Idaho is a lovely state with so much to offer. There are so many people flocking to the state from all over these days. Idaho has been making headlines over the last few years on one of the best places to live in the United States. In fact, towards the end of 2017, Boise was named as one of the best state capitals to live in 2017. The reasons it was given the title of #8 on that list was due to Boise being the fourth lowest capital city in unemployment rate and the fourth lowest in property crime as well.
Intrigued? If you are looking into moving to the great Gem State, check out these things that will help you see just what it is about Idaho that makes people want to live here so badly.
The food, including famous treat spots
There are so many great food options in Idaho, especially in the Treasure Valley. From locally-owned eateries to famous chains such as Chick-fil-A and P. F. Chang’s, there are tons of delicious restaurants to choose from. If you are looking for a sweet treat after a great meal in the Boise area, you can drive to Idaho City for a famous slice of pie at Trudy’s Kitchen. People have been known to travel to Idaho City for the delectable desserts at this famous establishment. It’s a 45-minute drive from Boise but well worth the wait.
White water rafting, floating the Boise River, water parks, fishing--you name it. Idaho is known for its array of outdoor activities, and recreational water activities are some of its most popular. Along with this comes another famous pastime in the state: hot springs. If you want to relax in the water no matter what time of year it is, hot springs are a great way to go. Idaho is the state with the largest amount of hot springs available for use in the entire country. All over the state, you will find hot springs nearby for your enjoyment. Some of the most famous hot springs in Idaho are the Lava Hot Springs, the Kirkham Hot Springs, and the Mountain Village Resort hot spring (facing the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains).
Idaho has a lot of unique history that makes it intriguing to travelers and native Idahoans alike. There have been powerful stories that were born there, such as the story of Polly Bemis, which you can read about in the biographical novel about her entitled A Thousand Pieces of Gold (or the movie by the same title). Ernest Hemingway shared a lot of history with the state. He settled down there towards the end of his life and loved it immensely. Visitors can still see Hemingway’s home in Ketchum, Idaho and tour it to discover a glimpse of the famous author’s past and his life in Idaho.
Along with this rich history of Idaho comes the vast amount of museums that are scattered among the state. Visitors can see the Warhawk Air Museum, the Old Idaho Penitentiary (which was on Ghost Adventures a few years back), the Idaho State Museum, and so much more--too many to even really list!
If you love learning of states’ history, fascinating stories about real adventures, and seeing artifacts from throughout time over the last couple of centuries, you will love all the options Idaho holds. Displaying relics of the past in nearly every city, Idaho is a well-loved place to learn about history (and the arts--the art museums are very popular as well).
The great outdoors
Saving arguably the best for last--Idaho is known for its beautiful mountains, rivers, hiking paths, ski slopes, and more. There are plenty of places to fish, float, raft, ski, hunt, snowboard, and more. Ernest Hemingway loved Idaho, as he was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. His family from then on grew up in Idaho, and as mentioned above, he was buried near Sun Valley, which was a hot spot for celebrities to visit and frequent back in Hollywood’s hay day.
For the more adventurous risk-takers out there, there are opportunities to paraglide, BASE jump, and skydive as well. Just be sure to take all the necessary precautions and needed safety training before participating in any risky activities such as those listed.
...And so much more!
This list of why people love Idaho such doesn’t even begin to list the reasons, but some more you can look into are the various universities and job opportunities, exciting seasonal fun (such as the Farmstead in Meridian, Idaho), and Silverwood--the largest theme park in the Pacific Northwest.
All of these and more await you in the great state of Idaho and are why people love it so much. One of the key things to remember, though, is that Idaho is special to everyone in a different way. Some people might love Idaho because of its nature and various hiking and biking trails, while others may like the city-vibe of downtown Boise and The Village at Meridian without the loud fastness of a bigger city. Whatever it is for anyone who loves the state, the answer is always the same. Idaho is a little bit of everything and has something for everyone.