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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.

Payette River: Half-Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

2. 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.

Coeur d'Alene: City Highlights Segway Tour

3. Coeur d'Alene: City Highlights Segway Tour

Discover the best of what Coeur d'Alene has to offer as you explore the city on a guided Segway tour. Along with your small group, see some of the key landmarks in the area such as McEuen Park, Fort Sherman, Independence Park, and the North Idaho Centennial Trail. Begin with a quick Segway lesson from your guide before setting off. First, head to McEuen Park via Lakeshore and admire the beautiful historic homes and private beaches on the way. At the park, visit the Armed Services Memorial, Law Enforcement Memorial, and the Coeur d'Alene History Mural. Tubbs Hill is located near the Coeur d'Alene Resort and has over 2 miles of hiking trails with picturesque views of the lake. Ride on the Centennial Trail which runs all the way to Spokane Washington. Make a brief stop at the resort which has the world's longest floating boardwalks. From there, head to City Park. Follow the Coeur d'Alene shoreline with its gorgeous views and plentiful beaches, making a brief stop at Independence Point and Fort Sherman. Visit the officer's quarters, magazine room, and the chapel, the oldest building in Coeur d'Alene dating back to 1880. Head back to the meeting point and, on the way, ride through a well-preserved neighborhood that is listed in the National Historical Registry.

Coeur d’Alene: E-Bike Rental

4. Coeur d’Alene: E-Bike Rental

Customize your sightseeing route of Coeur d’Alene and its surroundings by renting an e-bike for an independent journey. Enjoy the feeling of gliding on the pavement as you relax and take in the views without overexerting yourself. See how easy it is to ride this modern type of vehicle. With the advantage of having an electric motor, your e-bike will become the best ally on your adventurous journey through nature. Receive personalized instructions on how to ride, then begin your own journey. Get to know the area and even stop for dinner if you feel like it. The suggested route will bring you along the paved Centennial Trail, going all the way to the state border in Spokane, Washington. Take in the striking lush hills lining the lake and ride around the downtown area, cutting through McEuen Park, City Park, and the Coeur d’Alene Resort. You can also head east around the lake to Higgins Point or take off through the parks and follow the trail along the beautiful Spokane River. Along the way, you can stop at the Riverstone Shopping Center for a nice lunch or a snack.

Twin Falls: Dierkes Lake Hike & Shoshone Falls Guided Tour

5. 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.

From Whitefish: Flathead Lake & Bison Range Guided Tour

6. From Whitefish: Flathead Lake & Bison Range Guided Tour

See Flathead Lake, Bison Range, and stop at Whitefish for lunch. Learn from your guide about how the natural landscape was carved out by ancient glaciers, and about the Flathead Indian Reservation. Enjoy a full-day excursion around Flathead Lake and to the National Bison Range on a private, guided tour. Walk along Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Enjoy various photo stops and viewpoints as you drive around the lake. Next, head to the Bison Range, where the majority of wildlife viewing will take place. Learn about the Native American history of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Your guide will explain how the nature reserve is one of the oldest refuges in the US for bison, home to nearly 500 of them today. See other possible wildlife sightings include elk, eagles, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, and more. After touring the range, enjoy a stop for lunch at one of the many local resting places on your way back to Whitefish. Lunch is not included in the tour, but there will be a stop to purchase lunch on your own.

Riggins: Salmon River Full Day Rafting & Kayaking Trip

7. 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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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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!