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Idaho Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in Idaho are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 20 minutes
  • 15 miles (24 km)

This spectacular lake is nearly 20 miles long, from four to eight miles wide, and reaches a depth of 208 feet. Half of the lake is in Utah and half in Idaho. Utah's half has Rendezvous Beach State Park on the south end, just past the rest stop; Bear Lake Marina State Park on the west side of the lak...

  • Allow 1.5 hours.
  • 49 miles (78 km)

Forming a 49-mile "necklace" around the Albion Mountain Range, the City of Rocks Back Country Byway traverses historically significant rural landscapes that preserve numerous unique attributes of Western development. The City of Rocks area's historic and geological values, pristine scenic beauty, a...

  • 57 miles (91 km)

The route to Elk River, from either direction, can be characterized as an all natural, no frills, individualistic and unpretentious pathway through rural North Central Idaho. It is a 57 mile route to adventure, fun and relaxation for travelers.

  • Allow 2 hours
  • 81 miles (130 km)

See the first white settlement marked by the Fort Henry Monument, from which this byway gets its name. A new monument now replaces the old one at the original site. The old monument relocated in an adjoining field can be viewed from the original site. This route trails along BLM land, desert and mou...

  • Allow 2.5 hours round trip
  • 42.5 miles (68 km)

Rich in scenery, history, and wildlife, the route along Idaho 11begins in Greer at the junction of US 12 with an easy climb up theGreer Grade, providing a breathtaking, panoramic view of theClearwater Valley. At the crest of the mountain lie the beautifulrolling fields of grains and grasses cultivat...

  • Allow 45 minutes each way.
  • 22 miles (35 km)

The Hells Canyon Scenic Byway winds its way along the east side of this massive rift that separates Idaho from its neighbor, Oregon. While the view from the road is breathtaking, a guided float trip or jetboat tour is a must. Towering cliffs of black and green basalt hang so high above the Snake Riv...

  • Eight to ten hours to drive entire Byway (including ferry ride and U.S.-Canadian border crossings)
  • 166 miles (267 km)

Picture yourself in a place of forested hillsides, sparkling waterfalls, and charming small towns. Snowcapped-craggy peaks glint in the morning sun as you follow a path that encircles the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains. There's no need to imagine it; you can experience it for yourself on the Inter...

  • Hour and a half
  • 90 miles
  • Paved

This drive could hardly fit "scenic" better, considering where it winds. The east shore of the Coeur d'Alene Lake spreads out along the road, then the rolls of the Coeur d'Alene Valley surround, and then up the Fourth of July summit you go, and back down into town.

  • 1-1.5 hours
  • 35 miles

Drive along the lake and watch for osprey and bald eagles.

  • Allow 2 hours.
  • 67 miles (107 km)

In the very northwest corner of Montana and into British Columbia lies the 93-mile long Lake Koocanusa in the state's famous Kootenai National Forest. Created for travelers, Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway provides easy access to a variety of recreation, nature appreciation, and sightseeing opportuniti...

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