What are the best daytrips from Boise?

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Shelley A. Gable

Idaho has a relatively wild countryside, with hundreds of miles of state parks, mountains and uninhabited wilderness. For a true Idaho adventure beyond Boise’s city limits, drive to a destination that showcases the state’s natural beauty.

Bruneau Dunes State Park, located 64 miles south of Boise, offers visitors the unique experience of climbing up North America’s tallest sand dunes. Surrounded by scenic backcountry byways and wildlife conservation areas, you can scale a visit from an afternoon jaunt to a weekend of camping.

Approximately two hours north of Boise sits the mountain resort town of McCall. The place is truly a favorite destination for hiking, rafting, golfing, skiing — really all things outdoors. But truthfully, the scenic journey along the Payette River to get there is as impressive as the destination itself.

For a shorter drive, visitors can reach Idaho City within an hour of leaving Boise. The historic mining town is a famed destination among ghost town history buffs. You can even unwind in the natural hot springs along the way.

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