The rugged, unspoiled natural areas combined with the energy of its vibrant cities and towns make Idaho the perfect destination for a bachelor party. The majestic mountains, pristine lakes, emerald forests, and raging rivers offer seemingly infinite opportunities for adventurous excursions. On the other hand, the dynamic urban areas are ideal for a night out on the town. Most Idaho vacation rentals are situated in proximity to exciting activities and live entertainment. Here are the most notable bachelor party destinations in Idaho.

1. Bonners Ferry

River running past a rocky shoreline.
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The city of Bonners Ferry lies along the Kootenai River in a lovely valley between mountain ranges at the extreme northern end of the Idaho Panhandle near the Canadian border. At nearby Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge and McArthur Wildlife Management Area, it’s possible to spot awesome animals such as moose, elk, deer, and bears. The city is also close to several scenic waterfalls such as Copper Falls, Myrtle Creek Falls, and Snow Creek Falls. To help you with outdoor excursions, the expert guides at 3 Heart Outfitters offer assistance in planning and equipping river rafting runs, fishing trips, and wilderness horseback rides. If you’re in the mood for some gambling, head for the Kootenai River Casino. Heart Rock Wines and Craft Beers has a tasting room where you can sample a large selection of regional wines and beers. Mugsy’s Tavern and Grill has great food, a friendly atmosphere, and a banquet room you can reserve for your party.

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2. Coeur d’Alene

Ariel view of a large river surrounded by trees and mountains.
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The city of Coeur d’Alene sits on lovely Lake Coeur d’Alene on the western side of the Idaho Panhandle near the border with Washington State. Rent a spacious boat to go fishing and explore the lake at Harrison Pontoon and Rentals. Alternatively, book a cruise boat with music and full bar service for your bachelor party with Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises. If the groom-to-be enjoys golf, head for the award-winning Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. For an adventurous experience, try zip-lining from platform to platform through the Idaho forest at Timberline Adventures. In winter, Silver Mountain Resort offers first-class skiing and snowboarding. Capone’s Pub and Grill is a rousing sports bar with a welcoming atmosphere. The Coeur d’Alene Casino has an immense gaming room and also features live entertainment. Coeur d’Alene Cellars offers tastings of premium Washington State wines along with appropriate food pairings and weekly live concerts.

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3. Lewiston

River running though a cannon
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Located at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers and navigable through a series of locks and dams with the Columbia River, Lewiston, which lies in western Idaho near the Washington State border, is Idaho’s only seaport. Charter a 28-foot jet boat with Borderline River Charters to explore nearby Hell’s Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. If you like, the trip can also include fishing for steelhead, sturgeon, smallmouth bass, and rainbow trout. Hell’s Gate State Park has a great beach that’s perfect for swimming and relaxation. Join Twisted Vine Wine Tours for a tasting excursion to some of the numerous wineries in the Lewis Clark Valley that surrounds Lewiston. The Riverport Brewery and MJ Barleyhoppers both serve samples of the area’s hand-crafted ales. The outdoor patio at Rooster’s Waterfront Restaurant and Bar is a great place to celebrate with good food and drink after your adventurous activities.

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4. McCall

Boats lined up at a dock.
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The resort town of McCall sits on the shore of sapphire-blue Payette Lake surrounded by the verdant Payette National Forest. The lake has several sandy beaches for swimming and relaxing. Mile High Marina offers rentals of ski boats, water skis, tubes, jet skis, and other equipment for fun on the lake. You can also rent a pontoon boat with plenty of space for everyone in your party. For an adventurous thrill, try kayaking, paddle boarding, or river surfing through the rapids at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. In winter, enjoy skiing and snowboarding through the powder-packed runs at Brundage Mountain Ski Resort. Sample local craft beers at the Salmon River Brewery and the Broken Horn Brewing Company. When it’s time to party, head for the Forester’s Club and Doghouse Saloon, which features great drinks, live music, dancing, and private banquet rooms for special occasions.

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5. Boise

Field of wildflowers.

Boise, the state capital, lies along the Boise River in southwestern Idaho. If the groom-to-be loves golf, Boise has numerous courses, including the beautiful Quail Hollow Golf Course in the Boise Foothills. The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area offers skiing and snowboarding in winter and mountain biking in summer. For the perfect excursion, join Boise Brews Cruise for a tour of over a dozen local breweries. Diamond Limousine takes you for a luxurious chauffeur-driven tour of some of the area’s many wineries. Head for the popular Bitter Creek Alehouse to enjoy some rounds of beers in a lively fun atmosphere.

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6. Twin Falls

Bridge over a river.

The city of Twin Falls is in south-central Idaho in the region known as Magic Valley. The Snake River Canyon on the city’s north side has three majestic waterfalls: Pillar Falls, Shoshone Falls, and its namesake, Twin Falls. For a thrill that the groom-to-be is guaranteed to never forget, take him base jumping off the Perrine Bridge into Snake River Canyon with Tandem BASE LLC. Rent some kayaks with AWOL Adventure Sports, and explore the Snake River. Alternatively, 1000 Springs Tours hosts bachelor parties while cruising along the river on a luxurious 52-foot catamaran. The Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, poised at the edge of Snake River Canyon with a magnificent panoramic view, is another great place to have your party. For a less formal setting, quaff some beers together at O’Dunken’s Draught House.

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7. Pocatello

Skier on snow covered mountain.
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Pocatello lies along the scenic Portneuf River in southeastern Idaho. The city has two excellent golf courses: the Riverside Golf Course and the Highland Golf Club. In winter, the Pebble Creek Ski Area offers great skiing and snowboarding, and the East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center has beautiful trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For a lively pub with a variety of craft beers, great food, and live entertainment, head for Portneuf Valley Brewing. Another excellent place to go for drinks and live music is First National Bar.

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