Idaho is no stranger to summer.
While the weather is often hot, the sun is shining and the crowds are often massive, this summer the crowds will be even bigger than they were a year ago.
The city of Boise is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, with the city hosting over 50 million visitors each year.
Barely 10 years ago, Idaho was home to the only recorded fire in the history of the state.
The fire was caused by a fire-prone coal mine in 1877 and burned for months before being brought under control.
The town was destroyed by fire, but its ashes still linger on the landscape, creating an eerie ghost town on the banks of the Black River.
“I think people feel a bit more relaxed about the weather,” said Jeff Hirsch, who is based in Boise.
“We’re still getting warmer than most of the other parts of the country, but it’s not a lot different than the year before.”
Hirsch and his team spent the past year visiting Idaho’s three national parks and mountain biking trails.
Hirsch said he has to travel to and from his home in Seattle to visit Idaho, but he loves it and his family is excited to see the beautiful scenery he will be seeing this summer.
As the weather warms, he and his friends plan to visit several more places around the state this summer, including the Boise Mountain Park, Idaho Falls, Pigeon Forge, and the Idaho State Capitol.
I have to travel and visit some of the places that I love, but I love Idaho the most, said Hirsch.
I’m really excited about it.
Hirsch added that he’s also planning to hike a few trails in the Pacific Northwest and beyond during the summer months.
We are going to get back out there in the fall, he said.