Idaho February 04, 2017
7 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank Of Gas In Idaho
Road trips are a fun, memorable activity that the whole family can enjoy. Seeing new sights, drinking in the scenery, trying new foods–what’s not to love? But one of the most expensive parts of any trip is paying for gas. So how far can you get one one tank of gas, exactly? Based on an informal poll, most new model cars can average about 500 miles on one tank of gas. To get you started, there’s no better place to start (and end) exploring the diversity and wonders of Idaho than at the very “center” of our beautiful state, so let’s see where this tank of gas will get you!
1. Initial Point, Kuna
Rachael Kaelyn Photography
We've talked about the Center of the Universe before (right here in Idaho), but Initial Point is an overlooked "center" of Idaho that is worth a trip. Officially the starting point for all land-surveying in Idaho, this monument on the outskirts of the Boise valley features breathtaking mountain views and a small plaque that commemorates its significance.
2. Worswick Hot Springs, Featherville
Of Idaho's literal hundreds of hot springs, this multi-pool fantasy spreads itself out in the Smoky Mountains. A unique complex of fifty springs pour from a grassy hillsides at temperatures up to 180 degrees F and branch into a high-powered thermal streams. While the temperature rises through the summer as the output of an incoming cold stream diminishes, multiple dip opportunities offer shaded privacy and perfect temperatures no matter your preferences. Wildlife frequent the springs when human life has left.
3. Centennial Marsh, Fairfield
The tiny town of Fairfield is smack in the middle of the Camas Prairie, and while its winter recreation is widely known, it seems only savvy landscape photographers and locals know about Centennial Marsh. This expansive, lush oasis transforms into a blue and purple sea of Camas Lilies in the spring. The color is so intense, many people mistake the fields of lilies for lakes!
4. Malad Gorge
While thousands flock to Twin Falls, the Perrine Bridge, and various other lookouts scattered about to see the plunging Snake River Canyon, Malad Gorge is an overlooked canyon beauty that deserves some special attention. While the Snake River meanders below, visitors have the opportunity to see hidden waterfalls from a bridge across the gorge, but at far closer distances than the sights of the Perrine.
5. Dierkes Lake, Twin Falls
This local secret lake is beautiful and well-kept, despite its popularity. A dock, kids area, and beach all overlook the main lake area, while climb and dive ready rocks are perfect for novice rock enthusiasts or daredevils looking to take the plunge.
6. Little City of Rocks, Gooding
While we've touted the wonders of Idaho's City of Rocks before, its smaller counterpart - just a short drive north - is worth a visit as well. Towering pyramids, spires, and domes make this "city" an ideal scrambling ground, as well as a photographer's haven.
7. Hidden Mouth Cave, Mackay
A beautiful (but steep) canyon meadow hike from Pass Creek Rd. leads to this local secret cave. Some scrambling will be necessary, but the view from the mouth of the cave is spectacular!
BONUS: Pay a visit to the geographic center of Idaho near Challis.
The Watermark Inn
Because why wouldn't you want to stand in the literal heart of our state? You can read more about that trip
Ready to give these places a shot? Let us know what other overlooked gems from Boise to Challis, that you think should be added (side trips are okay!)