Last Updated on May 14, 2024 by Kristin

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While surrounded by mountains and nature activities like hiking and rafting, Idaho’s laid-back capital of Boise is also filled with urban amenities like parks, boutiques, restaurants and galleries. This part of the country is all about wide open spaces and the Great Outdoors, so don’t miss taking a road trip to experience some stunning wildlife and landscapes. Here are the best road trips from Boise.

Fabulous Road Trips from Boise


133 miles / 2 hr. 46 mins.

Outdoors enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a trip to Stanley, a quaint town at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains that provides the perfect mix of nature and small-town charm. With activities including rock climbing, hiking, fishing, rafting and skiing, Stanley is the perfect home base to spend a few days surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes. At night, enjoy the town’s bustling bars and pubs or admire the Milky Way. Blessed with dark skies, Stanley is one of the best places in the country for stargazing.

Craters of the Moon National Monument

170 miles / 2 hr. 54 mins.

For a truly unique outdoor adventure, head east to the Craters of the Moon National Monument to check out some truly otherworldly landscapes shaped by ancient lava flows. The main attraction here are lava tube caves, which visitors can access by way of a short trail. Drivers can also stretch their legs and admire impressive lookout points from a 7-mile loop road.

Park City, Utah

372 miles / 5 hr. 31 mins.

The Utah hub of Park City offers year-round recreational delights in the Wasatch Mountains. You get a charming downtown, great culture, and world-class skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics town. The home of the Sundance Film Festival offers small-town charm along Main Street and Olympic-style fun at the sports park. In the winter, there’s also world-class skiing at resorts such as Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Brighton. >> Recommended hotels in Park City

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

369 miles / 5 hr. 43 mins.

Mountains, wide open spaces, and a Western aesthetic all make Jackson Hole an idyllic all-season getaway. In the winter, you can ski at three resorts—Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King, or Grand Targhee. In warmer months. hike and explore Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge and, about 50 miles away, Yellowstone National Park. You’re never far from Mother Nature. >> Recommended hotels in Jackson Hole

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

388 miles / 5 hr. 46 mins.

One-of-a-kind Yellowstone is well worth a visit for it’s unique blend of geothermal features and wildlife viewing. This nearly 3,500 square-mile park — the oldest in the U.S. — features an unparalleled variety of activities and landscapes. See the Old Faithful geyser erupt, tour the Mammoth Hot Springs complex and enjoy more than 900 miles of hiking trails throughout the expansive, historic park.