Special churches and temples
The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS
for short) belongs to the Mormon denomination group,
which, with 1.7% of the population in the United States,
is the third largest religious community in North
America. The LDS currently has around 14 million
followers worldwide, of which around 7.3 million live in
the USA. After Utah and California, most of the 400,000
Mormons live in Idaho. For all of these states,
protecting and preserving Mormon culture is an important
goal. The state has approximately 1,050 parishes, 4
temples and 2 missions. The LDS headquarters in Idaho is
located in Idaho Falls.
Ahavath Beth Israel Temple in
The Ahavath Beth Israel Temple is a community
synagogue in Boise that belongs to the Union of
Progressive Jews. The building was built in 1896 and is
said to be the oldest Jewish prayer house west of the
Mississippi River in the United States. The style is
described as modern Moorish. It is particularly
characterized by many round arches and horseshoe shapes
that adorn the interior and exterior of the synagogue.
In 1972 the synagogue was included in the National
Register of Historic Places. After moving in 2003, the
building is now located on Latah Street in Boise.
Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is the first temple to
be built in Idaho. He is a member of the LDS, the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The bright white
building and the heart of the city was completed in 1941
and has adorned the banks of the Snake River ever since.
The entire site is located just above the waterfall and
is probably the most romantic place in Idaho Falls,
especially at sunset. But not only the sound of the
waterfall enchants its visitors, the gardens also have a
lot of charm. The visitor center is open every day.
Rexburg Idaho Temple
2003 announced the construction of the third temple
of the LDS and finished 5 years later in February 2008.
The 52 m building is located on the campus of the
private Brigham-Young University in Rexburg and, like
most of the city, lies on a shield volcano. Until its
completion in 2008, BYU was the only university of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that could
not register a campus-owned temple. The temple has a
size of approx. 5,300 mē.
Boise Hare Krishna Temple in
1986 the Boise Hare Krishna Temple was founded near
Boise State University. It is the first Hindu Krishna
temple in Boise and was designed by local architect
Bruce Poe. The entire building is a work of art:
brightly painted ceilings and windows and, above all,
the elegant golden dome are the pride of its followers.
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Big celebrations and events
Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise
The annual Shakespeare Festival has been held in
Boise since 1977. The great success and the popular
comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was the first
performance of the festival. Since then, countless
pieces by Shakespeare have been performed, but musicals,
dramas and contemporary theater by other artists have
been rehearsed for the public at the Shakespeare
Festival and Amphitheater & Reserve. The 770 seats in
the state-of-the-art show stage are mostly completely
sold out, thus fulfilling the theater's mission to
educate, entertain and produce great theater.
Festival at Sandpoint
The annual music festival in the 5,000 soul village
of Sandpoint is the largest of its kind in all of Idaho.
Since it was founded in 1982, visitor numbers have
quadrupled and the mission of combining music and art
has paid off. Genres of all kinds and musicians of all
sizes are represented annually in the picturesque sand
rock. On the shores of Lake Pend Oreille you can enjoy
rock, electro, classical or folk and etc. for 10 days -
there is something for everyone. If it gets too much for
you, you can simply retreat to the picturesque nature.
The Statefair has been held annually in Boise since
1897. Mostly towards the end of summer, thousands of
visitors come to the capital to buy and sell cattle and
grain, to see rodeos and to have a few good days.
However, as in all the other states, the Statefair in
Idaho has developed more from an agricultural event
towards a fair and a festival and is therefore not only
something for breeders and farmers, but also for
children and young people.
Snake River Stampede Rodeo
The annual rodeo in Nampa has existed since around
1900 and has developed from a small horse hump show to
one of the most popular rodeos in the USA. The Snake
River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa, officially founded in
1937, is now one of the best in the world. The
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the USA has
included it among the top 12 most professional rodeos in
the United States and it is ranked 8th in the world. off
rodeo week (in German: opening week) ushered in with
games that can be enjoyed by stalls and booths.
Zoos and parks
Boise Zoo The Boise
Zoo is located in Julia Davis Park, which is located
in the center of the city. It was founded in 1916 and is
home to around 300 animals.
Barber Park in Boise
The Barber Park in Boise is the starting point for
most Boise River Floaters. It is located in Ada County
Park, approximately 6 miles from the city center. From
here you can rent rafts, inflatables and tires and drive
down the Boise River. There are some stations where you
can stop to e.g. B. take a drink or fill the boat with
air. The Barber Park Station can be found on Eckert Road
between Warm Springs and Boise Avenue.
Idaho Botanical Gardens in Boise
The botanical garden in Idaho's capital (IBG for
short) is a private non-profit organization that could
also be called a living museum. The first seeds were
sown in 1984 and the IBG has grown steadily through
numerous donations and the support of many volunteers.
Today there are 14 different gardens that are also used
for growing. The botanical garden is particularly
popular for weddings and events, but it is of course
also visited by school classes or plant lovers.
Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls
The Idaho Falls Zoo is located in the Tautphaus Park
in Idaho Falls and is the perfect place for the whole
family. The Tautphause Zoo is not a normal, small
village zoo, but offers a large number of animals from
different continents, various plants and landscapes. 400
animals live here, which can be admired from extremely
close proximity. Education grants make it possible to
even visit, care for and study them in their “natural
habitat”. Penguin feeding and the petting zoo are
Pocatello is both the administrative seat and the
largest city in Bannock County. Here you will also find
the Pocatello Zoo, which is home to animals from the
local area, which you rarely see in their wild. So you
can find z. B. grizzly bears, lynxes, cougars,
buffaloes, coyotes, moose, deer, owls, birds of prey and
Yellowstone National Park
People lived in the region around 5,000 years ago
because arrowheads were found that could be assigned to
this period. Yellowstone National Park was established
in 1872 and included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in
1979. Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming (96%),
Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%). The national park is
particularly known for its geothermal springs - such as
geysers and mud pots - as well as for its wildlife, such
as bison, grizzly bears or wolves.
Other natural beauties
Minidoca National Historic Site
About 60 km from the Hagerman Fossil Beds National
Monument is the Minidoca Memorial, located in Jerome
County and classified as a Historic Monument in 2001.
The monument commemorates the Minidoca War Relocation
Center, an internment camp during World War II, into
which nearly 7,500 Japanese Americans were deported
during the years 1942-1945. The ruins and plaques on the
site are intended to commemorate the poor living
conditions of the people in Minidoca, who were forcibly
relocated to the 130 kmē area after the attacks on Pearl
City of Rocks National Reserve
The City of Rocks National Reserve is a conservation
area located approximately 2 miles north of the Utah
border. The area became a landmark in 1843 for the
California Trail immigrants who had to pass through the
mountainous area on their way through Nevada. As a
reminder, many of them left their names or initials in
the stones and these can still be read in the so-called
Register Rock. The area is now particularly popular with
mountaineers as it offers some of the toughest routes in
the United States - among them the area is simply known
as The City. The landscape is characterized by huge
monoliths and granite peaks from Almopluton, some of
which are older than 2.5 billion years. Theoretically,
you could climb up to 2700 m - that's the height of
Graham Peak, the largest elevation in the city.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and
The Craters of the Moon National Monument and
Preserve has been a protected area on the Snake River
plain since 2000. It lies south of Salmon in the
Counties Butte and Blaine. With 25 volcanic cones, the
park is the largest young basalt lava field on the
mainland of the USA. There are 3 different types of soil
in the area: there are the young lava fields that have
mostly remained undeveloped, the older lava fields on
which sand sediments and loess have accumulated and the
old lava fields, which are covered by approx. 1,000 kmē
of steppe and grassland. A visit is worthwhile in any
case, but the visitor groups concentrate almost
exclusively on the northern part of the area.
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a
recreational area that is largely in Oregon, but also in
Idaho. The approx. 16 km wide Hells Canyon (in English:
Hell Canyon) with an incredible depth of 2,438 m is the
deepest gorge in the USA formed by a river (Snake
River). The area was put under protection in 1975 and is
managed by the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. If
you want to visit Hells Canyon, you should be fit,
because there is no transport connection.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National
Since 1988 the Hagerman Fossil Beds National
Monument has been a nature reserve in southern Idaho. It
is located in the Snake River Plains and covers an area
of approximately 18 kmē. The first excavations took
place in the area in the 1930s, during which fossils
from the Pliocene epoch up to 3.5 million years old were
found. Particular importance is attached to the
Hagermann horse, which was washed into its place of
discovery by the current of the Snake River and is today
exhibited as a skeleton.
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is a 3,150 kmē
recreational area in central Idaho. It includes three
forests: the Boise, Challis, and Sawtooth National
Forest, which are managed by the U.S. Forest Service for
Forest Conservation. The area is surrounded by numerous
lakes, rivers and mountains and is the perfect place for
every dropout who likes hiking, fishing or water sports.
If you bring peace and patience, you can observe
numerous birds, reptiles and mammals in the Sawtooth
National Recreation Area - including wolves, which were
reintroduced into the area in 1990.
Shoeshone Falls, also called "Niagara of the West",
is a waterfall that is located about 5 km east of the
city of Twin Falls in southwest Idaho. The waterfall is
part of the Snake River and, at just under 65 m, is even
15 m higher than the Niagara Falls. The Shoeshones Fall
is approximately 300 m wide and has a total discharge of
around 100 mģ per second.
Massacre Rocks State Park
The Massacre Rocks State Park is a 4 kmē area in
Power City in southeastern Idaho. It was part of the
march on the Oregon and California Trail. The area on
the banks of the wild Snake River was also known by the
pioneers as a "death gate" or - as the actual name
suggests - "massacre rock". Some of them are said to
have died when crossing the narrow passages through the
boulders. In 1976, the area created by volcanic
eruptions was named State Park.
Farragut State Park
Farragut State Park has been a nature reserve in the
Coeur d'Alene Mountains since 1964, bordering Lake Pend
Oreille in the south. The name comes from David
Farragut, the first admiral of the US Navy. To
commemorate him, not only the park was named after him,
but also the Farragut Naval Base, a naval training
station not far from the park. The entire area is 16.8
kmē and is just under 626 m above sea level. The park is
particularly well known and popular with scouts who
organize their national tournaments in the Farragut.
The world-famous Balanced Rock is located in Salmon
Falls Creek Canyon, south of Buhl in Twin Falls County.
It is an approximately 14.6 m high and 40 tonne rock,
which is balanced by a base - not larger than 1 m. For
decades, people have been wondering how long the
wind-shaped package can still be worn.
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park is a 143 mē sand dune in
southwest Idaho. The park offers typical flora and fauna
of the North American desert and prairie, but also lake
and swamp areas. It is the perfect place for hiking,
horseback riding, fishing, camping or swimming. In
Bruneau Park there are also two observatories that offer
an unforgettable moment at night to observe the stars up
close. No cars are allowed on the site, but there are
countless hiking or riding trails from which you can
explore the entire area. The visitor center offers
snacks, but also information on local wildlife, fossils
and the sand dunes.