This weeks Vacation Spotlight is all about “up North.” The part of Idaho thats not quite part of Canada. There are several amazing towns up near the border that are often missed by the major “Vacation Experts” that are worth the stop! While not necessarily warranting a full fledged vacation (unless you want to hit up the spa at the Kootenai Casino and go visit the outdoors once or twice) these little towns in Idaho are a serious MUST SEE for anyone who loves the outdoors! First on our list has to be Moyie Springs! Hidden off the highway from Bonners Ferry, this little gem features a tiny town of a few hundred people, and amazing hiking trails! There is tons of water in the northern part of Idaho, and Moyie springs have tons of cool places to find! Any of the locals can tell you the easy to find hot springs, and the “outdoorsy” types will get you to the more difficult ones. Moyie Springs is basically a cool body of water treasure hunt. There are so many trails to blaze that one trip isn’t going to do you justice! It is also home to one of the tallest suspension bridges in the country (fun fact of the day)!After your travels through Moyie, you should head back to Bonners ferry. A super cute town, Bonners is filled with local people that love where they live. The hiking and fishing here are amazing and the locals will tell you “second to none” I’m not good enough at fishing to know, but if atmosphere has anything to do with it, they are probably right. While it does take a while in the spring to warm up, Bonners is a great visit in the summer since the temp is never about 75! Unlike Moyie springs, when you want a bite to eat there are several great restaurants to stop at and you can supply at the local grocery store. They have a great winery to stop at as well! The best hiking trails are on the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge. Tons of local animals (and ducks, especially ducks) congregate in the refuge and add to the amazing ambience on the reserve. This is a must stop if you enjoy outdoor activities! If water is more your thing, Priest Lake is THE stop! Featuring crystal clear water, the lake is great for fishing and recreational activities as we get closer to summer! Another tiny town, Priest river is an amazing drive away from the lake, and features more of our Idaho local color! Known as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel” Priest lake features amazing hiking and fishing opportunities year round. You won’t want to miss this gorgeous gem! While they might not be the place to spend your full vacation week, our smaller local towns are amazing day trips. They give us a chance to see nature in a way most of the country has forgotten, and are perfect for stretching out, and enjoying the view!