Must-See Museums in Southwest Idaho
When one thinks of Idaho, first thoughts are often of the beautiful mountains, great fishing, exciting whitewater or one-of-a-kind bike trails. Idaho\'s cities also have much to offer. The museums in Boise and the surrounding area let visitors learn about the local wildlife and experience the culture and history that helped shape the area.
--Visit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center to learn about the heritage and culture of the Basque people in Idaho. See the newest exhibit, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques, which was previously on display at Ellis Island National Monument Museum.
--At the Old Idaho Penitentiary, tour the cell blocks, gallows, solitary confinement and grounds. The Old Pen was built from sandstone quarried from the foothills that surround it, and is one of only four territorial penitentiaries still open for tours.
--The Idaho Botanical Garden, once Old Penitentiary land, is home to a variety of themed gardens including the Children’s Adventure Garden, Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden, Garden Woods and the Foothills Native Plant Garden. Concerts are held in the summer months.
--Boise Art Museum – The museum creates visual arts experiences, engages people, and inspires learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.
--Visitors to the World Center for Birds of Prey can see live birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon, Harpy Eagle, Aplomado Falcon, and more. Enjoy bird demonstrations, falconry tours, and the Condor Cliffs California Condor exhibit, or take a walk on the interpretive trail overlooking the city.
--The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa is one of the most unique attractions in the Treasure Valley, representing the American experience of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The museum houses a world of sweetheart pillows, ration books, “V Mail”, and other items representing the home front during times of war. A large collection of airplanes and equipment includes two of only a few remaining Curtiss P-40 World War II fighter airplanes in the world, a very rare World War II P-51C Razorback Mustang fighter, two German fighter planes and two Korean War era jets.
-- Celebration Park in Melba is Idaho\'s largest archaelogical park and is located at the edge of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. See huge basalt melon gravels and 100 to 10,000 year old petroglyphs, throw an atlatl, take a walking tour of the historic Guffey Railroad Bridge and learn about the area\'s early mining and railroad history. The Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum is expected to open in the park this year.
Guess What\'s Turning 150?
Help us celebrate two birthdays this year! The Idaho Territory and the City of Boise are both celebrating their sesquicentennial in 2013.
On the morning of March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a congressional act creating the Idaho Territory. On July 3, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed a congressional act establishing Idaho as the 43rd state. The 27-year territorial era between those two signatures was perhaps the most significant quarter century in Idaho’s history, shaping who we are as a state today. www.history.idaho.gov/idaho-150.
Idaho State Historical Museum Exhibit
Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique
This exhibit is one of the largest ever shown at the Museum and features rare artifacts, hands-on learning stations, and compelling stories about our fascinating state.
Lincoln Legacy exhibition
The collection is the most significant grouping of contemporary artifacts ever assembled relating to the relationship of Abraham Lincoln and the Rocky Mountain West.
The Boise Department of Arts and History has compiled a list of activities, events, workshops, river walks, historic tours and a lecture series that will take place throughout 2013 to commemorate the city’s founding 150 years ago. Boise’s Sesqui-Shop has rotating theme exhibits and offers items representative of Boise for sale. www.boise150.org.
May 17, Carlisle Floyd\'s Opera Susannah, Egyptian Theater
Opera Idaho presents Susannah, a metaphor for McCarthyism, it represents a period of the intense fear of communism in America during the early 1950s. The opera premiered in 1955, also the year of a sex scandal that brought Boise to national attention as an anti-homosexuality frenzy gripped the city and destroyed lives and reputations. www.operaidaho.org.
July 7, Anniversary Weekend in Julia Davis Park
July 7, 1863 marks the date Boise was officially platted. This celebration will round out the array of activities planned for the 4th of July weekend.
Get Excited for Awesome Whitewater!
Grab the swimsuits, sunscreen and your sense of adventure! Idaho’s snowpack levels are looking good this year which means an exciting, fun-filled whitewater river season is upon us. Don’t wait to plan your adventure! Multi-day trips on the most popular rivers and dates fill up fast. Whether you are considering a multi-day trip, or a half-day thrill ride, a jetboat trip or a rafting excursion, be sure to visit the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association website (www.ioga.org) to learn more about Idaho’s rivers and locate the outfitter and trip that is right for you.
Spring Campaign and Sweepstakes Kicks Off This Month!
Idaho Tourism has launched its fun, hands-on spring/summer marketing campaign, My ID. It is designed to showcase the state’s scenic beauty and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in an entertaining, interactive way on www.visitidaho.org/my-id.
--The Adventurers (Be a super hero when you take your family on an Idaho vacation.)
--Agent 208 (Spy Adventure)
--Are We There Yet? (Family Vacation)
--Adventures in Loving (Romance)
Gather your sense of humor and headshot photos of friends or family from your computer or Facebook account and start creating. Then share the video via email, Facebook and Twitter. Or create a postcard, add a message and send it to friends and loved ones.
SWEEPSTAKES -- Enter now!
The 23-week online sweepstakes has weekly giveaways with new prizes announced on Fridays. Enter online at www.visitidaho.org/MyID via email. Good Luck!
April prizes include:
-- a round of golf for four with carts and use of the driving range at The Idaho Club near Sandpoint.
-- two nights lodging at the acclaimed Coeur d\'Alene Resort and one round of golf for two.
-- one overnight stay for four at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Hayden with four day passes to Triple Play Family Fun Park and Raptor Reef Indoor Waterpark.
-- full-day raft trip for two with Exodus Wilderness Adventure, a jet boat tour for two from Killgore Adventures, two nights lodging at White Bird Summit Lodge and a savings certificate to Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast.
-- one-night stays at the Alpaca Inn, Lava Hot Springs Inn and Riverside Inn, a family pass to the Hot Pools or Swimming Pool, a zipline tour and dinner at Greystone Manor in Lava Hot Springs
Путешествие по США доставит удовольствие даже самому искушенному туристу. Страна необъятных размеров и безграничных возможностей
Рыбалка в Hells Canyon – это отличный способ хорошо провести время на природе. Каньон считается зоной отдыха и популярен у жителей Айдахо и Орегона
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve знаменит своими «лунными кратерами», образованными после извержения вулкана более двух сотен лет назад
Old Mission State Park – парк, в котором находится старейшее здание Айдахо. Церковь Святого Сердца построена глинобитным методом без единого гвоздя
Sun Valley – курорт в Айдахо, привлекает туристов, желающих покататься на лыжах, поиграть в теннис или просто погулять по красивым местам
Музей наводнения Teton Flood Museum посвящен одному событию – трагическому прорыву дамбы, но его экспозиция рассказывает обо всей истории этого края
Ежегодный фестиваль Trailing of the Sheep на три дня собирает жителей города Кетчум и окрестностей на трехдневные гуляния, посвященные перегону овец