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Idaho Bucket List: What Do You Want To Do First

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What do you want to do first on the Idaho Bucket List?
This list inspires us to get out there and enjoy our beau­ti­ful state.  What do you want to do first?

Com­ment here and 6:45 tomor­row morning.

Idaho’s nearly 84,000 square miles of breath­tak­ing views, rugged ter­rain, and unique land­marks mean the Gem State is rife with recre­ation and site-seeing options. It could take a life­time to see it all. In the spirit of the new year, we’ve com­piled a list of the 75 things you must expe­ri­ence in Idaho — at least once.

Con­sider this list a start­ing place for your own Idaho bucket list. By no means is this a defin­i­tive list. Send us more Idaho must-dos using the hash­tag #IDbucketlist.

75. Bike the Hiawatha Trail.

74. Have a pic­nic at Shoshone Falls on the Snake River near Twin Falls.

73. Swim in Idaho’s deep­est lake, Pend Oreille. It’s mea­sured at 1,170 feet and is one of North America’s deep­est lakes.

72. Stand directly under the Idaho Capi­tol dome and snap a photo.

71. Pick fruit at an Emmett orchard.

70. Visit Boise’s Botan­i­cal Gardens.

69. Pick huckleberries.

68. See Boise State’s blue turf in person.

67. Catch an Idaho trout.

66. Visit Avery’s his­toric rail­road depot.

65. Take the gon­dola to the top of Sil­ver Moun­tain in Kellogg.

64. Eat fried cheese at Meridian’s Hun­gry Onion Drive-In (or get a burger like Clint East­wood did in the movie ‘Bronco Billy’).

63. Float through Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River, the deep­est river canyon in the United States.

62. Visit the home­town of tele­vi­sion inven­tor Philo T. Farnsworth at the Jef­fer­son County His­tor­i­cal Museum in Rigby.

61. Cross-country ski, snow­shoe or snow­mo­bile at the top of 4th of July Pass on the his­toric Mul­lan Trail.

60. Eat break­fast at Ketchum’s ‘The Kneadery.’

59. Go spelunk­ing at Craters of the Moon.

58. Cut your own Christ­mas tree from an Idaho forest.

57. Get a milk­shake at Moon’s Kitchen Cafe in Boise.

56. Pan for gold.

55. Learn the words to the Idaho state song.

54. Drive Idaho’s scenic High­way 12 from Lewis­ton to the Mon­tana border.

53. Sip a soda at one of Idaho’s old­est soda foun­tains, the Cor­ner Drug in Driggs.

52. Take the carriage-drawn Fright Night Ghost tour of Twin Falls.

51. Bike or walk the entire length of Boise’s Greenbelt.

50. Hit a golf ball at Idaho’s famous float­ing hole at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

49. Sam­ple local foods at Boise’s Farmer’s Market.

48. Watch pro­ceed­ings at the Idaho Legislature.

47. Stroll through the Uni­ver­sity of Idaho’s New England-inspired landscape.

46. Hike to Heaven’s Gate on the Nez Perce National For­est. At 8,400 feet, you can see four states; Idaho, Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon and Montana.

45. Watch a con­tainer ship dock at the Port of Lewiston.

44. Visit the Idaho Potato Museum in Black­foot, Idaho.

43. Attend the Trail­ing of the Sheep Fes­ti­val in Ketchum, Idaho.

42. Go to a drive-in movie at the Spud Drive In on High­way 33 near Driggs.

41. Get a slice of pie from Trudy’s Kitchen in Idaho City.

40. Visit Sacagawea’s birth­place and tour the Saca­jawea Inter­pre­tive Cen­ter in Salmon, Idaho.

39. Hike in to Gold­bug Hot Springs south of Salmon.

38. Attend the National Old­time Fid­dlers Con­test and Fes­ti­val in Weiser.

37. Stretch your legs and take in the moun­tain air atop Lolo Pass on the Idaho/Montana border.

36. Eat a Rocky Moun­tain Oyster.

35. Visit Idaho’s his­toric McConnell Man­sion, the 1880s governor’s man­sion in Moscow.

34. Ride a roller­coaster at Sil­ver­wood Theme Park.

33. Get an under­ground mine tour at one of North Idaho’s his­toric mines.

32. Watch the sun­set at Cataldo’s Mis­sion of the Sacred Heart, Idaho’s old­est building.

31. Float the Boise River beyond the usual stretch of Bar­ber Park to Ann Mor­ri­son Park.

30. Eat Idaho-style fin­ger steaks. While you’re at it, make sure you dip your Idaho french fries in some fry sauce.

29. Ride the Thun­der Moun­tain Line, an his­toric train ride along the Payette River.

28. Tour some of Idaho’s ghost towns; Sil­ver City, Custer, Bonanza, Chester­field, Rock Creek Station.

27. Take a ride on Rexburg’s his­toric wooden carousel, first built in 1926.

26. See the hourly geyser erup­tion at Soda Springs.

25. Get a des­ig­nated dri­ver and do the ‘Bovill Run,’ a sto­ried tour of dive bars between Moscow and Bovill, Idaho pop­u­lar­ized by beer-thirsty col­lege students.

24. Visit the Oasis Bor­dello Museum, a Wal­lace brothel that was in busi­ness for a cen­tury and closed its doors in 1988.

23. Get a Chorizo sand­wich and Cro­que­tas at one of down­town Boise’s Basque restaurants.

22. Put on your moon boots and visit Pre­ston, Idaho, the film­ing loca­tion for ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’

21. Tour the Shoshone Ice Caves.

20. Wit­ness (or do) a base­jump from the 486 foot Per­rine Bridge on the Snake River.

19. Visit the Bear River Mas­sacre site in remem­brance of the 250 Amer­i­can Indi­ans who were killed there.

18. Hike in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

17. Snap a pic­ture with the two-story wooden owl at the Owl Club in Salmon.

16. Take a drive along the St. Joe Scenic River Byway.

15. Stay at Ernest Hemingway’s Suite 206 at the Sun Val­ley Lodge.

14. Go white­wa­ter raft­ing on the Salmon River.

13. Pho­to­graph the Saw­tooth Moun­tains near Ketchum.

12. Take a drive down the Thou­sand Springs Scenic Byway (Old High­way 30) and visit the alli­ga­tors at Mir­a­cle Hot Springs.

11. Grab a ‘no frills’ burger from Hudson’s Ham­burg­ers in Coeur d’Alene. It’s been in busi­ness for more than a century!

10. Attend the McCall Win­ter Carnival.

9. Enjoy a per­for­mance under the stars at the Idaho Shake­speare festival.

8. Slide down the Bruneau Sand Dunes or stay the night and watch the stars come out at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory.

7. Fly-fish on the Henry’s Fork near Island Park, Idaho.

6. Fol­low the Ore­gon Trail for a few miles. In parts of south­ern Idaho, you can still find orig­i­nal ruts from the wagons.

5. Get a square ice cream cone at the Rainey Creek Coun­try Store in Swan Valley.

4. Skinny dip in one of Idaho’s remote moun­tain lakes.

3. Hike to the top of Moscow Moun­tain. At nearly 5,000 feet you’ll see views of the Clear­wa­ter and Snake River Canyons, the Palouse Prairie and Seven Devil Mountains.

2. Canoe on Red­fish Lake.

1. Spend the night in a for­est fire lookout.

 

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