Unassuming, unspoiled and relaxed Idaho is famous for potatoes and Yogi Bear, but the state has many other culinary delights and fascinating attractions to offer. Home to northwest America’s largest theme park as well as the incredible Yellowstone Park, the state also contains some wonderful lava hot springs and is an incredible place to spot bald eagles. With the Rocky Mountains looming alongside wildflower meadows, Idaho is truly a sight to behold.
Capital city Boise boasts botanical gardens, amusement parks and a selection of art galleries and museums, but it is probably its vast wilderness which attracts most visitors. Travel on a replica 1890 puff-belly engine train and view historic sites sitting comfortably alongside modern high rises. Camp romantically beneath the stars or enjoy a luxury spa treatment at one of Idaho’s many natural hot springs.
Idaho is perfect for road trips. Around Coeur d’Alene are pristine mountain lakes, icy blue streams and peaceful fishing spots. For the more adventurous, the state boasts an excellent selection of water sports, including water skiing, jet skiing, white water rafting and parasailing, as well as the more traditional, serene sports of boating and sailing. Hikers and cyclists will enjoy the incredible trails and abundance of wildlife, which also offer perfect opportunities for wildlife photography.
America’s deepest gorge, deeper even than the Grand Canyon, is Hell’s Canyon. The beautiful Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area is a popular excursion for picnickers, swimmers, rafters and anglers. Space fiends will love Idaho’s eerie Craters of the Moon National Monument. Visitors can drive through this bizarre place where the country’s first astronauts were trained.
Idaho’s stunning ski resorts come to life in the winter months. The vast Sun Valley Resort offers excitement for skiers of all levels and is a great attraction for America’s rich and famous. Cross country skiing can also be enjoyed amid incredible views.
For a taste of history, visit the Oregon Trail or the California Trail, where the remnants of the country’s pioneer trails, complete with wagon trails, can still be seen. Or you could try panning for gold or other precious metals in Idaho’s Silver Valley.