Following the mass influx of tourists that flocked to Idaho to witness the Solar Eclipse, the state is becoming more and more renowned as a must visit destination for the space gazing globetrotter. To celebrate Craters of the Moon’s newly granted International Dark Sky Park Status – here are our top 3 Idaho picks that will have you seeing stars:
1. Craters of the Moon
The International Dark-Sky Association has granted silver-tier International Dark Sky Park status to Craters of the Moon National Monument. This starry spectacle is a must see due to its distance from large cities and the low southern horizon looking out over the Snake River Plain. Once the sun sets, visitors can take in the most out-of-this-world night sky – and now recognised as a designated International Dark Sky Park, you can be sure there’ll be no shortage of stars to observe.
2. Bruneau Dunes State Park
Bruneau Dunes is the perfect destination for a road trip adventure. This state park boasts the highest single-structured dune in North America. In addition to the sandy waves, Bruneau is home to Idaho’s largest public observatory. Climb the 470-foot dune, dune sled, ski and snowboard – but most importantly, gaze at the stars.
3. City of Rocks
The City of Rocks National Reserve is another of Idaho’s other-worldly experiences. The reserve boasts a plethora of natural beauty, from the rocks to the skies above them. As well as a haven for geologists, visitors are in for a treat once nighttime hits the City of Rocks. Tucked away from light pollution and at an elevated position the location makes for the most impressive stargazing. The illuminated night hits the rocky landscape, creating a contrast between the earth and the sky that simply can’t be put into words.
Idaho is ideal for family travellers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway. A year-round destination, wherever you choose to explore in this magnificent state, you will find spectacular scenery, fun things to do and friendly, helpful people. You will also find a place that is unhurried, unspoiled and unassuming. Adjacent to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho stretches from the top of Nevada and Utah to the Canadian border. The beautiful state has a variety of landscapes – from forests to desert and rugged mountains to broad farmlands.
Over 30 Scenic Byways across the state pave the way to adventure. Idaho offers unspoiled nature, white-water rafting, ranching experiences, Native American culture, biking, golf and wineries, spring through fall. Winter offers mountain sports with blue skies, sunshine and powder snow in a variety of destination resorts including Sun Valley. Powwows, rodeos, cultural celebrations and festivals fill the calendar with a variety of interesting choices.
(Photo credit: Visit Idaho)
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