A gateway to the Sawtooth mountains, Idaho City is a hidden gem. Once the largest city in the Pacific Northwest during the gold rush, there now remains a rugged western town steeped in mining and logging history. Located about 36 miles northeast of Boise the scenic drive is a treat in any season. See historic structures, shop the antique stores and explore artifacts in the Boise Basin Museum. Indulge at The Springs natural hot springs and spa, and try a sarsaparilla at the local saloon before continuing on to nearby hiking trails and campsites.