Attractions September 29, 2017
The 8 Coolest Attractions In Idaho That Not Enough People Visit
If you’re a frequent reader of Only In Idaho, you’ve more than likely already experienced the popular attractions that Idaho has to offer. Places like Craters of the Moon, Shoshone Falls, or Bruneau Sand Dunes are awesome…but let’s face it. We’ve been there, done that, and we have the pictures to prove it. If you’re looking for something lesser known, check out these eight attractions here. You might’ve heard about them in passing before. Well now is the time to go and see them for yourself!
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1. Malad Gorge
Malad Gorge doesn't get the attention that it deserves. That's probably because one of the most impressive parts of the canyon is located right beneath I-84, and isn't visible despite the thousands of people passing over it every day. In order to truly see the gorge in all of its beauty, you have to visit Malad Gorge State Park. Here you will have epic views of one of the most breathtaking canyons in the state.
2. Ernest Hemingway's Grave
A lot of people are familiar with the fact that the famed author was somehow connected to Idaho during his later years. Hemingway actually moved to Ketchum, Idaho in the last years of his life and that is where he died. If you visit Ketchum today, you'll see all kinds of remembrances of him throughout town. His grave, located in Ketchum Cemetery, isn't ornate. It's a slab of rock with his name, but it's still something to be admired. You might even find a bottle of whiskey or a book left on his grave as a homage.
3. The B-23 Bomber Crash Site
Hidden away in Payette National Forest are remnants of something incredible that happened in 1943. A World War II plane returning to Washington from Nevada flew into a snow storm and crashed into the Idaho wilderness. Miraculously, the entire crew survived the ordeal, despite spending weeks stranded in the elements waiting for rescue. Today, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area to hike the trail around the nearby Loon Lake to get a glimpse of this amazing piece of history in the woods.
4. Museum of Clean
Idaho has its fair share of weird roadside attractions, and this museum is definitely one of them. The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho is exactly that. It's a museum dedicated to the history of cleanliness. Here you'll find exhibits dedicated to the cleaning tools of the past. It might sound strange, but it's actually incredibly fascinating and something visitors of all ages will get enjoyment from.
5. The Center of the Universe
Did you know the Center of the Universe is located in a small North Idaho town? Well, it is. Wallace, Idaho has held this title since the mayor declared it in 2004. There's even a manhole in the middle of town proclaiming it. Visitors travel from all over to take their picture on the manhole which marks the "Center of the Universe."
6. World Center for Birds of Prey
Located in Boise, the World Center for Birds of Prey is a non-profit organization that has been working to conserve endangered raptors since 1984. The center is one of the most unique wildlife viewing experiences you'll ever get. This one-of-a-kind exhibit features live raptor presentations, a condor exhibit, and a look at wild raptors visible from a trail that leads you through their habitats.
7. Dog Bark Park Inn
Dog lovers rejoice! Standing proudly in Cottonwood, Idaho is the largest beagle in the world. At 30 feet tall, this beagle is actually a hotel that is lovingly referred to among locals as Sweet Willy. You probably didn't know that you wanted to stay an a dog-shaped inn before, but a visit to this popular hotel is a must for Idahoans. Also at the Dog Bark Park is a dog-inspired gift shop and artists' studio.
8. Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History
At the same location of the Shoshone Mammoth Cave is one of the most eccentric museums in the Gem State. The museum's collection is simply massive. The entire building is stuffed with thousands of items including artifacts and taxidermy. You could be in the museum all day and not even come close to seeing it all. Although it may look quite kitschy, this museum holds some fascinating history that you can't find anywhere else in the world. It's odd to think all of these treasures are hiding in small building off of Highway 75!
How many of these have you done? Do any of these sound completely new to you?
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