1. Sawtooth Mountains
2. Twin Falls
5. Coeur d'Alene
Craters Of The Moon
Craters Of The Moon National Park is an ocean of lava tubes and lava fields which you can pretty freely explore. You can even disappear into the lava tubes and caves on your own. It’s quite beautiful. The park is located about 220 miles (4.5 hours) from both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
Amazing outdoor hot springs along the river. A relatively short hike through the forest takes you to several pools. Nice place to spend a couple hours and relax or just for a dip. Less crowded in the morning. Also check out lesser known Weir Creek Hot Springs just up the road. Short hike to a couple pools overlooking the river below. Clothing optional apparently. Beautiful drive along route 12. Most accessible from Missoula, Montana, not far over the state line.
Apline to Palisades
This just happened to be the route I took, no particular reason. However, the drive from Alpine to Palisades was gorgeous past a huge lake and mountains. Looked like it would be a nice recreation, camping, or hangout area. Pretty remote, although off a major highway, but I didn’t see any people around the lake. If you’re planning a route through Idaho, I would recommend driving through this way. Along the route is Idaho Falls and Red Rock Pass are two noteworthy stops if you need a break. Just outside Craters of the Moon on the way down to Utah.
Lava Hot Springs
Low key, more local feel hot springs. There are several hot springs pools in the town and just a few restaurants. I found it to be a little underwhelming. Only if it’s along your route would it be worth stopping by for a dip. Nearby Lost Trail and Downata Hot Springs are good lodging options for camping or a room.
- Cracked Windshield. Apparently in Idaho due to the wind, number of trucks, or maybe dumb luck, I managed to have my windshield cracked twice while on the road in Idaho at two different places. I actually keep a windshield repair kit from Walmart in the car, as this happened a couple years ago on a road trip. So I fixed the first crack, drove about 30 minutes and it happened again! My advice is to pay attention if you start hearing rocks crackling up against your windshield and back off of the car in front of you. This goes especially for large trailers, trucks hauling stuff, or pickup trucks.