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Why you should visit Sandpoint Idaho

visiting Sandpoint Idaho
Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint Idaho

So you may be wondering where Sandpoint Idaho is and why you should visit there. Well my friends, I am here to answer both of those questions. Sandpoint is a great town that I firmly believe has the best of both worlds. How often do you find a town with a large lake, great for swimming in the summer and a prestigious ski mountain to keep you entertained in the winter? If you were wondering, Sandpoint has them both! On top of that, Sandpoint was voted Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2011 by USA Travel. Not bad, right?

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Montana Photo Friday USA Northwest Travels

Photo Friday 4/18/2014 Iceberg Lake Trail Glacier National Park

Iceberg Lake Trail Glacier National Park
Iceberg Lake Trail Glacier National Park

Happy Friday! Here is this week’s photo: Iceberg Lake Trail Glacier National Park in Montana

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Idaho Travels with Boomer USA Northwest Travels

Getting Locked up at The Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise Idaho

Old Prison Boise Idaho
Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise Idaho

This wasn’t my first time to prison….

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All Things Beer Breweries Breweries Idaho Idaho USA Northwest Travels

Boldly Tasting a Beer I’ve Never Tasted Before at Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise Idaho

Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise Idaho
Outside the Bittercreek Ale House

I usually never put much effort into finding a place to eat. Since I noticed this about myself I decided I would try to seek out interesting places to grab a bite while on our trip this go around. I can usually nail down the breweries with no problem (duh) and more often than not I eat at the breweries because I believe there is nothing better than a burger and a beer. Unless it is nachos and a beer… or tacos and a beer – OK it’s really burgers and beer – but I won’t lie – I love pub food!

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Idaho Travels with Boomer USA Northwest Travels

How I almost caught on fire in Hells Canyon Idaho

Heavens Gate Hells Canyon
View from Heavens Gate in Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon is a national recreation area located in Idaho and Oregon. It is primarily in Oregon but you can reach some of it from Idaho if you are traveling along Idaho Highway 95. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America and has some pretty spectacular scenery. While planning for my trip I “googled” the best place to see Hells Canyon from Idaho and Heavens Gate came back as the number one spot to see the canyon.

Just so we are clear this Heavens Gate does not refer to the weird cult from the 1970’s.

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Idaho Travels with Boomer USA Northwest Travels

Fast Facts about the Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise Idaho

Capitol Building Idaho
Idaho State Capitol Building, Boise Idaho

As I drove down Capitol Boulevard (clever name right) I watched the impressive Idaho State Capitol Building manifest in front of me. It stood at the end of the street as a massive giant.

Here are a few interesting facts about the Idaho State Capitol Building:

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Photo Friday USA Northwest Travels Wyoming

Photo Friday 1/24/2014 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park Photo
grand teton national park

From our 2012 visit to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. During our visit in late fall we experienced lesser crowds, which was enjoyable. We also came to the park while the trees were changing colors for the fall season. Vibrant colors of reds and yellows splashed across the park as they contrasted against the teal blue lakes. You can read more about our visit to Grand Teton National Park by following this link.

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Idaho Travels with Boomer USA Northwest Travels

A Historical Walk at White Bird Battlefield, Grangeville Idaho

Nez Perce Tribe battleground
White Bird Battlefield

Throughout the Pacific Northwest there are 38 Nez Perce historical sites with White Bird Battlefield being one of them. Boomer and I visited the battlefield on our trip down Idaho Highway 95, which is located just south of Grangeville Idaho.

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I eat a Cougar Burger at MJ Barleyhoppers Brewery, Lewiston Idaho

brewery in Lewiston Idaho
MJ Barleyhoppers

The approach to Lewiston Idaho is quite impressive via Idaho Highway 95. As you crest over the hill you are greeted by an extensive overlook of the town. The highway zigzags down the mountainside while taking you to the valley floor. You start to think to yourself maybe you should visit more often.  And then it hits you… the smell. It is unforgettable.  If you have been to Lewiston you know what I am talking about. If not, consider bracing yourself as the local paper mill fills the valley with an unpleasant odor, that only logically can be dealt with by bracing yourself 🙂

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Road Tripping Idaho, Utah and Montana

Road Trip through Idaho, Utah and Montana
Kolob Canyons Utah

Below is the itinerary that I used for our Fall 2013 road trip through Idaho, Utah and Montana. Over the next few postings I will share stories from our travels. Be sure to check back often so you don’t miss any of our adventures!