#sandsoutwest: Idaho

Have you ever been so, SO annoyed about something? Or dreading it? Or avoiding it? Or rolling your eyes about it? Has that thing ever actually turned into something great? Something beautiful?

Enter Idaho:

We had to make a short drive through Idaho to make it to Utah, which was REALLY where we wanted to go, and holy geez was I honestly surprised at the beauty that this weird lookin’ state held. No offense to people who love Idaho. I swear, I love it now too.

We knew we were in the right place when a local told us about Mesa Falls. We saw how excited he was, so we had to trust him and follow his lead. Where we ended up took my breath away. You could barely hear yourself think because of the rushing water, but really I didn’t have any time to think because I was looking around in shock.

We had camped the night before in beauuuutiful place (in Idaho) right next to a large stream. Falling asleep listening to this was the BEST. I guess I’m just raving about this state because it was so unexpected. We didn’t plan to stop in Idaho at all during our trip, but the night and day we did definitely made it to my top 3 favorite places from out west.

I don’t really have any food places to recommend from Idaho because our time there was so short, but Mesa Falls (above) is a must stop, as part of the Mesa Falls scenic byway.  It only takes an hour to complete, and there are many stopping places (also pet-friendly) and overlooks that make your heart explode and fill up your camera’s memory card. We traveled with a dog named Bear who loved sticks and chasing squirrels, and we were so disappointed with many national parks and their pet policies. Of course, for places like the thermal pools in Yellowstone and water there that can reach over 200 degrees F, we understood the caution, but I was devastated when we couldn’t bring pup to Arches in Utah or Mesa Verde in Colorado. Mesa Falls didn’t seem to have a pet rule at all, and Bear was SO happy to get out of the car and see some new sights. This stop wasn’t his typical rest area potty break. We had the chance throughout our trip to go on many scenic road tours, and if adding on an hour or so gets views like those from the Mesa Falls byway, its WORTH IT. Who cares about the time?! There are so many scenic byways in Idaho that I wish we could’ve driven on.

I can’t wait to write more posts about our trip and share stories and pictures with you! Idaho, I wasn’t planning on loving you, but I sure do now 🙂

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  • What beautiful views!!!

    • Savannah

      I know right?! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh! I cannot believe that’s Idaho! I never would have guessed but not am going to have to add this to the list of places to visit next time we head west!

  • Wow, this looks absolutely beautiful! It’s always the best when something exceeds expectations! My aunt lives in LA and she LOVES Idaho. She wants to move there some day. These photos really make me want to visit sometime soon! Have fun on the rest of your trip and I look forward to reading more about it!

    My Pop of Color

    • Savannah

      That’s so cool to hear about your aunt! I really want to go back soon. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Jen

    I only got to spend an afternoon in Idaho – driving out of the Grand Tetons to my mom’s in Nevada. It was beautiful, though, & I can’t wait to go back.

    • Savannah

      Its seriously so beautiful! I was so surprised. I wish we could’ve traveled to Nevada as well, but maybe next time. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Absolutely stunning photos! You’re a great photographer, girly!

    As We Stumble Along

  • I’m glad that your mind changed once you got there.
    Idaho is never a state I’ve truly desired to go to but after reading your post I am starting to feel a little more open minded about it.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

    • Savannah

      I know, right?! I posted a photo on instagram and said, “Who knew there were cool things in Idaho?” and I still can’t believe it. I hope you go sometime! Thanks for commenting! 🙂 f

  • My Husband and I lived in Rexburg, Idaho (about 20 minutes SE of Mesa Falls) for 6 years and love love LOVE Idaho. There is just so much beauty to it that no one is aware of! Mesa is gorgeous and the scenic byway is one of our favorites to drive! I’m so glad you got to discover a little corner of one of our favorite states!

    • Savannah

      Oh wow! That’s awesome!! I’m so glad I got to experience its beauty 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Beautiful! Idaho is a lovely state!

  • What a beautiful place! I always love unexpected surprises like that! I’ve never been to Idaho before but now I want to go see this. Thanks for sharing!

  • I honestly had no idea how beautiful Idaho was!

  • Idaho is a beautiful state. To me it feels a little too isolated to live there but it is gorgeous to drive through or visit!

  • I can understand why you wouldn’t be excited about Idaho. I’d be the same way. I’m glad it turned into something awesome!

  • It’s my dream to someday do a road trip through the western states like Idaho, Montana and Wyoming! I feel like it would be so different than what I’m used to on the East Coast. Sounds like an AMAZING trip- I loved the waterfall pictures!!

    xoxo A

  • Lauren

    Holy moly. These photos are BREATHTAKING! Who would have thought?!?!

    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • Ashley

    Wow. These photos are stunning! I can’t imagine how breathtaking these views were in real life! I went to college at Washington State University and we frequently crossed the border in to a small town in Idaho as it was the biggest around by an hour. I am sad I never ventured further than that as there was nothing like this in the area! Someday!

    xo Ashley

  • No, I have never been to Idaho, but your pictures make Idaho look breathtaking, I may just go now! lol I’m going to have to put this on my travel. It is on my bucket list to visit every state.

    xoxo, Danielle

  • What a beautiful place!!! I want to be there and will plan a trip to Idaho!!

  • That waterfall is to die for. Seriously, who would have known the potato state would be so beautiful?

  • I only knew Idaho as being know for potatoes–I think that’s the only thing that stuck with me from like 3rd grade, but it really does look beautiful!

  • These pictures are gorgeous! Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  • Wow! Idaho looks amazing and I can’t wait to read more about your trip.

  • Savannah, your pictures are amazing! Your words combined with the pictures made me feel like I was on the trip with you. I’m excited to see more from your trip. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chronicling Home

    WOW! I never was interested in Idaho until this post! It is so beautiful!!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • I never have even thought to visit Idaho until this post. This is so beautiful! I wouldn’t want to leave!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  • I never imagined that Idaho would be so beautiful! Thanks for opening our eyes to this 🙂 I’m excited to read more updates about your travels!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  • I’m moving to Idaho this Friday! I’ve visited a couple of times and I love it there! I’m super excited to call it home soon!
    Hayle 😀