Shafer Butteis just a half hour drive out of Boise, up a little curvy mountain two-lane highway. Once you get to the Bogus Basin parking lot, you keep going up a dirt road. Seems like a lot of work for the pay off, but it’s totally worth it. From the trails at Shafer Butte, you can see the entire Treasure Valley, including Boise. Look north or east and you’ll see the endless mountains of Idaho. A great place for a picnic, campout, or a mountain meadow proposal.
Shoshone Falls is called the Niagara of the west, so that alone automatically qualifies it as romantic. Even without the nickname, Shoshone Falls is quintessentially romantic. Just outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, Shoshone rushes over the rocky canyons of the Snake River, eddying and swirling over boulders and crevices. You can view the falls from overlooks at the grassy park area above the falls or you can take a guided boat tour on the river and view the falls from below.
Galena Summit is the highest point along the highway between Stanley and Ketchum, Idaho. In the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, Galena Summit sits at about 8,000 feet. From the overlook on the highway, you look out over the vast expanse of mountains and valleys that dominates this part of the state.
Mesa Fallsin eastern Idaho is comprised of two waterfalls about a mile apart—Upper Mesa and Lower Mesa Falls. The upper falls has paved hiking trails that meander from the visitor center down to the falls. Several stopping points along the way give you different views of the falls from above and below. The lower falls can be viewed from an overlook near the highway or by a longer hike down closer to the falls. While Mesa Falls aren’t huge, they are beautiful, and if you love waterfalls, you must add these to your list.
Lake Pend Oreillein north Idaho doesn’t have just one view. It’s an enormous lake, with astounding views from any angle. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to see the whole lake at once. You can sit on the beach in Sandpoint and look out over the lake. You can eat at the Floating Restaurant and enjoy the sunset over the lake. You can camp or rent a house along the lakeshore, where you will get spectacular views. Or you can take a boat out into the lake and observe the stunning sight of the mountains reaching right down into the lake.