Idaho Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

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 Boise
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 m².

Boise Hare Krishna Temple in Boise
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.

Idaho Fair
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 particularly popular.

Pocatello Zoo
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 many more.

National parks

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 km² area after the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

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 Preserve
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 km² 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 Monument
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 km². 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 km² 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.

Shoshone Falls
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 m³ per second.

Massacre Rocks State Park
The Massacre Rocks State Park is a 4 km² 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 km² 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.

Balanced Rock
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 m² 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.

Bruneau Dunes State Park