Idaho is full of beautiful, natural things to see. It’s also got some indoor attractions for your more techie types. Basically, Idaho has a little something for everyone, so let’s explore it!

The Great Outdoors

Craters of the Moon national monument is one of the coolest natural landscapes you can find anywhere in the country. This lava field formed between 15- and 2000 years ago, and the geological activity continues and eruption may still occur.

Lava flow at Craters of the Moon. Thanks on Flickr.

Lava flow at Craters of the Moon.
Thanks Bruce Tuten on Flickr.

In Salmon Falls Creek Canyon, there is a Balanced Rock, sitting just perfectly on edge on a platform only 3 feet by 17  inches. The rock weighs over 40 tons and was carved out by the wind.

Idaho is full of ancient natural wonders, and you can travel back in time when you visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds. Here, you can discover the evolution of horses, which is an animal for which we have a complete fossil record.


The Bruneau River carved out a gorge-ous scene.
Thanks mypubliclands on Flickr.

Now, I love canyons, so of course I have to point out Bruneau Canyon. This is an amazing desert gorge carved out by the Bruneau river. You can travel down the river by boat or check out the scenic overlook and find some bighorn sheep.

Inside Idaho

Aviation and war geeks, rejoice, because at the Warhawk Air Musuem you’ll find exhibits dedicated to airplanes during our countries greatest wars, and learn about the homefront. You can also check out some of the only WWII fighter planes left!

Plane at the Warhawk Museum. Thanks on Flickr.

Plane at the Warhawk Museum.
Thanks t0ny on Flickr.

If you’re going to the Gem State, you might as well learn everything you can about geology. At the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, learn the entire history of the science from plate tectonics to fossils. Also, learn all about natural minerals, rocks, and how Idaho got its nickname.

For a more well rounded look at the world around you, visit the Idaho Museum of Natural History. They feature plenty of exhibits in anthropology, life sciences, and earth sciences, including a traveling piece on Native American code talkers from the Smithsonian.

Giant potato outside Idaho's museum. Thanks on Flickr.

Giant potato outside Idaho’s museum.
Thanks rayb777 on Flickr.

An well, we saved it for last, but is it really a visit to Idaho if you don’t stop at the Idaho Potato Museum. Learn all about the history of potatoes and the industry as it has grown in the state of Iowa. And check out some super huge chips!

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