Our Idaho Travel Guide
Known for its mountainous landscapes and outdoor recreational areas, Idaho and many attractions and is the 14th largest state in the U.S. It is beautiful to drive, camp, hike, and enjoy. Idaho borders six American states and one Canadian province, British Columbia.
Idaho is called ‘The Gem State’ because more than 70 precious and semi-precious gemstones are mined here. It is also known for being the birthplace of television, as this is where inventor Farnsworth came up with the groundbreaking idea of an electric television. Keep reading in this Idaho travel guide to learn more about traveling in this beautiful state.
First, a little history…
Idaho was one of the last states to be visited by European settlers because of its remote location. When settlers first arrived in the 1800s, two major Native American tribes used to live in Idaho; the Nez Perce and the Shoshone. Most settlers were missionaries, minors, fur traders, and farmers. Initially, Idaho was claimed by both the United States and Britain. In 1846, the area officially became part of the United States, and in 1890, Idaho became the 43rd U.S state.
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Idaho Major Attractions
Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley Resort is a favorite travel destination for skiing enthusiasts because of its infrastructure and winter sports. You will find that the downhill skiing on Dollar Mountain and Bald Mountain is appropriate for both beginners and experts. During summers, the resort offers miles of mountain trails where you can go mountain biking and hiking.
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Coeur d’Alene is a natural dam-controlled lake. Its existence can be traced back to glacial deposits from the last Ice Age. For visitors, sailing, fishing, and boating are popular activities during the summer season. Moreover, you can also swim on the north or south shores of the lake.
The 212 feet tall Shoshone Falls are also called the ‘Niagara of the West.’ Shoshone Falls are one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States. A day trip to the falls is perfect for families who want to have a picnic with a magnificent view. Moreover, the surrounding area is filled with hiking trails and swimming spots.
Kirkham Hot Springs
Idaho is famous for its geothermal pools, and Kirkham Hot Springs is one of them. Here, you will find hot spring pools and hot spring waterfalls along the river. The popularity of these springs attracts huge crowds of tourists on the weekends. Many tourists choose to stay the night by camping on the adjacent campground.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
The park, established in the 1920s, is a geologic wonderland. Here you will find a lunar-like landscape created due to volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. While there has been no eruption in the last 2000 years, the area is still geologically active. There are also different caves inside the monument that can be explored with free permits.
Some other notable places and attractions:
Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area
City of Rocks National Reserve
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site
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