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Idaho is not just about farmland to grow “famous potatoes.” In fact, Idaho is a mountainous state which covers two times zones. It crosses from Canada, to Nevada and the western region of the Continental divide in the Rocky Mountains. The panhandle has deep green lush hillsides and pristine lakes, while central Idaho is covered with jagged peaks.

Through Southern Idaho runs the Snake River Plain with open vistas and vibrant cities. Today, many cities and small towns are considered cosmopolitan in nature with Boise being the capital and main hub for the state. Abundant outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic vistas around every turn attract over 20 million tourists annually. If you are searching for a place to buy a second home or vacation property, this hidden gem of a state presents itself as a beautiful option. Here are some of the top locations in Idaho for your vacation home.


This resort town, located in the central part of Idaho is a popular destination for a second home or vacation property which attracts the wealthy and famous. You can claim to be a neighbor of celebrities like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and many more Hollywood stars if you own a vacation home in Sun Valley. It’s not just celebrities, but also C-Suite level executives from the East or West coast that like to fly in and out on private jet. Sun Valley is an upscale community with plenty of exciting things to do. Sun Valley is famous all over the world for its incredible resort as well as its fantastic powder skiing. If skiing is not your thing, then Sun Valley offers an incredible array of hunting and fishing if you dare to explore its wilderness.

Sun Valley is included in the larger Wood River Valley, and it is near Ketchum city. It lies at an elevation of more than 5300 feet. If you choose Sun Valley as the destination for your vacation home, you can also enjoy the majority of your year exploring the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.


McCall is a beautiful resort town in Valley County. It is situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake which is a part of Payette National Forest. This former logging community is today a thriving resort town with a population of nearly 2500 people. McCall receives a high amount of snowfall, and it is famous for its winter carnival that attracts tourists from all parts of the country. McCall is located at an elevation of more than 5000 feet above sea level, and it provides incredible opportunities to indulge in exciting outdoor activities. McCall is well known for its alpine skiing, the center of which is its famous “Little Ski Hill.” Brundidge Mountain, lying to the northwest of McCall is another popular skiing destination that receives more than 300 inches of snowfall every year. If you are fond of skiing or winter activities in general, then McCall will feel like a haven to you.

Payette Lake is adored by many for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters for fishing and boating. People often invest in a second home to enjoy the summers at their lakefront property. Being a part of the Payette National Forest, you also get opportunities for hiking and spotting wildlife in McCall.


Island Park, is a beautiful city in Fremont County. Even though it is called a city, it has a population of just 285 and an area of only 6 sq miles. It is located at an elevation of more than 6000 feet, making it the highest city in Idaho. Now, this is where it gets interesting. How can such a small town with minimal residents be appealing to buy a second home or vacation property? Well, Island Park and the surrounding areas of Big Springs, Two Top Mountain, and Harriman State Park are located near the West Entrance of Yellowstone. Based on convenience to Yellowstone and situated in an incredible part of Idaho can command high nightly rental rates much of the year.

Snake River passes through Island Park. It provides terrific opportunities for fly fishing and beautiful trails that can be used for hiking in summers and snowmobiling in the winter season. Island Park may not offer as much as other small towns in Idaho, but what it lacks in skiing it makes up based on its location to one of the most beautiful Federally protected parks in the United States.


Coeur d’Alene is a stunning lake town in northwest Idaho. This city is famous for its summer water sports that are organized in Coeur d’Alene Lake. It is referred to as simply CDA. CDA is near several skiing areas such as Silver Mountain Resort, Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.

There is also Silverwood Theme Park, the largest water park in the entire Northwest, only 20 miles to the north. If you are fond of hiking, there are many exciting trails in the nearby Canfield Mountain Natural Area. Coeur d’Alene is similar to many other Rocky Mountain lake towns in which life revolves around recreation, fresh air, a great central village atmosphere and polite residents who enjoy the location they live.

It is a city where dozens of cultural events, fairs, and competitions are organized every year. Buying a second home in Coeur d’Alene will never provide a dull moment.

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