Exploring Idahome

1. Visit Garden-A-Glow at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

2. Picnic at Shoshone Falls on the Snake River (near Twin Falls).

3. Conquer my fear of natural water and swim (even for a minute!) in Pond Oreille, Idaho’s deepest lake. The deepest point is 1,170 feet and it’s one of North America’s deepest lakes…eek!

4. Go cherry picking in Emmett.

5. Visit Avery’s historic railroad depot.

6. Float Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River (it’s the deepest river canyon in the United States!)

7. Make like Clint Eastwood in Bronco Billy and order a burger at the Meridian Hungry Onion Drive Through.

8. Did you know the television was invented in Idaho? Visit the hometown of inventor Philo T. Farnsworth in Rigby.

9. Visit Craters of the Moon.

10. Eat breakfast at ‘The Kneadery’ in Ketchum.

11. Get a milkshake from Moon’s Cafe (lactose intolerance be damned!)

12. Learn the words to the Idaho state song.

13. Run in the Famous Idaho Potato race.

14. Sip some bubbles at Idaho’s oldest soda fountain, the Corner Drug in Driggs.

15. Bike, walk, or run the entire length of the Boise Greenbelt.

16. Trek/hike to Heaven’s Gate in the Nez Perce National Forest. From this vantage point, you can see four states: Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

17. Visit the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot.

18. Check out the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum.

19. Go to a drive-in movie.

20. Get a slice of pie from Trudy’s Kitchen in Idaho City.

21. Hike in to the Goldbug Hot Springs south of Salmon.

22. Visit Sacagawea’s birthplace in Salmon, Idaho.

23. Ride an old-school rollercoaster at Silverwood

24. Check out an underground mine tour at one of North Idaho’s oldest mines.

25. Ride the Thunder Mountain Line.

26. Get our big kid panties on and check out some of Idaho’s ghost towns

27. Ride on the historic wooden carousel in Rexburg.

28. Watch the hourly geyser eruption in Soda Springs.

29. “Tina, you fat lard!” Visit the town where Napoleon Dynamite was filmed.

30. Tour the Shoshone Ice Caves.

31. Take a selfie with the two-story wooden owl in Salmon.

32. Go whitewater rafting on the Salmon River

33. Visit the alligators at Miracle Hot Springs.

34. Grab a hamburger from the century-plus-old Hudson Hamburger in Couer d’ Alene.

35. Go to an Idaho Shakespeare Festival play.

36. Get a square ice cream cone (lactose intolerance can suck it again) at the Rainey Creek Country Store in Swan Valley.

37. Canoe or paddleboat Redfish Lake.

38. Dig for garnets outside of Clarkia.

39. Hike to the natural waterslide at Lion’s Head in Northern Idaho.

40. Zipline the Snake River.

41. Check out the historical sites in the City of Rocks in Cassia County.

42. Dig for opals at the Spencer Opal Mine (Idaho IS the Gem State!)

43. Camp out in a national forest.

44.  Grab a huckleberry shake from Paul Bunyon’s in Coeur d’ Alene

45. Visit the Glanbia cheese factory in Richfield.

* note: many of these ideas came from here.


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