From its sage-covered deserts to its lush wilderness areas, Idaho is a diverse state filled with many stunning natural attractions. Although the state is most famous for its potato crop, those who look beneath the surface will find an abundance of activities, events, festivals, museums and more. With unique and sometimes eerie landscapes and its tempting urban amenities, Idaho truly has something for everyone.
At the end of each summer, people come to Boise for the Western Idaho Fair. This is Idaho's official state fair that runs for 10 days. Visitors enjoy a variety of entertainment from livestock displays to craft booth along with a midway and carnival rides. Of course, there is plenty of fair food and drinks available.
At the end of each summer, visitors come to Ketchum for the Ketchum Wagon Days. Since 1958, this festival has celebrated the area's rich history with a Big Hitch parade and an old fashioned shoot out. Guests can enjoy a pancake breakfast, scrumptious BBQ, and live music. Don't forget your dancing shoes for the Western Dance in the evenings.
Each year as summer ends and fall begins, visitors flock to Blackfoot for the Eastern Idaho State Fair. If you are looking to see a demolition derby or a junior rodeo, this is the fair to attend. Guests enjoy learning about local agriculture and industry through displays and demonstrations. There is a tractor pull, live entertainment, and fair food.
Each year as fall arrives, Boise hosts Art in the Park. Local and national artists get a chance to show off their creations and offer them for sale. After strolling through the art exhibits, visitors can take in some live music. This is a festival for the whole family with plenty of children's activities available.
In the early fall, Lumberjack Days comes to Orofino. At this event, lumberjacks from around the world come to show off their skills. Guests enjoy axe throwing, burling, and a two-person hand saw competitions. There is a horse pulling contest and a dance in the evening.
To go this week or next week, this is the question. All summer and into the early fall; Boise hosts the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Since 1977, several plays of the famous playwright, Shakespeare have been performed each month in an outdoor setting. Visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy during the performance or select one of the local food vendors for a bite to eat.