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Designation: Idaho State Scenic Byway
Fees: Expect to pay fees at the various attractions alon
Length, One-Way: 111 Miles (185.0 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 2 hours, 15 minutes

General Information

Description - Boise has a number of diversions, but perhaps the most popular is the Payette Scenic Byway heading due north on Highway 55. The scenic drive takes you through the Boise and Payette National Forests before arriving high in a long and exceedingly picturesque mountain valley dotted with the resort towns of Cascade, McCall and New Meadows. The Payette River is a prime example of the wet and wild whitewater experience that has made Idaho famous with rafters, canoeists, and kayakers around the world.

Starting in Boise, the Payette River Scenic Byway winds, twists, and crisscrosses its way along this wild river for more than 40 miles on Idaho 55. For motorists, it can be a distracting drive as the river crashes and tumbles its way over the rocks through this narrow river valley. Depending on where you are on the river, it can be a mild ripple or a wild torrents. There are occasional pull-offs where you can view the wilder parts and treat your senses to the sight, sound, smell, and rhythm of Idaho's famous whitewater.

Attractions - The Payette River Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The route begins at the junction of U.S. 95 at the New Meadows and follows SH-55 southerly to a junction with SH-44 in Eagle.

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Additional Information:
Idaho Scenic Byways - Idaho offers close to 20 state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated scenic, historic and backcountry byways. These byways travel through Idaho's diverse geography and lead to historic sites.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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