Contrary to popular belief, Idaho is much more than just potatoes and deserts. In fact, what the Gem State lacks in population, it makes up for in lush, natural beauty and opportunities for adventure — after all, sometimes the road less traveled is actually the best destination!
1. Small-Town Splendor
Whether gazing at a patchwork-quilt expanse of rural farmland or touring one of the hundreds of quaint, historic farmhouses that dot the countryside, Idaho's cozy towns are the hidden gems of the Northwest.
2. Scenic Country Roads
Speaking of the road less traveled, taking a relaxing Sunday drive has never been so lovely.
3. The People
The friendly stranger smile. The courtesy traffic wave. The willingness to go above and beyond to help those in need. Home-grown Idahoans are without a doubt some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet!
4. Farm-to-Table Living
Even in the city, fresh, organically-harvested food is just out the front door. Farmers' markets, highway fruit stands, and bountiful orchards are abundant across Idaho -- in fact, we're so close here that you probably even know the farmers who grew it all!
5. The Mountains
Majestic, snow-capped peaks are a backyard view from just about every corner in Idaho thanks to the unique combination of Sawtooths, Bitterroots, and 114 other mountain ranges that make Idaho's scenery so vivid.
6. World-Class Snow Recreation
Crisp mountain air isn't all we have to offer. From Bogus Basin and Pomerelle resorts, to picturesque McCall and Sun Valley, Idaho is home to some of the most incredible runs and snowy havens in the country.
7. Actually, make that world-class
Fishing, rock-climbing, hiking, biking, skydiving, camping.... If you can dream it, we have a place for it. We're not exactly couch potatoes here! (Pun intended.)
8. An Epic Music Scene
No matter your musical style -- blues, fiddling, hip-hop, Indie, classical -- Idaho is home to some incredible music talent, boasted at the Roseberry Summer Music Festival, Treefort, and the Boise Music Festival, just to name a few.
9. And speaking of Boise...
Football, the Greenbelt, BODO, the foothills -- really, how much more perfect can a state capital get?
10. Waterfront Views
Like scenes out of a Bob Ross painting, Idaho lakes and rivers are some of the most pristine in the nation.
11. Where else can you see the craters of the moon without becoming an astronaut?
The second group of astronauts to walk on the moon visited Craters of the Moon in 1969 to prepare for their journey to space.
12. Our ghost towns are incredibly photogenic.
13. Ernest Hemingway was here.
14. Wildlife of every shape and size is just a photo away...
15. And our star-filled skies go on for days.
Whether enjoyed from the front porch, or by a campfire out in the middle of Idaho's tree-filled wilderness, nothing beats our state's peaceful nighttime sky, untainted by city lights.
No matter how you look at it, Idaho is the perfect place to enjoy the serene, untamed beauty and community lifestyle that western America offers. Panhandled, grand, and full of grit and glory, there’s just a certain
je ne sais quoi about this great state that makes us forever call it what it is: Idahome.
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