Vacation Rentals Idaho
Holiday Rentals at Favorite Spots in Idaho
If you're planning a trip to the Northwest, make sure to stop by Idaho, also known as the Gem State. And if you're stopping by Idaho, try to find vacation rentals that will allow you to fully enjoy the beautiful landscapes of this rugged, mountainous region.
Why Visit Idaho?
With its collection of snow-capped peaks (for example, the Lost River Range and the White Cloud Mountains), majestic canyons (Hells Canyon), wild rapids, beautiful rivers (Snake and Salmon Rivers), and spectacular waterfalls (Idaho and Twin Falls), Idaho is an ideal holiday destination for those who love the great outdoors.
Visitors can enjoy different kinds of weather, depending on the time of year. During the summer days can be hot, but rarely reach or exceed 100°F and have low relative humidity. The summer nights are slightly cooler. The Idahoan winter, on the other hand, is cold, but not unbearably so. Extended periods of sub-zero temperatures are unusual, so winter visitors don't have to worry about the temperature too much.
A Brief Background of Idaho
Before Europeans set foot on the land presently known as Idaho, it was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Nez Perce in the north and the Shoshone in the south.
While still part of the Oregon County, Idaho was fought over by the United States and Great Britain. But in 1846, the US finally emerged victorious. Technically, Idaho did not become a territory on its own until 1863, and up until that point its present territory was divided between the Oregon, Washington and Dakota Territories.
Lewis and Clark passed through Idaho in 1805 during their expedition to the Pacific Ocean, and again in 1806, as they were returning. The Clearwater River was served as their guide through this wilderness.
Although outsiders began to settle in Idaho as early as 1809, it wasn't until 1860 that the first organized communities within the present borders of the state began to be established. The first successful settlement was Lewiston.
When Idaho achieved statehood status in 1890, its economy shifted from being predominantly dependent on metal mining to reliance on agriculture, forest products and tourism. Today, the state still relies on these sources of income, but science and technology now makes up the largest slice of the pie, generating over a fourth of the state's total revenue.
If you're interested in learning more about the history of this beautiful state, find a rental home near the Idaho State Historical Society's affiliate museums, and spend some time taking in the heritage.
Places to Visit, Rentals to Find
It's unthinkable to visit the so-called “Gem State” and not take some time to find out why it has this nickname. As it turns out, Idahoan land has produced nearly every known variety of gem known to man, and is only one of two places in the world (the other is the Himalayas in India) where one can find star garnets. As if this weren't remarkable enough, Idaho is the only place in the world where six-pointed star garnets are known to have been found. If you want to learn more about this side of Idaho, be sure to visit the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology and to find convenient, nearby vacation rentals.
In the Central Region, one can visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument, which is famous for the moon-like appearance of its surface. These craters are said to have been created by volcanic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago. You probably won't find vacation rentals in the immediate area of the national monument, and your best bet is to look for accommodations in Arco, which is to the north.
If you want to enjoy the local wildlife more fully, then secure accommodations at Boice, and visit the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center along the Boice River Greenbelt. Here, you'll find a sprawling, 4.6 acre site that has a nature walk that will allow you to savor the scenery and the local species of fish and bird.
Another great place to visit is Hell's Canyon, which is the deepest canyon in the entire country (6,500 ft.). It was carved out by the Snake River over a stretch of ninety-five miles along the border of Washington and Oregon. There's lots of activities that one take pleasure in at Hell's Canyon, such as boating, sailing and other water craft activities, sport fishing, hiking and wildlife watching. Those on the lookout for the local species may be able to spot bears, bobcats, bighorn sheep, cougars, elk, and mountain goats during their visit to this rough and rugged place. Keep in mind, however, that you'll have to take a boat ride from Lewiston, so be sure to make reservations for yourself there if you plan to make the trip to the canyon.
There are many other attractions in Idaho, so take some time to look for others so that you can find appropriate holiday rentals for yourself and your companions.
Places of interest in Idaho
Boise Towne Square Mall
Julia Davis Park
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
World Center for Birds of Prey
Idaho State Capitol
Yellowstone National Park
City of Rocks
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve