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What Are the Pros and Cons of Living in Idaho?

Idaho mountain outdoor scenery
Idaho is known as the "Gem State," and it's an appropriate nickname: Idaho is a gem of the west, with rugged mountains, plenty of public land and open space, and activities for winter or summer that the whole family will enjoy. Moving to Idaho has become a popular endeavor, though, with Idaho becoming the fastest-growing state in the US in 2020 with a population increase of 2.12%. With growth comes plenty of pros and cons, so we broke them down here.

Getting Out of the House During Covid

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Traveling during the pandemic means taking some extra precautions, but as we look ahead at 2021, we realize that many of us are ready to get out there. It's okay - you can travel safely and keep your family healthy and safe by making careful travel choices. The best way to experience something new and get out of the house during COVID is to go outside. We have just the place for you! In Idaho, you can find wide-open spaces and plenty of social distancing while still making new memories and exploring a new place.

The Best Day Trips from Boise

Idaho skiers in the mountains
Idaho and nearby areas are some of the best playgrounds for outdoor activities in any season. If you're heading to Boise for a visit, just moved to the area, or are a long-time local, check out these fun day trips nearby to explore Idaho!

Top Two Idaho Destinations

Sun Valley, Idaho mountain range at sunrise
Whether you’re heading to Idaho for the first time or a resident of the Gem State looking to explore, there are some can’t-miss places that you’ll want to go back to in summer and winter. The main two long-time central Idaho vacation spots are Sun Valley and Stanley. If you haven’t been to these unique Idaho attractions or are anxious to get back, here’s why locals love these locations and return year after year, season after season.

Best Hiking Trails in Stanley

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Are you ready to get outside? Idaho has 53.4 million—that’s right, million—acres of public land, so there are tons of hiking trails for you to explore in this mountainous state. Whether you’re looking for a lake picnic, a short family hike, or a great ridgeline view, there’s a trail in Idaho to get you there.

The Best Skiing in the Pacific Northwest

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Heading out on a ski trip is one of the best winter ways to get outside, out of town, and have some fun exploring a new mountain and ski town. If you’re out and about in the PNW this winter, try out a new ski hill. We’ve highlighted classic favorites in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Now it’s your turn – choose your spot and find the powder!

The Best Hot Springs to Visit in Idaho

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Idaho is known for whitewater rivers, spectacular mountains, and natural wonders all across the state. You might be surprised to find that Idaho has 340 hot springs in the state, with 130 of those pools “soakable” for anyone to enjoy.

Must-See Places in the Pacific Northwest

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It’s time to get outside in the Pacific Northwest – no matter what season it is! If you’re itching to get out of town, here is the must-do list for the gorgeous states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Three Fun, Affordable Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaways

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If a weekend away is calling to you, but you want to stay in the Pacific Northwest, now is the time to check out some off-the-beaten-path local favorites. Maybe you've been to Seattle, Portland, and Boise, but now you want to see the real side of these great states. Here are a few timeless favorites that will get you out of the city to get the authentic feel for a western town. From transportation to activities, these getaways won't take too much out of your pocket.

Safety Tips for Overnight Bus Trips

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Buses are a great way to travel, but the truth is that an overnight bus trip can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you've never done it before. Here are a few transportation safety tips to keep you happy and comfortable on your way to that next big adventure!