With diverse landscapes such as the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, the Snake River Plain, and numerous valleys and rivers, Idaho offers a diverse variety of beautiful backdrops for a picturesque babymoon getaway. When you stay at one of many cozy Idaho vacation rentals, you can easily enjoy countless opportunities for sightseeing tours, fine dining, spa visits, and outdoor recreation. Here are the most noteworthy babymoon vacation destinations in Idaho.
1. Coeur d’Alene
The beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene sits on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene on the Idaho Panhandle in the northwest portion of the state near the border with Washington State. Rent a pontoon boat from Harrison Pontoons and Rentals, and explore the gorgeous sapphire-blue lake. Alternatively, tour the lake on an air-conditioned, fully catered cruise ship with Coeur d’Alene Cruises. The Museum of North Idaho has fascinating displays that highlight the history of the steamboats, railroads, logging, recreation, and Native Americans in the Coeur d’Alene area. The amazing work of local artists is showcased in venues such as the Art Spirit Gallery, Cisco’s Gallery, and the Coeur d’Alene Galleries. Head for the luxurious Zi Spa to enjoy a relaxing pregnancy massage. For a unique fine-dining experience, savor lemon butter linguini at the Cedars Floating Restaurant at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River.
Lewiston lies on the western edge of the lower Idaho Panhandle at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. Because of a series of locks and dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, ocean-going vessels are able to reach the city, and it functions as a seaport. Take a stroll around beautiful historic downtown Lewiston, and shop for antiques, artwork, jewelry, souvenirs, and other items. Stop in at the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum to learn the fascinating history of the region. Nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park has a museum that focuses on the history and customs of the local Nez Perce Native American Tribe. The displays at Lewis and Clark Discovery Center at Hell’s Gate State Park commemorate the courageous pioneering expedition across the continent. When you’re hungry, have some delicious prime rib or steak at the Main Street Grill.
Located in southwestern Idaho near the Oregon Border, the beautiful and dynamic city of Nampa offers a variety of recreational activities and relaxation opportunities for babymoon getaways. Historic downtown Nampa has Idaho’s largest concentration of antique shops, including Village Antiques, a vast two-story mall displaying furniture, glassware, pottery, jewelry, and many other collectibles. The Nampa downtown area also hosts the Nampa Train Depot and its intriguing museum run by the Canyon County Historical Society. Shop for fresh produce and local handicrafts at the Nampa Farmers Market. On the west side of town is the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses pristine Lake Lowell and some islands in the Snake River. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the lakeside trails, and stop on the shore for relaxing swimming and sunbathing. For some fine dining in a hospitable atmosphere, try the downtown Brick 29 Bistro.
4. Twin Falls
The city of Twin Falls lies in south-central Idaho near the Snake River Canyon. Three scenic waterfalls are just a short distance from town: Pillar Falls; the city’s namesake, Twin Falls; and Shoshone Falls, renowned as the Niagara of the West. Shoshone Falls State Park on the south side of the Snake River, which includes an overlook point, a swimming area, and walking paths, is a great place for a leisurely stroll and a picnic. Take a scenic cruise of the Snake River aboard a 52-foot catamaran cruiser called the River’s Mist with 1000 Spring Tours out of nearby Hagerman. Visit Miracle Hot Springs just west of town to soak in hot geothermal pools and enjoy a wonderful massage. Feast on a sumptuous meal with a spectacular panoramic view of the Snake River Canyon at Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center.
Located in southeast Idaho amidst beautiful hills and rivers, the city of Pocatello offers unique cultural and recreational opportunities. Stroll through Old Town Pocatello, and browse through the antique shops, art galleries, and jewelry stores. Visit the Fort Hall Replica at Frontier Town, which includes a bank, saloon, courthouse, schoolhouse, and other buildings from the 19th century Old West. Go next door to Zoo Idaho, and view animals indigenous to the Idaho region, such as bison, bears, deer, elk, and pronghorn antelopes. The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University has fascinating displays on the area’s Native American and Pioneer history, paleontology, geology, and ecology. Another unique and interesting museum in Pocatello is the Museum of Clean, which features over 6,000 historical artifacts related to cleanliness. When you’re hungry, the Bridge Restaurant near downtown serves great filet mignon, lamb skewers, and pork chops.
6. Idaho Falls
The city of Idaho Falls lies along the spectacular Snake River in eastern Idaho. The River Walk, also known as the Green Belt, provides an ideal place for romantic walks in a scenic setting. Don’t miss the immense Museum of Idaho, which includes such diverse exhibits as a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, artifacts from the Titanic, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Egyptian mummies. The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho showcases the works of artists from the state. Idaho Falls is also a gateway to the incomparable landscapes and wildlife at nearby Yellowstone National Park. When you have the urge to shop, head to the vast Grand Teton Mall, where your choices are endless. When you’re hungry, try some great cuisine from south of the border at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant.
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