If you’re already in Idaho, chances are you’ve already had your breath taken away at the hand of your surroundings. But the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, also known as Idaho State Highway 21, will make you fall in love with the Idaho landscape if you haven’t already. Beginning in Boise, the “City of Trees,” this road is carved within the Boise National Forest and the scenery here is unbelievable. Flat pastures will merge into green hills that will remind you of photos you’ve seen of the Irish countryside. The highway begins at 3,000 feet above sea level. You’ll see the Boise River, the Boise River Diversion Dam, the Lucky Peak Dam and much more on this drive. Rocky mountains, summits good for stopping and taking in the fresh air, rushing waters and densely packed Pines make this drive worth the trip. It’s best to avoid driving this route in the winter. High elevation points throughout the highway are often closed during the winter because of snow.
[flickr image via bmarmie]
Before embarking on a road trip, map out two different routes — a slower, scenic route and a shorter, faster (less scenic) route.
In case you need to reach your destination sooner than planned, you’ll have your faster route. However, try to take the more intriguing scenic route. Grab a camera, hop out, and snap some shots of the beautiful scenery you pass by. Discover the hottest eateries on your journey. Be sure to stop in, indulge in the local eats, and continue along your trip-capturing memorable moments.
NOTE: Make sure to print a copy of your scenic route and your fastest route even if you have GPS. Just in case…
CB radios used to be all the rage, and a trip across country would demand one.
While CB radios are no longer en vogue, they are still a heck of a lot of fun — and a great source of back-up if you’re in trouble. Bringing a CB radio can help with many road trip problems: staying awake, fun for the kids, and even getting directions.
The best part is, CB radios are not very expensive and are very easy to install. If you’re not sold on them right away, you can choose permanent or temporary installation and see if it suits your needs.