Idaho is located in the northwestern part of the country and bordered by British Columbia to its north, Washington and Oregon to its west, Wyoming to its east and Utah and Nevada to its south. Its official nickname is “The Gem State” due to the abundant gems found in the area. It’s sometimes also called as the “Potato State” because of its most popular crop. The top three industries are manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. There are many fun festivals and tourist spots in Idaho. According to the U.S. Travel Association, Idaho’s tourism industry hauls in about $3.4 billion, employs about 30,000 locals and generates $500 million in tax revenues.
Why Tourists Come to Idaho
Shakespeare Festival – Takes place from June – September and is one of the best family events in the state. Seniors over 65 and even kids under 6. The festival has been around for more than three decades and has continued to entertain and educate its audience while supporting artists, playwrights and its many artistic staff. Picnicking is encouraged!
Coeur D’Alene and Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festivals – the boat festival takes place in August and draws in exhibitors and boat enthusiasts. The event showcases antique and classic boats, kiddie boat building booth, model displays, vendor booths, a wine bar, food booths, treasure hunts, games and contests. And a parade of boats.
Lewiston Roundup – A rodeo fair-like event for the entire family, this celebration has been around for over 8 decades complete with performances, bucking, food booths, crafts and plenty of activities for kids to join in. It’s more than your regular rodeo event. More Idaho Flag questions are answered here.
International Selkirk Loop – is a scenic drive that loops around the Selkirk Mountain and travels from the Canadian border all the way down to US Highway 95. It goes through many outdoor attractions along the way, which is why it’s more than just a loop to visitors, it’s a whole new adventure.
Sun Valley – Sun Valley offers a wide range of outdoor recreation; biking, hiking, golf, fishing, river rafting and ice skating (during the winter months). Its awesome location and majestic scenery draw visitors from all over the globe. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve – Entertaining and educational, the Preserve allows visitors to explore and understand lava landscape, lava cones, caves, and craters. It is also a popular spot for Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months.
If you’re a proud Idahoan and a proud citizen of this nation, then show it. Take advantage of the national celebrations and events happening in your state to show how much you respect and support your country, remember you only have one.
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