Monday, August 21, 2017, presents people in the United States with an extraordinary chance to see a total solar eclipse. The last time this type of an eclipse was able to be seen across the continental United States was 38 years ago, in 1979. And this is the first total eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918. You must be in the path that sweeps from west to east – across 11 states from Oregon to South Carolina – to see the eclipse in totality. If you are outside the roughly 60-mile wide band, you will not get to see the total eclipse.
At City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho, you can enjoy one of the most gorgeous and pristine places in the entire United States for breathtaking scenery, stimulating hiking, challenging rock climbing, and primitive camping. Towering granite rock spires inspire the imagination, as they allude to an ancient lost city. There is plenty of history as well, including signs of the 1840s-through-1880s pioneers who were heading west on California Trail; they were the first to describe this area as “a city of steeple rocks” with “tall spires.” Best of all, you can experience most of it in your car.
The Magic Valley city of Twin Falls, Idaho has it all and awaits your eager discovery. Twin Falls began as a stage stop established in 1864 at Rock Creek and has grown to a metropolis of 44,000. The city’s setting along the Snake River Canyon is impressively picturesque. Surrounded by unique natural and manmade features, Twin Falls is a happy place to visit.
When it comes to our national parks, it’s not all about trees and plants — there are lots of spots where you can catch a glimpse of all sorts of animals at any time of the year. Here are our top picks for places to see fauna along with the flora.
When you next travel through Idaho, you can take the scenic route, State Highway 55, which is the officially designated Payette River Scenic Byway. The route is 111.7 miles and would take about 2 ½ hours to drive without stops. But do plan to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Yellowstone is not only the United States’ first National Park; it is the first national park anywhere in the world. The park was signed into existence by President U. S. Grant in March 1872. Long treasured by Native Americans it was first viewed by those of European origin who passed through the area as trappers and traders. They were spellbound by the geothermal wonders, and with good reason, since half of all of the world’s geothermal features are concentrated within the bounds of Yellowstone.
Nothing compares to the awe-inspiring lights of the Aurora Borealis, or the “Northern Lights”. The science behind the phenomenon is fascinating, and for many seeing these magnificent lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.