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We visited the beautiful state of Idaho for the first time earlier this summer. I was immediately captivated by the beautiful landscape, friendly people, and lack of humidity! And just in case you were wondering, a lack of humidity is always impressive to a girl from Georgia during the summertime.
We stayed in Boise and I fell in love with the ability to drive past the Idaho State Capitol on 8th Street and right onto unpaved roads in just a few minutes. Then, even more quickly, those roads became impassible in our rental car. The vistas were breathtaking of hikers and mountain bikers enjoying the trails in the afternoon after work.
We spotted wild sunflowers growing along the roadside and road runners darting about. We explained to Little Buddy that these were the birds that Road Runner of Bugs Bunny Cartoon fame was based on – right here in real life.
We also drove into the Boise National Forest a short drive from Boise. The photographs just simply do not do this area justice. Mountains and valleys, trees higher than I could see the tops, rivers snaking and tumbling over giant boulders making such a noise we couldn’t help but stop every few miles to take it all in.
Boiling Springs was a sight we just had to see. Hiking about half a mile to see it brought a bit of a shock as we rounded the corner to find someone enjoying the spring in all their “natural” glory. I’ll just say, it took me a minute to realize that he was not wearing a flesh colored bathing suit. I’m not sure about you, but I just can’t talk to someone without their clothes on. I can’t figure out where to look! But thankfully, that was the only odd moment of our trip.
While visiting we found a few local restaurants that are surely hits in my book and worth visiting if you are ever in the area:
The Egg Factory
This is a definite must-visit restaurant for breakfast, brunch or lunch while you are in the Boise area. But, if you are going for breakfast, either get there early or go a little bit after the rush. Their farmstyle breakfasts definitely draw a crowd – or maybe it’s those cinnamon rolls!
Now, when it comes to BBQ, we are sort of particular. But the BBQ at Goodwood’s was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Smoked to perfection and served with delicious sides. But be sure to save room for dessert, their Texas Sheet Cake is almost as good as my family recipe for Chocolate Sheet Cake. But I won’t tell my Mama that.
I can’t wait for the opportunity to visit Idaho again and if you ever get the chance, take it! Here are a few tips:
- Visit the Boise National Forrest. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore the trails.
- Take a walk downtown.
- Drive past the state capitol and go up into the recreation area point overlooking the capitol and city at sunset.
- Have a cinnamon roll at The Egg Factory.
- Share a Big Judd’s Special.
- Go whitewater rafting.
- Grab a guide and go fly fishing.
I love Boise, but live in Eastern Idaho. If you ever get back this way, it’s not quite a 4 hour drive to this side of the State. Driggs, Victor, Island Park, Heise (hot springs, pool, HUGE slide, great pizza place, and golf course), Craters of the Moon is on the way – very very cool, and of course Yellowstone and Jackson Hole are very close. If you come in mid-late August, you can pick Huckleberries as well. If you travel more towards Utah, Bear Lake is amazing – bluest fresh water lake I’ve ever seen, and great water park in Lava Hot Springs.
I’ve missed loads above, but just so you know, this side of the State is beyond beautiful. 🙂
Looks beautiful! I’ve never been to Idaho but I hear it’s just as beautiful as you describe.
I have been pushing my hubs to move there for quite some time- after seeing these- it looks like I will be pushing a bit harder 🙂
Idaho is amazing! Spot on with great fishing, beautiful scenery, and good food. The local places may be a bit rustic in places but that adds to the experience! And to add to Shalee, Eastern Idaho is great and home to so many great sites!
I loled when I saw this. I have a friend from Idaho, who I met in Tennessee last week, and I said to her,”So what’s Idaho like?” I don’t know that I’ve ever seen pics or even thought of it…” Well NOW I KNOW! Glad you shared!
Stephen Fry recently broadcast a 6 part series in the UK of himself travelling through all 50 US states. Idaho was the one I was most looking forward to seeing as i’d not been before. Stephen Fry didn’t spend much time there sadly focusing on California and the East Coast. Looks such a peaceful place. The Egg Factory is now on my list! :}
You definitely won’t regret a visit to The Egg Factory. Just be sure to go very, very hungry!
We just moved to Idaho after living in Cali for 30 years, and then to Amarillo,Tx for 1 year. Just got here about a month ago and; live in Mountain Home. Let me just say how in love I already am! I don’t miss California, really had a terrible time in Texas with brown recluse spiders, heat, lack of scenery (people were awesome though;), and being here, we live 40 mins south from Boise, 20 miles to Anderson Dam, and each way about 10 to 20 miles is a new beautiful discovery. Definitely jump on a chance to come see this wonderful state…also it’s the Gem state with lots of naturally occurring gems, especially opals!