Christian Stan, at 20 May. 22, in News

Over the past two years, several airlines have announced new direct flights between Idaho and major cities around the country, making it quicker and easier for travelers to experience the beauty, flavors and outdoor adventure of the Gem State.

Here are the newest flights taking off to Idaho: 

  • Atlanta (ATL) to Boise (BOI) – Daily service provided by Delta
  • Atlanta (ATL) to Spokane (GEG) – Daily service provided by Delta
  • (GEG, just 30 minutes west of the Idaho-Washington border, services northern Idaho)
  • Austin (AUS) to Boise (BOI) – Daily service provided by Alaska
  • Chicago (ORD) to Boise (BOI) – Daily service provided by Alaska
  • Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Idaho Falls (IDA) – Daily service provided by American
  • Denver (DEN) to Lewiston (LWS) – Daily service provided by United
  • Hollywood Burbank (BUR) to Boise (BOI) – Weekly service provided by Avelo, starting May 2022
  • Las Vegas (LAS) to Boise (BOI) – Daily service provided by Spirit, starting August 2022
  • Phoenix (AZA) to Idaho Falls (IDA) – Daily service provided by American
  • Seattle (SEA) to Idaho Falls (IDA) – Daily service provided by Alaska

New Lodging Properties

Humbird, a 31-room boutique property at Schweitzer (the largest ski resort in Idaho), will be open for its first summer season in 2022. The property represents a real evolution in the lodging scene in northern Idaho.

In Cascade, Palooza Basecamp, which opened late winter 2022, offers nine modern rooms in a renovated 1940s building, just above the related restaurant/bar—Palooza—serving lunch and dinner with a side of axe throwing.

Colter’s Creek Winery has been making award-winning wines with grapes grown in the Lewis-Clark Valley since 2007. In 2021, the winery opened The Hattabaugh Hotel located above its tasting room in downtown Moscow. The hotel’s four luxe rooms are comfortably stocked with locally sourced, eco-friendly items. In summer 2022, the winery will welcome the Guest House at the Vineyard to its lodging options.

The Monarch Motel, an intimate and locally owned boutique property in Moscow, unveils its latest renovation—a Northwest-meets-West-Elm-vibe—in 2022.

Idaho’s Scenic Byways: The Perfect Customizable Road Trip

Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway blends rural tranquility with unexpected luxury. Sample exceptional wines from the vineyards along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, stretch your legs on a trail at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and trace the petroglyphs carved by hunter-gatherers at Map Rock.

Discover pristine wilderness and photo-worthy landscapes along the Payette River Scenic Byway before tucking into the cozy mountain town of McCall for fun on Payette Lake, hiking or biking in Payette National Forest or exploring downtown.

Explore the southern edge of Idaho on the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway. This route wraps around two geographic stunners—City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park—complete with towering granite domes world-renowned for rock climbing as well as historic trails and emigrant markings along the California Trail.

Take the Salmon River Scenic Byway to the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park for highlights of Idaho’s frontier-mining history and ghost towns to learn the story of early inhabitants.

Sawtooth Scenic Byway weaves through the forest, transporting you to dramatic views and pristine outdoor recreation in the Sawtooth Mountains, Redfish Lake and Stanley before taking you to Sun Valley and Ketchum for world-class skiing and mountain-town charm.

Thousand Springs Scenic Byway is aptly named for all the water you’ll encounter along the route—from stunning Shoshone Falls and Blue Heart Springs to the impressive Snake River canyon. Other must-dos include exploring Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and Thousand Springs State Park.

Follow the frontier path of Western Heritage Historic Byway for a glimpse of Idaho’s rich mining and homesteading history. Trace historical rock carvings at Celebration Park, Idaho’s only archaeological park, or watch the power and grace of raptors at Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

Pack in big adventure and stunning sights all along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. North America’s deepest gorge is a source of breathtaking views, historic homesteads and pictographs and petroglyphs etched into the canyon walls by early Native American settlements.

For a road trip like no other, travel Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway, which takes you along the caves, cinder cones and vast lava flows of Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve and on to Idaho’s tallest peak, Mount Borah.

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