According to collegesanduniversitiesinusa, this small town on the banks of the wild Salmon River was once an important trading post. Salmon was on the route of pioneers Lewis and Clark who were looking for a navigable route from Illinois to the Pacific in the early 1800s. Today, the 3,200-inhabitant town serves tourists as an ideal starting point for exploring the region. Again, all kinds of outdoor activities are available. There is everything from kayaking and rafting to skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling in the winter. The small town is also the birthplace of the Indian leader Sacajawea. A cultural center on the main street of Salmon is dedicated to her.
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
This scenic region is just 8 miles north of Ketchum. The 310,000 hectare region includes rivers, mountain meadows and the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Sawtooth Range. For visitors coming from Sun Valley via Hwy 75, the best starting point for exploring the area is the 8,000-foot Galena Summit. From here you have a great view of the Salmon River to the north.
The 1,890 m high hamlet of Stanley (75 inhabitants) in the Sawtooth Mountains has often been counted among the most beautiful spots in the USA. The unpaved roads and the facades of the wooden houses convey Wild West flair – even though the fashionable holiday resort of Sun Valley is just under an hour’s drive away. Another natural sensation is Redfish Lake, about 10 miles from Stanley. The Sawtooth Recreation Area is great for hiking and camping. There are around 50 campsites.
French trappers gave their name to this border post in the 19th century. “Boise” means “wooded” – and today the capital – and at the same time also the largest city in Idaho – seems a little sleepy, but correspondingly idyllic. Boise has around 200,000 inhabitants, whose largest building is undoubtedly the State Capitol, which was completed in 1920 after 15 years of construction. A special feature of the building is that it is geothermal heated and was constructed from sandstone blocks hewn by inmates at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Incidentally, the prison, which was in operation from 1872 to 1973, is now considered one of the top sights in the state. In addition to the individual cells for the “big boys”, the cell blocks and the gallows can also be viewed. According to legend, the old buildings are haunted. Ghost hunting is at the annual Frightened Felons October bash. (2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, )
Boise’s historic center is on the three streets south of the Capitol, which is home to numerous late Victorian homes. Worth seeing is the oldest Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House, completed in 1864, which today houses the Basque Museum And Cultural Center. The museum takes visitors back to the days of the Basque shepherds in western America. Basque festivals are also celebrated several times a year. (611 W Grove St; Boise ). Additional cultural centers are located at Julia Davis Park, a fourteen acre green space along the Boise River.
Birds of prey enthusiasts should pay a visit to the Peregrine Fund World Center for Images of Prey. The organization is considered one of the most successful in breeding birds of prey – particularly the peregrine falcon (Peregrine falcon), which was almost wiped out in the US in the 1970s due to pesticides. Visitors can see a variety of birds of prey up close. (5668 W Flying Hawk Ln (about 15 minutes outside of downtown Boise)
In the late 1930’s, Union Pacific Railroad owner Averell Harriman founded what has become known far beyond the country’s borders as one of the West’s premier ski resorts. The Tyrolean-style Sun Valley Lodge was opened together with the ski area in 1936. At that time, the invited guests included Hollywood stars such as Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and the legendary writer Ernest Hemingway. They established the ski resort’s fame that has lasted to this day and still attracts the rich and famous to Sun Valley. In the meantime, the ski circus on the slopes of the 2,789m high Bald Mountain has grown many times over.
However, before Sun Valley became a ski resort, there was mining and sheep farming. The administrative center was the nearby town of Ketchum. Despite its many stars and hype, Sun Valley has remained a Wild West town in character. For more information: 1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, Idaho