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What is the Prettiest Place in Idaho?

Last updated February 29, 2024 by Totally Boise

What is the Prettiest Place in Idaho

From the tippiest-top of the panhandle to the scrub and grassy flatlands, Idaho is by far one of the prettiest and ecologically diverse states in the US. But is one place “prettier” than the other? We’ll answer that question with another question. 

Can humans fly? Is one color better than the other? NO!

In other words, we hope you agree that no specific spot in Idaho is prettier than the other. Instead, each city, habitat, natural feature, etc., is beautiful in its own right! And the best way to see what we are talking about is to get out there for yourself and explore the variety that Idaho offers. This blog is your jumping-off point for where to find some of Idaho's prettiest destinations. Let’s hit the road!

What Are the Prettiest Cities in Idaho?


The capital of Idaho, Boise, is a bustling city center surrounded by hills, deserts, and rivers. It's the perfect place to visit for those who want to enjoy the city and the great outdoors. There's always something fun to do in Boise, and the city's views are stunning, especially from the top of Table Rock.

Idaho Falls

Our second most populated city outside the Treasure Valley, Idaho Falls, is nestled across sprawling hills and farmland. It's a great place for recreation and is a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. 

Running through the center of town is the historic Snake River, with a beautiful waterfall, which can easily be enjoyed from their convenient river walk. 


A popular escape for residents of the Treasure Valley, McCall is a mountain town that's great for outdoor recreation all year round. It's also home to a thriving arts scene, making it a great place to catch a show or visit a gallery. Nearby mountain ranges have no shortage of recreation opportunities.


Some of the best views in Idaho can be found in Stanley, a very small town that's all about recreation. It’s a frequent stopping point for upcoming and popular folk and country musicians. While the Stanley area only has around 100 permanent residents, thousands of tourists will flock to the city from around the globe to see the stunning and unique views, hospitable citizens, and fantastic recreation. 

Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene is a forested resort town known for its great food and drink scene. It's also home to fun activities and a rich history. Taking a tour of the lake in the summer or eagle watching is one of the many highlights of visiting Coeur d'Alene.


Moscow is a picturesque college town that's surrounded by large rolling hills. It's a great place to live and visit, with a strong sense of community. The town is near the Clearwater River, which was used by Lewis & Clark on their trip to discover the West.

White Bird

White Bird is a unique, very small town full of history. It's home to one of the best antique shops in Idaho and offers great access to Hells Canyon and other white waters. It's a charming place for those who want to explore Idaho's history and natural beauty.

Caldwell - Marsing (Sunnyslope Wine Trail)

The Caldwell - Marsing area, or as it’s more commonly known, the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, offers world-class wine country views of the Snake River valley Owyhees mountains. The best way by far to soak it all in is to take a guided wine tour where you can see, smell, touch, and taste southern Idaho for yourself. 

Sun Valley

Sun Valley has a rich history, hosting the first-ever chairlift in the world, and remains a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. In the summer, it transforms into a hub of music, art, film, and recreation. Located on the southern side of the Sawtooth Mountains, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and golfing. And when it's time to relax, they can indulge in the town's excellent dining and shopping options.

Bruneau - Mountain Home

Bruneau and Mountain Home are neighboring towns that may not be on everyone's radar but are definitely worth a visit. Bruneau is known for its impressive sand dunes, which offer a unique and striking landscape to explore. Visitors can hike, sandboard, and even camp among the dunes. Once you’re done at the dunes, head into Mountain Home for some good ole fashioned rural charm, great food, and a growing outdoor art scene. 

What Makes Idaho Pretty To You?

Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city or the serenity of a remote mountain town, you can find it all in Idaho. The jury is still out on which place is the prettiest; you’ll just have to go out and decide for yourself! Be sure to bring us along on your adventures by tagging @totallyboise and #totallyboise on your social posts, and keep discovering more of what makes Boise and beyond so amazing on our blog. We’ll see you out there!

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