hansen, Jerome, Oakley, Burley, Rupert, Minidoka

For more information about South Central Idaho, please contact:
South Central Idaho Travel Committee
Box 1844
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
Toll-free: 1-800-255-8946

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South Eastern Idaho

This is the "old Wild West." Ruts from the Oregon Trail Wagons may still be seen today. You can relive pioneer days in replicas of forts and villages. You can see geysers, natural hot springs, caves with fossils or ice lakes, year-round outdoor recreation, the Idaho portion of the massive Bear Lake and much more. Out here, there's lots of room to breathe!

Some communities in South Eastern Idaho are:

Pocatello, Blackfoot, American Falls, Malad City, Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, Grace, Preston, Franklin, Paris, Montpelier

Learn more about South Eastern Idaho by contacting:
Southeastern Idaho Travel Council
c/o Lava Hot Springs Foundation
P.O. Box 668
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho 83246
Toll-free: 1-800-423-8597
In Idaho: 208-776-5273

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Eastern Idaho

This uncrowded area is waiting to be discovered. Visit the snow-capped peaks of the Grand Tetons, with vast forests, towering pines, colorful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls and wild rivers. The area abounds in wildlife with bald eagles, elk, moose and Trumpeter swans. The world's first nuclear power plant is found here just west of Idaho Falls near Arco. Arco was the first city in the world to be lighted from electricity generated by nuclear power. Among all this remoteness, rises Idaho's third largest city, Idaho Falls, with its scenic waterfall along the Snake River. The city is one of Idaho's most beautiful.

Some communities in Eastern Idaho are:
Idaho Falls, Island Park, Dubois, St. Anthony, Rexburg, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley

For more information on Eastern Idaho, please contact:

Eastern Idaho Travel Committee
Box 498
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
Outside Idaho: 800-634-3246
Inside Idaho: 208-523-1010

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Central Idaho

Find the world-renowned Sun Valley in this part of Idaho. Visit "America's Alps and Mt. Borah, the highest point in the state at 12,662 feet above sea level. Put this all together and it spells great winter sports and invigorating summers. Float down the "River of No Return." Try navigating the disappearing rivers or discover the Craters of the Moon. Come enjoy an area that's out of this world! See the fault resulting from the large 7.3 1983 earthquake near the base of Mt. Borah. The peak rose up 2 feet and the valley around the mountain dropped 5 feet!

Some communities in Central Idaho are:
Salmon, Challis, Stanley, Mackay, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Fairfield, Carey, Arco

For more information about Central Idaho, please contact:
Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce
Toll-free: 800-634-3347 or 800-726-3423

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