When people think of Idaho, they think potatoes, Napoleon Dynamite and the word boring. The truth is that there are many fun adventures to be had in the Gem State. I recently explored some unique destinations with my grandmother, and I have to say, my opinion about the state has changed.

My adventure began in Burley, Idaho. A two-hour drive to the south end of the state didn’t provide much to look at, but upon arrival, I found that there were some unique features to the small area.

My drive into the Gem State ended at the first exit to Burley. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
My drive into the Gem State ended at the first exit to Burley.
(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)

A small diner called the Wayside Café sits off the exit to Burley. Located right next to my grandma’s house, it’s a quaint little place with amazing food. The day I ate at the Wayside just happened to be a taco-themed dish day. Macho Nachos, taco soup and other taco themed dishes were on the menu.

The Wayside Café greets visitors as they enter the city. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
The Wayside Café greets visitors as they enter the city.
(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)ext to the front door sits a bookcase for customers to pick up books they may want to read while eating their meal. The Wayside seemed like your typical roadside diner from the outside, but once you enter there is an amazing atmosphere with great people.

 

Next to the front door sits a bookcase for customers to browse through in case they want to read while eating their meal. The Wayside seems like your typical roadside diner from the outside, but once you enter, there is an amazing atmosphere with great people.

Books are offered to guests to read at the Wayside Café.  (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
Books are offered to guests to read at the Wayside Café.
(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)

Along the Snake River sits a park that allows guests to dive right in the water from the grass. Because the water is very deep, life jackets are kept out for swimmers to use.

(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
Life jackets are offered to swimmers to stay safe. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
There is plenty of shade and benches to sit in the park off the river. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)

An amazing tourist attraction for visitors is Shoshone Falls, located in Twin Falls. The park has a view of the gorgeous falls that lets visitors have a wonderful taste of nature.

(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
Shoshone Falls is a fun and family friendly place to go explore. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)

 

The coolest sight of all on this trip was the Perrine Memorial Bridge in the county of Jerome. The bridge stretches over a large valley and is truly a sight to see. Next to the Magic Valley Mall, guests can behold this wonder of nature while getting their shopping done.

 

(Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)
The bridge is a sight to see. A gorgeous view of the river below along with unique valley is offered in the southern part of Idaho. (Emilee Atkinson / The Signpost)

Idaho isn’t as boring as many believe. If you go to the right spots, the state does seem like a gem. Adventures like this don’t happen often, and I’m thankful for mine. If you get the chance, explore the adventurous places of our bordering state.

 

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