Want Elbow Room? Find Your “Space” in Idaho

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Idaho's Shoshone Falls

Perhaps it happened as you tried to shove your way onto a crowded bus. Or maybe it was the line at your favorite coffee shop, snaking out the door and around the corner, making you late for work. It could have been the instant you were swept out of the elevator by the storming sea of suits and tennis shoes – not even on the correct floor for your office. Whether you remember the exact moment it happened or not, city life (or even over-crowded suburban life) began to wear on you.

Where’s the best place to find your “space?” How about renting your next apartment in Idaho?

Now, you could choose an apartment in Boise – the largest city in Idaho and the state capital. The population of Boise is about 205,600, making it the 99th largest city in the country. There’s plenty of culture in Boise, which is home to Boise State University, the Boise Art Museum, the Basque Block, Zoo Boise, and the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Boise has a terrific downtown area, plenty of parks, and great shopping – the Boise Towne Square Mall is located here, as well as myriad shops and restaurants, sidewalk cafes, bars, boutiques, and nightclubs.

With a population well over 200,000, Boise isn’t a huge city, but it’s still a major city. If Boise is still too populated for you, then travel to the eastern side of the state and discover beautiful Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls is the county seat of Bonneville County. With a population of 56,813, it is much less populated than Boise, but it is still considered Eastern Idaho’s largest city. But, even though there’s plenty of open space in Idaho Falls, you’ll still be able to find a job. Idaho Falls is recognized for its high quality of life and its economic vitality, making it a favorite of “best places” lists. It was recently named one of the ten “hottest small cities” by Inc. Magazine, and one of National Geographic‘s “best adventure towns.”

Idaho Falls is located along the Snake River, a world-famous fishing destination. The city is named for the impressive waterfall that cascades over a steep rock ledge in the center of town. This is a beautiful, rugged area flanked by national parks and forests – specifically Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park to the east and Boise National Forest to the west. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is also near Idaho Falls. On weekends, you can visit one of these amazing destinations and watch Bison graze, perhaps spot a grizzly or black bear, or marvel at the wolves and coyote roaming in the distance. See Old Faithful and other geysers or visit the hot springs. Go camping, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, swimming, backpacking, or snow skiing.

If you prefer to stay in town, visit the historic downtown and enjoy the wineries, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. The farmer’s market is held downtown every Saturday, as well as concerts, festivals, and special events. The popular Museum of Idaho is also located in Idaho Falls, as well as the Collector’s Corner Museum and the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. Other fun things to do in Idaho Falls include the Idaho Falls Zoo, the Tautphaus Park Ice Rink, several golf courses, Idaho Falls Skate Park, and the Sandy Downs Rodeo Grounds.

If you’re thinking, “Gee, an apartment in Idaho Falls sounds great – but I want even more open space,” then travel just a few miles north of Idaho Falls and discover the picture-perfect city of Rexburg. The population of Rexburg is a sparse 25,400 – about 2,600 residents per square mile — but Rexburg isn’t a sleepy little hideaway. In fact, it is the county seat of Madison County and its largest city. It is also home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rent an apartment in Rexburg and you’ll enjoy a terrific community, a rugged landscape, and events such as Idaho Summerfest, a popular international dance and music festival.

Idaho is one of the nation’s least populated states. With its spectacular mountain peaks, amazing wildlife, clear skies, and crystal-clear rivers, it is also one of the most picturesque states. Idaho is nicknamed the “Gem State,” and it is definitely one of America’s hidden gems. So go ahead – find your space (and plenty of it) in Idaho.