3 Things to Do In Idaho

February 16th, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | 1 Comment »

JS0114Even if you’re among the most well-traveled, there are probably a few corners of the globe you’ve yet to explore, states like, say…Idaho. While Napoleon Dynamite portrayed it as a redneck hick paradise, it’s actually a beautiful state with a blossoming culture and amazing outdoor scene.

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho is a must see. Here are our favorite Idaho attractions!

Boise River Greenbelt
Idaho boasts 25 miles of riverside greenbelt, perfect for biking, jogging, fishing, and strolling along. The greenbelt connects 850 acres of beautiful parks both in the middle of the city and on the outskirts. If you stay on the paved path for awhile, you’ll likely encounter people and wildlife—deer, geese, and ducks are frequently spotted along the path. Locals and tourists (and their four legged friends) alike can enjoy the greenbelt, which passes by golf courses, the Anne Frank Human Rights memorial, and beautiful downtown Boise.

Bogus Basin
Just 16 miles north of Boise rests Bogus Basin, a ski resort with an impressive amount of night skiing terrain. There’s 2,600 acres of ski hill and a tubing hill with an 800 foot drop, along with 3,237 kilometers of cross country skiing trails. During the summer, the ski hill hosts the Dirty Dash race, free mountain biking trails, and plenty of hiking.

During the winter months the Treasure Valley sometimes experiences week long inversions, causing cloudy skies and grey air—but not at Bogus Basin! Approximately ten miles up the hill, you drive out of the inversion and see amazing blue sky and surreal clouds covering the valley.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Though Idaho is small in population and vast in land, it is no cultural wasteland. During the summers, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (one of the country’s premier professional nonprofit repertory theaters) seduces audiences with great works, Shakespearean and otherwise. The outdoor theater sits alongside the Boise River within a nature preserve—it’s even accessible by the Greenbelt! The theater company performs all sorts of plays all summer long, and—best of all—lets you pack in your own picnic (including alcohol) for your enjoyment.

And there’s so much more—river floating, the Basque Museum, a reportedly haunted State Penitentiary, not to mention a lovely downtown with a capital building built to look like the nation’s capital.

So, while it might be easy to categorize Idaho by the movies, give it a chance—you’ll find a warm and friendly state worth a visit!
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