IdahoThe state of Idaho, located in the Pacific Northwest, is a climbing oasis waiting for outdoor lovers with its Rocky Mountain landscape. It is also well known for being an agricultural state in which one third of the potatoes in the United States are grown. Idaho is a very eco-friendly state weighing in at over 80% use of hydroelectricity and other renewable energy.

State parks, such as Bear Lake State Park in the southeast corner sitting at 5,900 feet elevation, are scattered throughout the state. Guests to this park will enjoy swimming, boating, or fishing in the humongous lake, which can be viewed from great heights on a hike. Castle Rocks, full of beautiful rock columns for climbing and hiking, is one of Idaho’s newest parks. Early 20th century ranch structures still remain on 1,240 acres of land. Harriman State Park sits in the middle of an 11,000-acre wildlife refuge. Elk, moose, trumpeter swans, and sandhill cranes are just a few examples of wildlife that will be seen at the park.

Boise is the state capital and the largest city in Idaho. It provides great opportunities for outdoor recreation including bicycle rides or walking tours through town on a 25 mile greenbelt trail along the Boise River that stretches through the heart of the city. In the city you can find a variety of fine arts attracations, including a philharmonic orchestra, ballets, theater, and opera companies, and a summer Shakespeare festival. For educational fun, visit museums and memorials throughout the city such as the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, and the Idaho Black History Museum.

The Spud Drive-In Theater in Driggs, Idaho, is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring. Here you can see a movie the old fashioned way: from your car. The theater was built in 1953 and shows current family movies. The Silverwood Theme Park is a Victorian mining town theme park featuring roller coasters, water rides, a train, and a miniature theme park for small children. The Activity Barn Tubing Park is not for water tubing but snow tubing. The park also offers sleigh rides, skate skiing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing for winter family vacations. Regardless of the season, the Gem State is the outdoor adventure vacation every family has been waiting for.

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