Life's Sweet Journey: 5 Reasons to Visit Idaho || #TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Thursday, January 10, 2019

5 Reasons to Visit Idaho || #TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Happy #TravelTuesday Thursday fellow adventurers!! 
I may be a day behind, but with the rate that I am accomplishing things so far in 2019 I am taking that as a win- anyone else feel like they haven't quite caught up yet?! 
Can't wait to see all your travel posts! 

I am kicking off the year by sharing one of my favorite spots of 2018! After spending 7 months on the road, and traipsing through over 20 different states, you might be surprised to find that my favorite one was Idaho... yes, Idaho! I was just a shocked! We planned to drive through, spending a night on the way out west and again on the way back east. Plans changed quickly and here's why...

5 Reasons to Visit Idaho

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Idaho

1.) Lush, Beautiful Waterfalls 

We spent the majority of our time out west in the winter, so needless to say, there was a lot of brown. Literally we crossed the border into southern Idaho and I screamed at Babe, "stop! Pull over!! Look, look... that scenic turn-off; get over, take it!! STOP!!" We scrambled out of the truck in Twin Falls, Idaho and into paradise! Nothing but lush, green views with waterfalls literally cascading from every direction. They weren't huge, wide powerful things, but instead these thin beautiful lines of water falling to the earth up and down the expanse of rock wall leading down to the river. Then, amidst all this beauty I see someone jump right off the huge bridge we were parked next to... base jumping!! I had always wanted to see someone BASE jump and the colorful suit set against the gorgeous backdrop made it the perfect entrance into my new favorite state!

5 Things to do in Idaho
Shoshone Falls Reasons to Visit Idaho

2.) Shoshone Falls 

Twin Falls, Idaho should basically be called "million falls Idaho"! It has thin, beautiful falls and it is also home to Shoshone Falls, sometimes called the "Niagara of the West". Now, I have never seen Niagara Falls, but I kept saying "this is what I always imagined Niagara would look like". Shoshone Falls was beautiful, but also had such immense power that we could feel the spray of water even from very far away. There is a $3.00 car fee if you want to drive down to the base or you can park up at the top and hike in. Shoshone Falls is located on the Snake River and is definitely worth a visit! 

3.) Shoshone Indian Ice Cave 

Such a cool place- literally!! You wouldn't expect to find ice in the middle of the desert, especially at the end of May, but there it was. In the middle of nowhere, on a nondescript roadside reservation, site the Shoshone Indian Ice Cave. Set in the ground, in a lava tube the cool air gets trapped creating ice from water inside the cave. We were there towards the end of the season, but were told that sometimes the ice gets so high it covers the boardwalks. It's $10 per adult to visit Shoshone Ice Caves and well worth the $$! 

Shoshone Ice Cave Reasons to Visit Idaho
Sublett Reservoir Idaho Free Camping
Sublett Reservoir Idaho Boondocking Free Camping Idaho

4.) Best Boondocking in the US 

Idaho also won our vote for best boondocking spot in the US; at least in our opinion! Babe found this beautiful spot on and after driving down a gravel road, with no cell service and praying the gps coordinates worked, we entered into this heavenly space! Surrounded by gorgeous, green mountains on all sides I literally felt like I was in The Sound of Music and couldn't stop singing "The hills are alive..." We had the entire place to ourselves and soaked in as much of the beauty as we could in one night! If we could have stayed the entire 14 days that is allowed I would have, but there is no cell service and we had to pack it up after one night so that we could work. 

5.) Route of the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail 

While most of our time in Idaho was spent in southern Idaho, we also passed through Northern Idaho on our way to Glacier NP. Friends recommended we do the Route of the Hiawatha and we are so glad we did! It was one of our favorite experiences on the road! The Route of the Hiawatha is a 15 mile downhill bike trail covering an old train trestle. You pass through old tunnels (one of which is over a mile long) and over train trestles that seem sky high! While most people do this on their mountain bikes, we braved it on our beach cruisers. It's all downhill, so we didn't have to pedal like crazy and our bikes withstood most of the rocky bumps; sure, we popped our chains once or twice, but our sweet little Huffy cruisers survived!! 
Route of the Hiawatha Visit Idaho
Route of the Hiawatha Visit Idaho

The cost to do the trail is about $25 per person ($12 for the trail pass, $10 for the shuttle; I also rented a helmet for $7.00). You do need a flashlight attached to your bike or helmet  to do the trail, which can be rented as well. We chose to duct tape our own small, handheld flashlights to our bikes. While they worked, I would recommend something a little stronger. The mile long tunnel gets completely dark and the light from our little flashlights didn't allow us to see very far, making us feel really disoriented (it also gets really cold in the tunnels- even in summer- so be sure to bring a light jacket). On our second pass through the longest tunnel we turned on our iPhone flashlights as well and that definitely helped a lot! 

We really loved Idaho! Babe wasn't as on-board about Idaho as I was, until we did the Route of the Hiawatha; he kept saying I only loved it because we hadn't seen green in so long, but once we rode the Hiawatha he was 100% sold. If you have never thought about visiting Idaho I would highly recommend changing your mind! 

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  1. Such a beautiful place! I would absolutely love to visit Idaho with my family!

  2. How cool! I’m from Twin Falls, Idaho. Born and raised and still here today (: I guess I take it for granted sometimes after spending so many years here!

    1. Oh my goodness! Twin Falls was so wonderful! But yes, I totally understand that. We live in Orlando and practically grew up on the beach, but I didn't really how much I love the ocean until I was landlocked for 6 months.

  3. So smart that you just taped on your own flashlight to your rented helmet. Seems like you had so much fun!

  4. The Shoshone Falls are gorgeous! I need to add Idaho to my list of states to visit now! :)

  5. Those waterfall shots are INcredible! I'm not one for mountain biking too much but for views like that? And that ice cave! Ive never heard of such a thing and never thought of Idaho as a desert.

    1. Most of it isn't; its so lush and green, but the area leading to the ice caves was very flat and dry.

  6. Idaho looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit. I hope I get to visit one of these days.

  7. I have to admit Idaho has never been on my radar but it looks beautiful. Never imagined there were waterfalls and that it is so green.

  8. Looks like an amazing place to visit. My husband loves the outdoors and he would love to vacation in Idaho.

  9. I don't think I've given Idaho much of a thought at all so I'm glad to read this! I will definitely add it to the list now!


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