Idaho Bucket List: What Do You Want To Do First



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?

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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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