The World’s Largest Pine Tree Is Right Here In Idaho And You’ll Want To Visit
Trees. Idaho is full of ’em. But some are a little more special than others. While searching for the Northwest Passage with the Corps of Discovery, Meriwether Lewis wrote in his journal, “The long-leafed pine forms the principle timber of the neighborhood.” In this document, penned nearly 300 years ago, Lewis was describing the West’s Ponderosa Pine, a tree so towering and majestic that its very name – ponderosa – is Latin for “heavy, weighty, and inspired.”
The history of this is rooted in Idaho’s landscape. And Idaho just happens to be home to the world’s largest pine tree, tucked away in one of the most beautiful parks in the state. It’s the perfect family outing and photo op, all in one!
Too cool! Did you know that the world’s largest pine tree was right here in Idaho? Our state is full of surprises! For another humble giant, check out our previous post on the oldest tree in the country… it’s here in Idaho, too.
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What are some other unique roadside attractions in Idaho?
One of our favorite quirky roadside attractions in Idaho is a doggone good one over in Cottonwood. Located off Highway 95, the Dog Bark Park Inn is housed in the belly of Sweet Willy, the world's largest beagle. The rooms of this quirky B&B are appropriately adorned with dog-themed decor and literature, making for a doggone delightful experience. If you don’t want to stay the night, you should stop to merely admire the structure, which features a picturesque prairie backdrop. You'll also find an on-site gift shop with replicas of the beagle for sale, in true roadside attraction fashion.
Does Idaho have any other world records?
In addition to the world's largest pine tree being in Idaho, our state is full of other superlatives and world records. Our fascinating geologic landscape, unique culture, and underrated history has all contributed to the wonderful state we are today, with many a world record accrued along the way! Let's start with a natural one: Idaho is home to the "highest navigable river in the world" -- the St. Joe River, which has its headwaters in the high Bitterroot mountains of Northern Idaho, flows from an elevation of 6,487 feet. While there are tiny, babbling "rivers" found at higher elevations around the world, the mighty Joe is the only river of its elevation large enough to boat, fish, play, and otherwise enjoy. Another world record held by Idaho is the longest single-stage gondola ride in the world. The Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg may be making a name for itself with their fresh powder and indoor waterpark, but their 3.1 mile gondola ride is still holding fort when it comes to this world record. Curious about more Idaho world records? Check out this list!