Idaho is located in the Northwestern United States. Known for their potatoes and gateway to Yellowstone National Park, this state isn't typically on a backpacker's must-see list, but those who do end up visiting tend to enjoy it.
There are very few hostels located in the entire state of Idaho. Budget travelers going through Idaho will probably have to look for cheap motels, campsites, or other accommodations, staying at a hostel or two as a special treat. Quite a bit of Idaho is made up of parks and other natural areas, so if you have the equipment, camping may be a good hostel alternative.
Idaho is the state with the second-lowest cost of living in the entire nation. Those savings are passed on to travelers, so you can expect less expensive meals, transport, and accommodation compared to nearby states.
The largest city in Idaho is its capitol, Boise. Boise is located along highway 84, which connects Idaho to Oregon in the west and Utah in the southeast. Yellowstone National Park is located on the eastern border. Although the national park is mostly in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana also house a bit of Yellowstone property. Idaho also has other national parks and monuments. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and Nez Perce National Historic Park are just a few from the selection that are certainly worth visiting. There are even more state parks. Many people who visit and move to Idaho do so because they love all the natural scenery.
A great Idaho winter destination is Sun Valley, one of North America's oldest ski resorts and the location of the world's first chairlift. In most parts of Idaho, a stereotypical winter does occur. You can see ten-foot snow drifts going into March or beyond. In contrast, summers can be pleasantly warm
A trip through Idaho is made complete with a visit to Shoshone Falls. This series of waterfalls in the Snake River is known as "Niagara of the West".
Overall, if you love traveling to get in touch with the outdoors and away from crowds of people, you should definitely consider Idaho. It doesn't have big cities or popular tourist traps, but it does have a wide array of opportunities for travelers to get away from it all.
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