It may be the most misunderstood and underrated state of the U.S., but it’s also one of the most surprising, welcoming and beautiful places I have ever been to. Here’s Idaho in 20 Instagrams.
1. Boise has a few great restaurants like Fork on 8th Street. Find this sign and you find Fork!
2. A Salmon shaped mailbox along the Salmon Scenic Byway, the most beautiful byway in Idaho if you ask me. The Ponderosa Pine scenic byway comes next.
3. Here it is! The Ponderosa Pine scenic byway takes you through the Sawtooth National Forest. We liked it so much that we changed our travel route so that we’d drive through it again at the end of our trip.
4. Another shot along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Bayway.
5. This is a former fire cabin on top of the Shorty Peak mountain, near the Canadian border. It’s now a ‘hotel for two’. There’s no water and no electricity and no people around for miles, but priceless views guaranteed!
6. The Shorty Peak cabin from the inside.
7. Shorty Peak during sunrise. Stunning!
8. Conquering the Route of the Hiawatha Bike trail, a former railroad in Northern Idaho, close to Montana.
9. More of the Hiawatha bike trail.
10. A bit of ‘cloudporn’: sunrise in Stanley.
11. The Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise. The stories they tell you here are incredible!
12. Redfish Lake in Sawtooth. You’re treated with a few gorgeous views while hiking.
13. A turkey vulture at the magnificent World Center for birds of Prey in Boise. The bird was opening its wings every time someone stopped to look at him. The Center studies and helps restore endangered birds of prey through captive breeding.
14. Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls.
15. Inside the State Capitol Building in Boise, home of the government of the state of Idaho. The building is heated by geothermal water.
16. Stanley Lake in Stanley. Beautiful, even when foggy.
17. Idaho has the tiniest towns… Like this one: Clayton! Population: 7.
18. Balanced Rock road. Amazing sights and yet no one around!
19. Elkhorn hotsprings, nicknamed ‘Boat Box’: a soaking tub in the Salmon River, filled with natural hot spring water.
20. And finally: the majestic Snake River Canyon.
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