Idaho, the incredible destination known for its immense beauty, breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventure is also home to some unusual attractions – here’s what not to miss:
Dog Bark Park Inn – the Beagle Bed and Breakfast
Only in Idaho can you sleep in the world’s biggest beagle. Dog Bark Park Inn is far more than a statue – it’s a bed and breakfast and roadside spectacle. Toby, the 12 foot beagle was built by artist Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin. This charming escape from the ordinary is a dog lovers dream – no less than twenty six dogs are carved into the headboard and you’ll find dog-shaped cookies on the pillow. The Inn sleeps four and offers a continental self-serve breakfast. You can enjoy prairie views and starry nights from a second story deck, and revel in Idaho’s delights during the day time; visit Hell’s Canyon, go horseback riding or whitewater rafting. Idaho’s big dog is a truly unforgettable experience!
The Potato Museum
Idaho is the largest producer of potatoes and home to the world’s largest potato chip, a 25 inch Pringle and it can be found in the state’s Potato Museum. Opened in 1988, the museum’s exhibits and murals show the potato’s journey to North America – a history often surprising to visitors. Families can learn about fun experiments with potatoes and visit the museum’s cinema. You’ll be wowed by such an eclectic collection of potato paraphernalia and no trip would be complete without a meal at the cafe, where they serve up potatoes in every way imaginable.
The Museum of Clean
The nation has been swept up in a movement of de-cluttering, making now a great time to visit Idaho’s Museum of Clean. Dedicated to the value that ‘clean’ brings to life (clean water, air, minds) the museum offers 75,000 square feet of history and education. It’s a great day out for the whole family, with fun, friendly staff, plenty of photo opportunities and interactive exhibits. The experience is designed to be hands on, with plenty of areas for children to play while learning about the value of ‘clean.’ This hidden gem is a truly unique experience – even the building itself is magnificent.
Idaho is ideal for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway. A year-round destination, wherever you choose to explore in this magnificent state, you will find spectacular scenery, fun things to do and friendly, helpful people. You will also find a place that is unhurried, unspoiled and unassuming. Adjacent to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho stretches from the top of Nevada and Utah to the Canadian border. The beautiful state has a variety of landscapes – from forests to desert and rugged mountains to broad farmlands.
Over 30 Scenic Byways across the state pave the way to adventure. Idaho offers unspoiled nature, white-water rafting, ranching experiences, Native American culture, biking, golf and wineries, spring through fall. Winter offers mountain sports with blue skies, sunshine and powder snow in a variety of destination resorts including Sun Valley. Powwows, rodeos, cultural celebrations and festivals fill the calendar with a variety of interesting choices.