To residents of the state and regular visitors, Idaho is regarded as a highly outdoors-oriented community. Central Idaho is home to one of North America's oldest ski resorts, Sun Valley, where the world's first chairlift was installed. Snow sports are important keystones of Idaho's identity, with a ski resort near almost every urban area. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are among the state's major pastimes. Hell's Canyon and the Salmon River boast some of North America's finest whitewater, with the nearby town of Riggins, ID serving as the state's informal whitewater capital.
From world-class resorts to undiscovered municipal gems, Idaho has golf courses that will both challenge and delight. Take the Idaho Golf Trail – a golf vacation package that combines eight of Idaho’s best courses with resort accommodations. Or, if you prefer, blaze a trail of your own.