Escape to Idaho for the weekend to see magnificent canyons, rugged mountains, and the Idaho Falls. From endless farmlands in Pocatello to the relaxing beaches of Sandpoint, Idaho is home to numerous beautiful cities and towns. Book a stay at an Idaho vacation rental to easily enjoy sightseeing, swimming, and other popular recreational activities. Consider these charming communities in Idaho when making your weekend getaway itinerary.

1. Coeur d’Alene

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Gain access to 55 stunning lakes all within a short drive from your Coeur d’Alene vacation rental. This Idaho city is popular for its water attractions that include boat cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Silverwood Theme Park, complete with more than 70 slides. Enjoy the art scene in this growing city when touring the galleries in the seven-block downtown center. Time your weekend getaway for the summer to see the Art Walk or a performance at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. The Museum of North Idaho also offers tours to enhance your knowledge of the great state of Idaho.

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2. Lewiston

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Settle in for the weekend in a city that radiates an Old West feel. Located at the merging point of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, Lewiston offers wet and wild adventures for the entire family. Spend a Saturday kayaking, tubing, or canoeing with rentals from Tri-State Outfitters, or indulge the thrill seekers when whitewater rafting Hells Canyon. History buffs can explore the area’s gorges and walls of the canyon that feature Native American carvings dating back 2,500 years. The Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum is also a popular attraction in addition to the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History.

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3. Boise

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A vacation rental in Boise puts you right in the heart of a tree-lined lush valley where you can view the Rocky Mountain foothills from your balcony. This university town offers cultural attractions, such as the 8th Street downtown area filled with galleries and specialty shops, including the Rediscovered Bookshop and the Boise Co-op Wine Shop. History buffs enjoy touring the Idaho State Capitol while art enthusiasts flock to the Boise Art Museum and the Egyptian Theatre. Treat the kids to a day at Zoo Boise, or take a leisurely walk through Julia Davis Park when making Boise your vacation destination for the weekend.

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4. Mountain Home

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Just 40 miles from the state capital sits the rural community of Mountain Home, perfect for those wanting some peace and quiet. Spend your weekend outdoors hiking through Bruneau Dunes State Park, which is home to two small lakes and 460 feet of tall sand dunes. Learn more about the early settlers of the area when touring the Mountain Home Historical Museum. Find the perfect lookout point at the Bruneau Canyon Overlook that provides picturesque views of the Bruneau River and surrounding mountains. When hunger strikes, pick up some comfort food at Fatty’z Pizza or the Highway 30 Drive-in.

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5. Pocatello

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You can’t help but smile when visiting this Idaho town that actually has a municipal ordinance that makes it illegal not to smile. This pleasant city founded by gold miners and pioneers in the late 1800s is home to cultural attractions such as the Westside Players Dinner Theatre, the Old Town Actors Studio, and the Palace Playhouse Theatre. After catching an entertaining play, musical, or ballet performance, soak up the history of the area with a tour of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. When taking a weekend getaway in the winter, head to the Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex to slide down the slopes.

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6. Sandpoint

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Relax on the beach with views of massive mountains when making Sandpoint your vacation destination. This vibrant city offers open air space and 111 miles of shoreline for water-filled adventures. Enjoy a fishing excursion on Lake Pend Oreille with Go Fish! Charters or indulge the shoppers with a trip to the Farmer’s Market where you can find handcrafted gifts and fresh produce. The Cedar Street Bridge Public Market attracts art lovers with more than 24 galleries throughout the area. Treat the kids to a day at the Silverwood Theme Park that boasts more than 60 attractions and rides, or immerse yourself in a winter wonderland when the temperatures drop by skiing at the Schweitzer Retreat.

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7. Idaho Falls

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Enjoy the warm hospitality and active nature-themed attractions with a vacation rental in Idaho Falls for the weekend. Located in the Snake River Plain, beneath the Grand Tetons, this community offers scenic views and more than 5 miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails on the Idaho Falls Greenbelt that surrounds the Snake River. Idaho Falls attracts visitors wanting to see the serene landscapes, and the downtown area brings in art enthusiasts in droves with the Willard Arts Center and Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in the heart of the city.

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8. Nampa

Stay in the wine country of Idaho when you book a vacation rental in Nampa. This southwest Idaho city gives you plenty of opportunities to sample your favorite wines at Sawtooth Winery, Skyline Vineyards, or Indian Creek Winery in nearby Kuna. Stop in to see the Oregon Short Line Depot, or browse the art galleries and shops in the historic downtown area. When you want to explore the beauty of the city, head to Celebration Park, which is home to Indian art dating back 12,000 years. Water adventures are waiting for you on Lake Lowell, while the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge gives you and the kids a chance to see exotic animals.

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