Attractions October 27, 2016
12 Small Towns In Idaho Where Everyone Knows Your Name
It seems like no matter where you travel in Idaho, you’ll find a close-knit, small town community. While all of Idaho is renowned for its friendliness, you know the kind of community I’m talking about. The kind of town with that easy familiarity where, if you mention your Uncle Hank back home, odds are the person you’re talking to went to high school with him, dated his next door neighbor, or went on a fishing trip with him at some point. Here are 12 cozy, welcoming Idaho towns that have that friendly, congenial vibe down solid.
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This small, rural community just an hour or so outside Boise is known for a lot of things: the annual National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival, excellent schools, and a prime spot at the confluence of the Weiser and Snake Rivers. But its cozy 5,000-resident population also makes for the perfect balance of diversity and welcoming community.
Nestled deep within Idaho's panhandle, this snowy mining community takes its name from Army Captain John Murray, who was tasked with building the Mullan Road in the mid 1800s. With a population of around 700 and a historic Silver Valley setting, this tiny town is a beautiful and friendly place to be.
The seat of Bear Lake County in Idaho's eastern corner is a peaceful, lovely town to visit or settle down in. With Bear Lake just a short drive away and the beautiful and historic Paris Tabernacle as an architectural gem in the heart of the town, this gateway town into Utah is pretty perfect. And who wouldn't want to say that they live in Paris?
Kamiah is yet another breathtaking northern gem that is impossible not to fall in love with. An idyllic setting near the Clearwater River makes this community a recreational haven, while the scenic foothills and lush green landscape offer idyllic beauty.
Oakley is a tiny town in southern Idaho that most people don't hear about often, but it's a charming one worth the mention! Surrounded on three sides by mountains. you'll find nothing but pleasant people and beautiful countryside here, with a colorful history of pioneering and settlement mixed in.
Perhaps most often remembered for the infamous bank heist that took place here at the hands of the notorious Butch Cassidy, Montpelier is also a pleasant Bear Valley community that delights in entertaining visitors with its Oregon Trail history and unique personality.
Rural Melba is one of those relaxing, lovely small towns that is perfectly nestled within its own rolling valley, but also within easy distance to a major city. But you wouldn't know it just by standing on Main Street! Boise feels worlds away (because it is) and the opportunities for fishing in the Snake River, chatting with locals, and learning about the history of the valley make this an inviting place to visit or relocate to.
This welcoming, well-rounded community embodies everything that a small town should be. Families love the good schools and winning football team, while the charming Magic Valley town itself is picture perfect in every way.
9. Idaho City
When it comes to small towns, Idaho City is often seen as a getaway town, and overlooked as a wonderful place to live - but it shouldn't be! Delightfully rugged, western, and full of character -- not to mention wonderful winter yurts, hot springs, and more -- the supportive and close-knit residents just one more special thing to love about this historic town. Multiple fires have destroyed this area over the years, and the community continues to band together in the devastation in a way that truly showcases Idaho hospitality and determination.
Widely known for its unexpected beagle-shaped B&B, there's a lot more to love about Cottonwood than its hospitality. Expansive green prairies and wildflower meadows characterize the view every way you turn in a scene straight out of a movie.
One of Idaho's favorite camping and recreation getaways is also a delightfully scenic and cozy place to live year-round. Simple mountain architecture makes the community a beautiful one, while the pleasant and welcoming residents embrace newbies with a host of recreation opportunities, community activities, and beautiful scenery to kick back and relax in front of; namely, Cascade Lake.
This quirky little panhandle town has such a bold personality it can be easy to forget how cozy it really is! Historic, beautiful, and made famous for its bounty of unique festivals, natural scenery, and mining history, this picturesque Silver Valley community is all about celebrating the little things.
Truth is, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place in Idaho where folks won’t remember you by name and welcome you into their world with open arms. It’s a great state! For more wonderful places to visit, check out this
picture-perfect autumn town or these peaceful, quiet rural towns.