"Idaho is one of the most underrated states in the US, with some of the country's most stunning wilderness, most spectacular nature, fascinating history and welcoming locals - but get there now before the secret's out."
Discover Montpelier city
Our Idaho holidays will take you on a journey to beautiful Bear Lake Valley and the historic town of Montpelier. Set on the route of the famous Oregon Trail, this little town was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1863, and we’ll dive into this incredible history, from the Old West bank once robbed by Butch Cassidy to the covered wagon-themed restaurant.
Visit the Oregon Trail Center
You’ll follow in the footsteps of thousands of pioneers who took on the Oregon Trail in the 1850s when we visit this incredible center. It’s one of the best places in Idaho to really get to know this unique part of American history, with interactive displays including a real wagon train experience with live actors, and the chance to ride in a classic covered wagon.
Drive through the scenic Idaho roads
Ernest Hemingway once said, “A lot of state, this Idaho, that I didn't know about.”, and you’re in for a stunning surprise when we take you through the Idaho’s diverse landscapes and beautiful byways. With lush green hills, rugged mountains, glittering lakes and golden farmlands, you’ll know all about the state’s treasures after an Idaho tour with Trafalgar.
Our top 3 things to do in Idaho
When you travel Idaho with Trafalgar, we’ll show you all the best things to do in Idaho, from the famous Oregon Trail to the historic city of Montpelier.
Museum of Idaho
From a life-size Columbian mammoth replica to the world’s first snowmobiles, this museum is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Idaho. It’s dedicated to the state’s natural and cultural history, with amazing exhibits like rare artifacts from Charles Darwin’s life, a walkthrough street of a 19th-century frontier town, and even haunted history tours after dark.
Idaho Museum of Natural History
With over half a million specimens in collection, this museum is the place to go to discover the natural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West. You can see incredible skeletons, fossils, minerals and artifacts from the Ice Age, and you can even compare your skull to over 100 other animals like dinosaurs, whales, sharks and crocodiles.
Boise Art Museum
Located in the capital of Idaho, this art museum features a superb collection of 20th-century realism and contemporary ceramics from Idaho artists to international pieces. You’ll also discover the largest collection of works from famed Idaho artist James Charles Castle, and there’s even a beautiful sculpture garden to explore.
Best museums in Idaho
If you can tear your eyes away from the mountain ranges, you’ll discover some of the best Idaho attractions are its museums, from superb art collections to prehistoric treasures.
As a hub for Basque culture, with Basque schools, festivals and the only Basque museum in North America, you’ll find some of the country’s best Basque cuisine in Idaho. Originating from Basque immigrants of the mid-1800s, you’ll fall in love with the delicious dishes like lamb stews, croquetas, codfish and custard-filled cake.
If you can handle the heat, you’ve got to try the famous habanero pizza, served up by the Flying Pie Pizzeria, an Idaho institution in Boise. Every year, from June to September, they dish up these pizzas that are so eye-wateringly spicy, you have to sign a waiver to take them off the premises. We say give this traditional Idaho challenge a go - if you dare!
This dessert wine is one of the rarest and trickiest wines to pull off, made with grapes that are hand-picked and pressed while still frozen - but you can find some of the world’s best, award-winning ice wines in Idaho. The wine is incredibly sweet and pairs perfectly with a good cheese platter, and you have to try some of this liquid gold on your Idaho holiday.
Best food in Idaho
Your Idaho travel guide will show you all the best places to try the most beloved dishes in Idaho, from traditional Basque cuisine to fine ice wine.
What to pack for Idaho
There’s nothing better than putting on your headphones and the perfect playlist, as you kick back and cruise along the scenic byways and country roads of Idaho.
With so many museums, monuments and gorgeous landscapes to explore, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes on your Idaho tour.
From water bottles, snacks and sunscreen, to souvenirs and gifts, a day bag will carry everything you need on your Idaho adventures.
Whether you’re snapping some memorable photos or following maps on your phone, a portable charger will help all your devices stay connected on your Idaho vacation.
You’ll be heading to a dryer, higher altitude when in Idaho, so remember to keep a water bottle handy and stay hydrated on your trip.