The Incredible Beauty Of Idaho – The Surprise Of The Trip So Far! – Day 49

If anyone asked us at this point what the surprise of the trip would be – the answer would be the incredible beauty of Idaho, hands down!

Colorado was sensational, as was Wyoming and Montana. In fact, every single state we have been through so far has had their own style of beauty all to their own. And we really have loved them all.

But Idaho. Wow! We just never knew how gorgeous it was!

This photo was taken this morning on the drive up to Lewiston, Idaho. As we drove through the mountains, we were both blown away by the simple elegance of the rolling streams that followed alongside of the road. The clouds and fog added an eerie but beautiful feel to the entire scene.

The Incredible Beauty Of Idaho!

From the moment we first drove in to the edge of Idaho at Twin Falls, the state has been a wonder to behold.

I guess if you asked us what we thought Idaho would be before our trip began, we would have thought it to be more of a farmland state with a few mountains scattered about.

There are so many crystal clear lakes, streams and rivers all throughout Idaho.

It is, after all, known for the famous Idaho Potato after all!

But, as we have learned time and time again on this trip, seeing something in person is so much better than what you can ever learn, or think you learned from a textbook.

And Idaho is absolutely, without a doubt, so much more than a farmland state with a few mountains!

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The Snake River Canyon. The emerald waters, the roaring falls, and the towering walls of the canyon all create one of Mother Nature’s finest scenes.

More than Potatoes…

As we first learned in Twin Falls, Idaho has some of the biggest and most scenic waterfalls around. But it also has mountains, streams, rivers and wildlife galore.

In fact, when it comes to wildlife, you name it, and it seems to be here. Salmon, trout, cougars, moose, bears and elk all call parts of Idaho home.

There is plenty of farmland throughout Idaho. After all, they have to have somewhere to grow all of those potatoes. But what really surprised us both is that in addition to all of that farmland are plenty of mountains, streams, rivers, lake sand more!

And yes, there is also that farmland. And not only is it filled with those world famous Idaho potatoes, but cattle, sheep, corn, wheat and other crops as well.

Yes indeed, the beauty of Idaho has been something to behold.

And now, it’s on to Washington! and our first west coast state visit of the trip! Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary.


  • Day 49 of 365
  • States Visited 8 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Lewiston, Idaho
  • Miles Driven : 125.7
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 6468.0
  • Total Gallons Used : 482.68
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 109.6
  • Hiking Miles : 0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 126.9

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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12 thoughts on “The Incredible Beauty Of Idaho – The Surprise Of The Trip So Far! – Day 49

  • October 28, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I have to agree! Of course I’m biased since I live near Sandpoint. ?. Hope you get to see Lake Coeur d’Alene on your way to WA.

    • October 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      We wanted to make it up your way, however the weather is getting a little too cold at night for our little trailer. But we have really enjoyed Idaho!

  • October 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    We in Idaho love our beautiful state and are sad for how it is changing so fast please keep our secret!

    • October 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Haha, we will keep the secret.

  • October 28, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Did you know they sometime turn off the waterfall in Twin Falls? We went to see it and there was no water running. And a guy working there said “we are only running it on weekends right now”. Completely shocked us that something that major could just be turned off. Never did get to see it running, glad you did. Did you see any base jumpers going off the bridge? That is fun to watch.

    • October 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      I had no idea that they turned it off – very interesting. Unfortunately we did not see any base jumpers. Maybe when we come back we will get to see even more!

  • October 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    So glad you loved our state. Had we known you were in Boise, we would have had you to dinner. Enjoy the adventure!

    • October 28, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      We love Idaho!!! Sorry we missed you but we sure have enjoyed your beautiful state.

  • October 29, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Idaho is such an incredibly diversely beautiful state! Glad that you got to enjoy so much of it, but really, not making it to North Idaho, you did miss out on a little bit more of the amazing state we live in 🙂 Of course I understand about the cold, it is a chilly frigid 7 degrees here this morning, but this feels more like January weather than October!

    It was so neat to happen upon you in Riggins! We enjoyed visiting with you so much, and are inspired by your live simple now trip! Will look forward to continuing to watch your journey 🙂 Blessings to you both!

    • October 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you Marilyn. It was great to meet you in such a chance of fate. We are planning to come back to Idaho in the warmer weather to explore the western and northern portion that we unfortunately did not get a chance to see. Thanks for following along with our journey!

  • October 31, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Beautiful pictures you shared. Sounds incredible.

    • October 31, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you Charlotte. We are happy to share our journey with others. Our country is truly beautiful!


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