Among the mountainous regions in Idaho, just a few hours north of Boise, lies a vacation paradise for enthusiasts seeking family time in the great outdoors. Family-oriented activities abound in the area, from McCall to Riggins and all the way north toward White Bird. Read on to explore our recommendations for the top vacation getaways in Boise, Idaho—here you’ll find fresh pine breezes, stunning landscapes, exciting excursions, wildlife sightings, and more.


A two-hour drive north from Boise, McCall is home to little inns such as the Shore Lodge or the Tamarack Lodge. You can also stay in your own yurt or VRBO (vacation rental by owner). McCall and nearby Tamarack also have plenty of luxurious spas for relaxing days as well as unique shops and breweries in between.

Outdoorsy folks can rent boats or book evening cruises on beautiful Payette Lake. There’s also plenty of hiking spots in the area and even spaces to ride ATVs!

MacKay Bar

Drive 45 minutes north of McCall and stop in Riggins to pick up a fishing license for your Hells Canyon fishing trip and grab a bite to eat. Another hour north and you’ll find yourself at MacKay Bar on the Salmon River, better known as the “river of no return.” MacKay Bar Outfitters picks up and drops off all guests via jet boat at the Vinegar Creek boat ramp. Head 26 miles upriver to a truly unique getaway, complete with cozy lodging, delicious food, and activities from jet boating to hiking to fishing. Make sure to book your overnight stay a few months in advance, as those trip dates fill up fast!


On your way back from MacKay Bar, rest in Riggins at a motel or VRBO. Riggins, Idaho, is the perfect place to plan your Hells Canyon jet boat tour or guided Hells Canyon fishing trip with River Adventures. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, home to the majestic Snake River as well as historical sites such as Kirkwood Ranch. If you’re visiting Riggins in July or August, after the high mountain snow has melted, visit the Seven Devils Loop. Once you reach the lookout at the very top, you’ll be able to view three states: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

For a magnificent vacation experience in less than a week, travel around Idaho and take advantage of all the adventures it has to offer. River Adventures will guide you along the rivers and around the canyon, but explore all these top vacation getaways in Boise, Idaho, while you’re at it!