If you are planning to save some money, and stay close to home for your vacations this summer, here are some great ideas courtesy of the Idaho Department of Tourism.
World Center for Birds of Prey:
In Boise, the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey has opened a new interpretive trail on the facility grounds. You can walk to a spectacular overlook of the Treasure Valley. A "cool" new travel exhibit called Arctic Wings will be on display through July. The Condor Cliffs exhibit is also open. www.peregrinefund.org
Kelly’s Whitewater Park
Kelly's Whitewater Park is located right along the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho. The park has five water features for kayakers and whitewater lovers. Tubers and rafters of all ages and experience levels are welcome! The park’s welcome center has some pretty neat elements too. It overlooks the river, and has exhibits on Native American settlers, ranching, the railroad, mining, and timber. Fun, and educational too! www.kellyswhitewaterpark.com
There are two zip line companies just a drive away...
Zip Idaho is in Horseshoe Bend! It offers seven zip lines for adventure seekers. Zip Idaho is conveniently located just a half-hour north of Boise on Highway 55. www.zipidaho.com
Located 30 minutes south of McCall, Idaho, Tamarack Canopy Zipline Tour has eight different cables offering varying speed, height, and scenery. The tour is completely guided and guests can reach speeds up to 45mph and heights of 200 feet! (I've been on this one! It's pretty amazing...) www.tamarackzipline.com
New Downtown Hostel:
Do you have people coming to visit, but no room for them at your house? Well, downtown Boise now has a hostel for people visiting Boise on a budget. It's called Idahostel. It's clean and safe, and affordable for friends and relatives coming to town! www.idahostel.com