There are 31 different officially-designated scenic byways in the state of Idaho. You can find out more about each of them by visiting the Idaho's Scenic Byways website, which features interactive road maps. You can click on each highlighted byway to learn the details of that scenic drive, including location, length, road description, services, and points of interest.
Located a few miles off of I-90 just on the east side of Cascades, Suncadia Resort is easy to get to, yet feels worlds away. The grand and gracious lodge, overlooking the Cle Elum River and the forested mountains, provides a wonderful setting for rest and relaxation. Yet you don't have to go far to enjoy outdoor fun. Suncadia Resort boasts 2 golf courses, miles of paved trails, and a well-equipped Swim & Fitness Center complete with indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, exercises rooms and fitness equipment. Kids will enjoy paddling around the little Village Lake located adjacent to the center. I spent a couple of nights at Suncadia Resort and was particularly impressed by the Glade Spring Spa, which I recommend highly to spa aficionados. To learn more about the kind of getaway you can enjoy at this conveniently-located mountain community, read my review of Suncadia Resort.
Ashland is home to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which runs from mid-February to October every year. In addition to the festival's Tony-award-winning productions, visitors will enjoy the art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants found in this mountain hamlet. Nearby mountains, rivers, and lakes provide year-round recreation, including white water rafting, hiking, fishing, and skiing. The variety of fun things to do makes Ashland the ideal choice for a getaway that is both physically and mentally stimulating.
The Eastern Washington cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco - the Tri-Cities - offer many opportunities to have fun. If you love spending time outside, you can enjoy such outdoor recreation as golfing, biking, and boating. Other popular Tri-Cities attractions include tasting wine and learning about regional history.
When you visit Anchorage you'll find many fun activities and attractions to check out. Sightseeing, whether by tour, cruise, or on foot, is always popular. You'll also find great history and culture museums, where you can learn about everything from Alaska's First Peoples to whales and wildlife. Other popular Anchorage attractions include the Anchorage Zoo and the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
Charming and historic Baker City is packed with interesting stories. During your visit you can learn more about the city's gold rush glory days, or look farther back to the location's Oregon Trail days. The mountain and forest scenery surrounding Baker City provides opportunities for scenic driving tours and outdoor recreation. Baker City visitors can enjoy a variety of interesting attractions - be sure to stop by the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Whitefish, Montana, is easy to reach, yet far away from the stress and bother of everyday work life. Located in Montana's gorgeous Flathead Valley, just a short drive away from Glacier National Park, the relaxed mountain town of Whitefish makes a great base for an adventure-filled Montana vacation. Whether summer or winter, you'll be able to pick from a long list of exciting outdoor activities. To help you choose from all the fun, I've put together a detailed Whitefish Trip Planner.
You won't have any problem finding something fun to do in Helena, Montana's capital city. Whether you're interested in outdoor activities, historic attractions, or arts and culture, Helena has a lot to offer. The highlights include Montana's Museum, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Mount Helena City Park. I've also included a list of fun things to do that are within a short drive of Helena.
I definitely recommend Astoria as a fun place to explore with friends and family. With fascinating history, wonderful food and drink, and awesome scenery, Astoria is great for a girlfriends getaway, a romantic weekend, or a family vacation. Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, this small town offers a range of visitor accommodations, from a posh waterfront inn to an historic boutique hotel to budget-friendly accommodations. Here are my recommendations for hotels and lodging in Astoria, Oregon.
Walla Walla is emerging as one of the Northwest's premiere wine regions. Walla Walla wines, predominantly bold reds, are highly acclaimed. Wine tasting and touring is a popular activity that brings many visitors to Walla Walla. But there's so much more to do once you're there! Walla Walla plays an important role in the history of the region, which you'll come to appreciate even more by visiting the town's major historical attractions. Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Fort Walla Walla Museum both provide interesting exhibits along with the opportunity to spend time in the scenic outdoors. Other Walla Walla activities and attractions include theatre and music, annual festivals, and outdoor recreation.