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50 Things to Do in Idaho That Prove This State Is America's Best Kept Secret

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Emily Zemler) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 9: Start your Idaho journey off with a visit to the Idaho Potato Museum, which details the history of the root vegetable, as well as fun facts and trivia. Located in Blackfoot, the museum is oddly fascinating and, of course, features a café that serves up all sorts of potato-themed treats. Learn more 2. Sleep in a potato Speaking of potatoes, visitors can actually bunk up in one at the Big Idaho Potato Hotel. The 28-long potato sadly isn’t edible, but it does look like an actual spud. Bonus: It’s surprisingly chic. Book it 3. Explore Boise Idaho’s capital city is a great place for a weekend away, especially if you’re already located on the West Coast. There’s plenty to see and do, from museums to historic sites to a buzzy nightlife, and it’s always fun to get to know a city you haven’t previously been to. 4. Visit the Boise Art Museum While in Boise stop by the Boise Art Museum, which houses both a permanent collection and touring exhibitions. The museum also hosts special events, like artist talks, hands-on activities for adults and kids, and an annual open-air festival called Art in the Park. Learn more 5. Dine at Trillium Restaurant Located in the Grove Hotel, Trillium Restaurant is all about local ingredients, like trout and bison. It’s open for three meals a day, and the bar boasts a great selection of local beers, as well as wines and cocktails. It’s slightly pricy, but worth the splurge. Reserve a table 6. Stroll “Restaurant Row” For more great meals, head to Boise’s so-called Restaurant Row, a collection of eateries on 8th Street. Look for Wild Root Café and Market, Bittercreek Alehouse and Juniper, which is known for its must-do brunch. 7. See a show at the Knitting Factory Great live music can be found all over Boise, but one of the most popular venues is the Knitting Factory. It attracts a vast array of musicians, as well as comedians, and there’s always something for everyone on the calendar. Be sure to snag a ticket in advance if you want to attend one of the more popular acts. Learn more 8. Attend Boise Music Festival Of course, being around crowds is a no-no, but it’s good to know that Boise in normal times has some great music. Typically in June, there’s the annual Boise Music Festival, featuring both local and national artists. Learn more 9. Score a ticket to Treefort Music Fest Another great Boise festival is Treefort Music Fest, an annual spring festival that brings in bands from all over the world. There are also tons of other activities, and the festival is tailored to every type of visit, including families and kids. Again, hopefully this is something you can enjoy down the line when it’s these types of events are safe. Learn more 10. Drink craft beer Boise—and Idaho in general—is known for its local breweries, so it’s worth embarking on an official or unofficial tour of the best in town. These spots are offering takeout or open with mask requirements: Sockeye Grill and Brewery and Payette Brewing Company to try the wares. 11. Stroll the Boise River Greenbelt Boise boasts a 25-mile pathway along the Boise River that winds through the city and beyond known as the Greenbelt. The trail is perfect for a quick stroll or to cycle along the banks of the river, and is a don’t-miss for all visitors. Check out the city’s website for COVID updates.

1. Learn about potatoes

Start your Idaho journey off with a visit to the Idaho Potato Museum, which details the history of the root vegetable, as well as fun facts and trivia. Located in Blackfoot, the museum is oddly fascinating and, of course, features a café that serves up all sorts of potato-themed treats.

Learn more

2. Sleep in a potato

Speaking of potatoes, visitors can actually bunk up in one at the Big Idaho Potato Hotel. The 28-long potato sadly isn’t edible, but it does look like an actual spud. Bonus: It’s surprisingly chic.

Book it

3. Explore Boise

Idaho’s capital city is a great place for a weekend away, especially if you’re already located on the West Coast. There’s plenty to see and do, from museums to historic sites to a buzzy nightlife, and it’s always fun to get to know a city you haven’t previously been to.

4. Visit the Boise Art Museum

While in Boise stop by the Boise Art Museum, which houses both a permanent collection and touring exhibitions. The museum also hosts special events, like artist talks, hands-on activities for adults and kids, and an annual open-air festival called Art in the Park.

Learn more

5. Dine at Trillium Restaurant

Located in the Grove Hotel, Trillium Restaurant is all about local ingredients, like trout and bison. It’s open for three meals a day, and the bar boasts a great selection of local beers, as well as wines and cocktails. It’s slightly pricy, but worth the splurge.

Reserve a table

6. Stroll “Restaurant Row”

For more great meals, head to Boise’s so-called Restaurant Row, a collection of eateries on 8th Street. Look for Wild Root Café and Market, Bittercreek Alehouse and Juniper, which is known for its must-do brunch.

7. See a show at the Knitting Factory

Great live music can be found all over Boise, but one of the most popular venues is the Knitting Factory. It attracts a vast array of musicians, as well as comedians, and there’s always something for everyone on the calendar. Be sure to snag a ticket in advance if you want to attend one of the more popular acts.

Learn more

8. Attend Boise Music Festival

Of course, being around crowds is a no-no, but it’s good to know that Boise in normal times has some great music. Typically in June, there’s the annual Boise Music Festival, featuring both local and national artists.

Learn more

9. Score a ticket to Treefort Music Fest

Another great Boise festival is Treefort Music Fest, an annual spring festival that brings in bands from all over the world. There are also tons of other activities, and the festival is tailored to every type of visit, including families and kids. Again, hopefully this is something you can enjoy down the line when it’s these types of events are safe.

Learn more

10. Drink craft beer

Boise—and Idaho in general—is known for its local breweries, so it’s worth embarking on an official or unofficial tour of the best in town. These spots are offering takeout or open with mask requirements: Sockeye Grill and Brewery and Payette Brewing Company to try the wares.

11. Stroll the Boise River Greenbelt

Boise boasts a 25-mile pathway along the Boise River that winds through the city and beyond known as the Greenbelt. The trail is perfect for a quick stroll or to cycle along the banks of the river, and is a don’t-miss for all visitors. Check out the city’s website for COVID updates.

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