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Inside the “champion” tree living in one of Idaho’s forests for 3,000 years

Idaho is filled with awe-inspiring nature, like the unique and towering castle rocks we told readers about last week. And in this Inside Idaho, we...

Idaho’s castles: Inside the towering rock formations just a short drive from Boise

It's no secret that Idaho is home to breathtaking mountains, stunning lakes and rivers, and miles of wilderness. And as we mentioned in our very...

No spuds in this nickname – why is Idaho “the Gem State?”

Editor's note: This is a best of story, first feature in 2021. Previously in our Inside Idaho series, we told you how Lucky Peak got...

Idaho’s insect and its incredible journey 🦋

In 1992, the Idaho State Legislature adopted the Western Monarch Butterfly as the state's official insect. It's one of 11 states that have designated...

Idaho’s dance has people do-si-do-ing around the state

Did you know that Idaho has an official dance? In 1989, the Idaho legislature designated the square dance as the American Folk Dance of...

Nampa wasn’t always called Nampa. How it got its name

Nampa is the third largest town in Idaho - but it used to be called something else. In 1883, the Union Pacific built the...

The Center of the Universe? Small town in Idaho says it is

This week's Inside Idaho is about the Center of the Universe. Do you know where it is? Vote, and then scroll down for the...

“The Joe”: The highest navigable river in the world is in Idaho

Idaho is home to more than 107,651 miles of river. Some of those miles are from the St. Joe River in Northern Idaho. Commonly...

Dirt lines in the spring caused by ‘Idaho’s smallest miner’ 🦫

While it's likely you've never seen the Pocket Gopher, if you've been hiking in Idaho during the spring and summer months, you've probably seen...

Have you ‘herd’? Pre-historic animal fossils in Idaho help unravel the evolution of the horse

While Idaho's state horse is the Appaloosa, the first known horse grazed Idaho land over 3 million years ago. This discovery of what...

Idaho’s horse and its important role in the state’s history

The Appaloosa was named Idaho's state horse for the role it played in the state's history. In the 1700s, the Nez Perce tribe first...

Inside Idaho’s state flower and the famous explorer it was named after

Spring has sprung, and that means flowers are blooming across the state. One type of flower you'll see is the syringa, designated the state...

Need to go for a drive? Idaho is home to dozens of scenic byways

When gas isn't at an all-time high, Idaho is a beautiful place to take a drive. The Gem State is home to stunning lakes,...

Craters of the Moon? How the famous Idaho landmark got its name

Idaho is home to six national parks/monuments/reserves/historic sites. One of those is Craters of the Moon National Monument - a vast and "weird" landscape...

So where are the treasures in this valley? How the greater Boise area got its nickname

The Treasure Valley is the area that stretches from Ontario to Mountain Home and from Melba to Middleton. It includes the cities of Boise,...