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Hells Canyon: Yellow Jet Boat Tour to Kirkwood, Snake River

1. Hells Canyon: Yellow Jet Boat Tour to Kirkwood, Snake River

Board the speed boat at Hells Canyon Creek Visitor Center and Boat Launch, one mile below Hells Canyon Dam on the Oregon side of the Snake River. Set off on a 54-mile round trip through the Wild River Section of the canyon. Expect to see rock walls, desert grasslands, and alpine forests, all on the same trip. Listen to the captain as they regale you with stories about the early Native Americans who inhabited this area and the ranching families that have called Hells Canyon home over the years. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as bald eagles, black bears, deer, and bighorn sheep. Take advantage of the endless photo opportunities and guaranteed memory-making moments. Enjoy a delicious lunch and water or lemonade at Sheep Creek Historic Ranch or Kirkwood Historic Ranch.

Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

2. Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn downtown Boise into a giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest have created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Boise. Be guided through any smart phone. Groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. The adventure begins at the Idaho State Capitol, and continues on to explore historic landmarks, unique city art, the Basque neighborhood and other hidden gems of the city.   Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want, and to determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, or have a Sangria in the Basque Block. Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour and game offers great value to those on a budget. Points of interest include: • State Capitol (free admission) • Freak Alley (free admission) • Anne Frank Memorial (free admission) • Boise Art Museum (stop outside) • The Basque Block (admission ticket not included)

Payette River: Half-Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

3. Payette River: Half-Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

Enjoy a half-day trip to the Payette River, just 30 minutes from downtown Boise and the ideal way to escape the summer heat. The river provides the perfect opportunity for first-time inflatable kayakers or a family looking for a fun whitewater trip to get onto the water. With numerous class II and III rapids, the river has enough action to challenge anyone while still being perfect for young children and inexperienced paddlers. Arrive at Beehive Bend boat launch site where you will find parking and a location to change. Verify all the paperwork then climb into a van and head 10 miles upstream to the launch point. Get kitted out with all of the safety equipment and place your valuables in the dry bag. Then, walk down to the river to watch an entertaining and thorough paddling orientation to prepare you for the whitewater action. When the orientation is over, get into the boats and begin your downstream adventure. Warm up with fun rapids like Whitewater 101 and Whitewater 102 where you will quickly start getting wet and having a good time. Put your paddling skills to the test when you reach the first class III rapids. After Bennett’s Rock, Constriction, Mikes Hole and a few others, find a quiet beach to pull over and setup up our afternoon snack. Enjoy some time to swim and take photos while the guides prepare your refreshing riverside treat. After the break, head back onto the river and try your luck on the largest rapids of the day, Mixmaster and AMF. Both of these rapids are class III adventures and provide a thrilling end to the day. After another mile of beautiful scenery and swimming holes, arrive at the takeout where cars will be waiting to return you to the start point.

Twin Falls: Dierkes Lake Hike & Shoshone Falls Guided Tour

4. Twin Falls: Dierkes Lake Hike & Shoshone Falls Guided Tour

Discover Dierkes Lake, Snake River, and The Hidden Lakes with a guided hike of Shoshone Falls Park, including park entry tickets and transportation to and from your hotel. Learn about the area's unique geology, climb a staircase for stunning views of Snake River Canyon, and marvel at waterfalls. Begin your tour with an air-conditioned SUV ride from your hotel to Shoshone Falls Park. Follow your guide as you hike around Dierkes Lake and learn about the geological formation of Twin Falls. Take a photo of Snake River Canyon and watch for native wildlife before returning to your hotel.

Riggins: Salmon River Full Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

5. Riggins: Salmon River Full Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

Discover the world-famous Salmon River, the longest river in the United States without a dam on it. Join the thousands of people who come to experience the adventure of the incredible class 3 and 4 rapids depending on water levels. Take the opportunity to admire the fantastic scenery of some of the deepest and most beautiful gorges in the country. Start the journey at the local supplier's shop at the north end of Riggins Idaho, the whitewater capital of the state. Here, get geared up and climb into a van for a 20-minute drive upstream. At the launch site, receive a thorough orientation to prepare for the activity before loading in the boats and heading out onto the warm-up rapids. After a morning of great whitewater paddling, surrounded by beautiful canyons, enjoy a BBQ lunch served on the lawn in the shade. After lunch, climb back in the boats and head downstream to continue your whitewater afternoon, filled with the majority of the main rapids for the day. After running a number of exciting rapids and likely getting pretty wet, arrive at the takeout where a van will be waiting to bring everyone back to the shop.

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What people are saying about Idaho

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

We absolutely enjoyed it!

Understanding just how to get started was a bit confusing. Thankful for the crew at GetYourGuide, we were able to get help with the process. The actual activity was fun, mind provoking, helpful in pointing out fun facts and things we might have missed. We enjoyed the experience and would try it again in another area!

Fun and challenging

We had a great time walking and seeing the city. There is a LOT of walking so be prepared. Also, make sure you register online after you pay but before you begin the tour. That part was a bit confusing

Great day rafting. Guides were amazing

We really enjoyed rafting with Orange Torpedo on the Payette River. Guides were great and attentive to everyone’s level. We will definitely try the kayaking next time! Thank you for a great day!

Exploring Boise this way was a wonderful way to discover a new city.

I would definitely do this in another city. Fun way to explore a new place.

It was a blast. I learned a bunch of stuff I never knew before.