Idaho City Day Trip Ideas
I was searching online the other day for a fun day trip from Boise where I could see some fall leaves when I realized that the old ghost-town of Idaho City might be the perfect option. It’s only about 45-55 mins from Boise depending on how quick you’re driving and is a fun little activity to do on a weekend.
Idaho City used to actually be the largest city in the Northwest—bigger than Portland. Once you go, that will be super hard to believe, but back in the mining days, this town was hopping! It’s now become half a ghost town and half a working town. The population is only about 450 people and it’s what I would call “podunk Idaho” (no offense to the locals) but I had a blast visiting for the day.
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Here are some fun day trip ideas in Idaho City:
This was honestly the highlight of my time in Idaho City! Just look at that private pool! You definitely need to book ahead (especially in the fall and winter), but you can pick between the private pools or the communal hot springs. They also provide other spa treatments like massages and facials. This time, my boyfriend and I opted for the private pool that you can book for an hour at a time. It costs $45 for the hour and fits up to 4 people. You can also book a day pass to sit in the regular pool for $17 and in both the private and the communal, waiters will bring you drinks and food. My friends recommend the Mediterranean Plate!