Idaho Is The Gem State You Never Knew You Needed On Your Bucket List

We think most people think that Idaho is the potato state but no, no it isn’t! Idaho is actually  known as the “Gem State” because it contains 72 different kinds of precious and semi-precious stones. The only other location on the planet which has a greater variety of gems is Africa. Enthusiasts can find deposits of corundum, jasper, agate, opal, garnet, topaz and zircon – and then of course, we found these gems 🙂

Enjoy your stay in Idaho!

1. Stay The Week In Sun Valley

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Sun Valley Idaho is probably one of the best resorts in the North Western part of the US. Sun Valley receives top ratings from the SKI Readers magazine including #1 in overall satisfaction – but you don’t have to come for the slopes there are plenty of other wonderful activities. Here are our top 5 hiking destinations at Sun Valley.

Proctor Mountain

Chocolate Gulch

Taylor Canyon

Adams Gulch

White Clouds

2. Explore Mesa Falls

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Mesa Falls is a beautiful waterfall and it’s actually quite easy to find! The falls are gorgeous and they are accessible without a strenuous or lengthy hike. Also,  the paths are easy to navigate and there is lots to see along the way. The ranger station at Mesa Falls has some good displays as well as some informative rooms where lots of skulls and furs are displayed.

3. Jump Off Perrine Bridge (Kidding Kind Of)

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This bridge is a graceful span across the river below nearly 500 feet above the river. Base jumpers from everywhere love this venue but do not be alarmed by someone standing in the middle looking like they are going to jump……they probably are!

4. Visit Sawtooth National Park

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This wilderness area is eye-popping gorgeous and a nature lover’s dream! Day hike around Redfish and Stanley lakes where it’s hard not to gawk at the magnificent interplay of sky, mountains, and crystal waters. Besides hiking there is kayaking, rafting, ATV trails and backpacking. One of the most beautiful scenes is the outlook on Galena Summit – this should be on everyone’s bucket list!

5. Dip Into Idaho’s World Famous Hot Pools

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There are so many options for hot pools at Idaho’s World Famous Hot Pools and they come in several different temperatures – with jacuzzi jets! The shade tops on some of the pools provide nice relief from the sun and are very relaxing to sit under. The property is really nice and there is plenty of room to spread out and the flowers only add to the attraction. Some pools are nonslip large stone surface bottoms and others have loose pebbles. It’s truly a wonderful experience.

6. Fall In Love At The World Center For Birds Of Prey

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We encourage everyone to take a guided tour of this amazing place. There is so much to learn and who knew there was so much to know about the sport and art of falconry! This place has one of the largest collections of books and other falconry related items. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors would be fascinated by all the information held by the knowledgeable staff and volunteers here. There is a variety of displays, hands-on exhibits, and live bird introductions.

7. Be Peaceful In Island Park

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A city in Freemont County with a total population of less than 300 according to the census bureau of 2010. If your looking to get away from everyone and be out in the sticks – welp, I believe we did find that place.

8. Find Opals At Deer Hunt Mine

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One of the best deposits in the area is the Deer Hunt Mine, which is open for digging by rock hounds for a set price per pound. YES! How much fun would this be?

9. Enjoy Your Day In Upper Palisades Lake

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Idaho is full of green natural beauty and stunning lakes. Upper Palisades is one of those places you can pack a picnic for the day, hike or spend your day on the water. It’s beautiful, quiet and serene.

10. Ride Through The Boise Greenbelt

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An extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt runs along the Boise river. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing and you can find plenty of people enjoying the summer air doing just that! Grab your bikes and take a stroll through the Boise River Greenbelt – impossible not to enjoy!

 

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