Idaho: Not Just Potatoes


I have never set foot in Idaho so excuse me if I sound uninformed when I say, the biggest thing Idaho has going on is potatoes. It’s the only thing that came to mind when I realized our road trip would take us through the state. I could not think of one other thing it was known for. Oh wait, I know the capital city is Boise, but that’s about it. Come to find out, Idaho has a lot going on!

Twin Falls (4)

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Map

Malad River Canyon – An Unplanned Detour

Our first stop in Idaho is at the Devil’s Washbowl in Malad Gorge State Park in Hagerman. We noticed the sign right off Interstate 84 and decided at the last minute to take a detour to check it out. We are so glad we did because we would have never known we were driving over the dramatic 250-foot deep canyon formed by the Malad River.

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

Twin Falls – Where the Fearless Go

Twin Falls claim to fame is the daredevil Evel Knievel’s attempt to power rocket over Idaho’s Snake River Canyon in 1974. His parachute deployed early, pushing him toward the raging river. Luckily, he dropped in on land and only suffered minor injuries including a broken nose. Unsuccessful, but still an impressive effort.

Idaho Things to Do

The 500-foot deep canyon is still the place for the fearless. The Perrine Bridge spans over the canyon and is popular for free-falling BASE jumpers. It is allowed year round without a permit. We were excited to catch one while we were walking along the trail. I don’t think I’d have the stomach for it, but it sure looks exhilarating.

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

In Twin Falls, we stayed at Hampton Inn for only $19 because we cashed in our free night reward. They give a free night (up to the average cost spent for the total) for every qualifying 10 nights booked through their site.

Shoshone Falls Park – Rainbows and Waterfalls

Shoshone Falls Park, just a short drive from downtown Twin Falls, is a must-stop in the area. At 212 feet high, the falls are slightly taller than Niagara Falls. In the spring, the runoff surges causing a more mighty display than what we are seeing. Admission is $3.00 per car and provides access to picnic spots and a swimming area.

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

Idaho Things to Do

A Surreal Experience at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Moonwalking, aliens and charcoal are all things you’ll think of when traversing through this strange land. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an expansive volcanic lava field in southwestern Idaho. Its bizarre landscape has lava tube caves, volcanic rifts, cinder and splatter cones.

“A weird and scenic landscape, peculiar to itself.” ~ President Calvin Coolidge

Idaho Things to Do

Make sure to get a free permit at the Visitor Center for access to the caves. We drove the 7-mile loop and stopped at all the short hikes and ended our day exploring three lava tube caves. Climbing rocks and ladders to explore a cave created by lava is a kid’s (or my husband’s) dream. My nephews would love something like this! We put on our headlamp and laced up our shoes to begin the escapade.

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Pocatello, Idaho

We stayed overnight in Pocatello at a Rodeway Inn and Suites in the heart of University of Idaho’s campus. We’ve had good and bad experiences at Rodeway Inns on this trip. This particular one is in bad shape. They’ve been the cheap option ($61) so we deal with it, but nothing like our previous stay at Hampton. I’m just happy when I wake up in the middle of the night, I don’t have to put my shoes on and walk outside to the bathroom!

Idaho Things to Do
Look what we found in the town of Pocatello.

Portneuf Valley Brewery

For dinner, we took a short walk over to Portneuf Valley Brewery. The food was excellent. We were going to share our meals, but neither of us wanted to give them up. My husband ordered the Happy Camper IPA and Belligerent Ass Nut Brown. To which I couldn’t help but say, you are what you drink. Good thing I didn’t order their Bitter Bitch! I enjoyed the Krystal Weizen, a light crisp summer beer. After dinner, we were back at the hotel gearing up for another day on the road.

Utah, here we come!

Idaho Things to Do

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 2 Canadian province and 13 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven: 499

Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 8,441

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.29

State: Idaho

All States Visited: Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia & Alberta Provinces, Washington, Oregon

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

13 Responses

  1. Kevin

    Omg wow!, what a great place and looks sooo lush, never heard of this place but its going on my bucket list, thanks for sharing. 😊😊

  2. Carlie

    Sounds like you guys are getting to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of many places. I appreciate the honest reviews of the lodgings. Taking an affordable road trip means skimping a little on the lodgings to keep costs down. That doesn’t always translate into feeling comfortable or even safe. Appreciate the honesty!

    • Dang Travelers

      Exactly! We are averaging around $87 a day including food, lodging, excursions and gas. It’s not the cheapest we could do because we like our brewery visits and dinners, but it’s not too bad considering!

  3. Kerri

    This is really stunning. I have really opened my mind up in the last 12 months to the US. Not that it was closed before, but there is just so much by way of amazing natural landscapes that I know I want to see. I’ve been focussing more on the cityscapes over the years. Idaho looks absolutely beautiful.

  4. Corinne

    I think Idaho potatoes are awesome, so the state should be awesome, too right? You did find some beautiful places to explore. I love that lave field.

  5. Evan Kristine

    I’ve never thought of Idaho as a destination but I did not know that they are well known for their potatoes! That was a fun fact 😀

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