1. The Fairs? Yeah, They're Kind Of A Big Deal
Source: Canyon County Fair via Facebook
County fairs are a way of life in Magic Valley, often accompanied by incredible rodeos. The Twin Falls County Fair may be the biggest, but everyone has their own personal home favorite.
2. Bring Along Your Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, And Chocolate
Source: Flickr user World Scouting
Camping is huge in Magic Valley—and with stunning sites like the ones here, it's really no surprise why.
3. There's No Place You'd Rather Ski
Source: Sun Valley, Idaho via Facebook
One of the most popular activities in all of Magic Valley is hitting the slopes, and Blaine County's Sun Valley Resort is the place to do it if you want spectacular views and some killer trails.
4. Magic Valley Has The Best Breakfast That Has Ever Existed
Source: The Buffalo Café via Facebook
When you're having breakfast at Buffalo Café, bring your elastic waist pants because you're going to be filling up. Your best bet is the Buffalo Chip, fried potatoes layered with spicy veggies and eggs, topped off with a muffin and homemade jam.
5. Niagara Falls Has Nothing On Twin Falls
Source: Flickr user ArtBrom
Shoshone Falls, just outside Twin Falls city, cascades water down from 213 feet—that's 46 feet higher than the mighty Niagara Falls, and it's only one of three major waterfalls in the Magic Valley area.
6. There’s No Permit Required To Defy Death
Source: Wikimedia Commons user Chris McNaught
If you've heard of the Perrine Bridge, it's probably because you or someone you know has jumped off of it. BASE jumpers love the stunning bridge, and love even more than it's the only one in the country that people can legally jump off without a permit.
7. It's The Best In The World, No Trout About It
Source: Flickr user Bugeater
In Magic Valley, locals are devoted hunters and fishers, but that's especially true in Buhl, known as the Trout Capital of the World. If you love rainbow trout, odds are you got it from here.
8. People From Magic Valley Know How To Get Artsy
Source: Magic Valley Arts Council via Facebook
The Magic Valley Arts Council makes sure that no one in the area is ever lacking artsy things to do or see. They sponsor Kids Art in the Park, Brown Bag Lecture Series, the Full Moon Gallery, and numerous public art projects.
9. People From Magic Valley Know Just How Neil Armstrong Felt
Source: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve via Facebook
Okay, so it's not zero-gravity, but Craters of the Moon National Monument looks suspiciously like the surface of its namesake. But it doesn't rely on its good looks—the monument hosts several cultural events throughout the year.
10. When Someone From Magic Valley Says They Love CSI, They Aren’t Talking About The Show
Source: College of Southern Idaho via Facebook
The College of Southern Idaho hosts major cultural events throughout the cities in Magic Valley, and the theatre, sports teams, and the students themselves play a major role in shaping the communities in the area.
11. Locals Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts
Source: Flickr user Benson Kua
Ghost hunters take note: Magic Valley is known for having strong legends and superstitions around hauntings—some Idaho-area residents have even claimed to see the elusive Bigfoot.
12. Magic Valley Locals Are Proud Of Their Local Whistleblower, The Biggest One Ever
Source: Wikimedia Commons user Wehwalt
Former head of the FBI, inspiration for All The President's Men
, and Twin Falls High School graduate, W. Mark Felt was most famous as Deep Throat, the informant regarding the Watergate Scandal. You’re welcome.
13. Pretty Much Everyone From Hollywood Hangs Out In Sun Valley
Source: Flickr user James Vaughn
Ever heard of Marilyn Monroe? Clark Gable? Lucille Ball? These names and so many more—Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, the entire Kennedy family—have taken up residence in the famous Sun Valley for some parts of their illustrious Hollywood careers.
14. You’re Welcome For All Those Fresh Veggies, America
Source: Canyon County Fair via Facebook
It's certainly not all potatoes in Idaho. What would the U.S. do without delicious corn, fresh milk from dairy farms, sugar beets, and beans? The country can thank Jerome and Gooding counties for the abundant produce.
15. The Harvest Festival Isn't All About Farming
Source: Sun Valley Harvest Festival via Facebook
The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is a celebration of the "farm to table" food in Sun Valley—but we're not just talking crops. Have an old fashioned cocktail at the Swingin' Speakeasy, or fall into foodie heaven with all of the locally sourced, sustainable dishes.
16. Magic Valley Goes Mad For This Actress
Source: Flickr user Disney | ABC Television Group
Everyone's favorite '50s and '60s secretary, Joan of “Mad Men,” is played by Twin Falls local Christina Hendricks. Everyone is proud of their hometown girl.
17. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Is The Best In The Country
Source: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch via Facebook
Pretend you're a cowboy or cowgirl—or if you're a local, you get to actually be one working there—with a visit to one of the best dude ranches in the country. But pay attention to the horse ride, the views can be distracting.
18. Everyone Needs A Sturdy Pair Of Boots Here
Source: Flickr user Miguel Veira
With hiking this incredible, living in Magic Valley means investing in top-notching hiking boots so the grounds of the Sawtooth National Forest won't wear them down. But then again, locals can hike in pretty much anything.
19. Care To Relax? This Is That Kind Of Festival
Source: Thousand Springs Festival via Facebook
Kick back in a beer garden, shop through one of the dozens of artisan booths, and venture out on a wagon ride toward the Devil's Washbowl, all during one of the oldest festivals in Magic Valley, the Thousand Springs Festival.
20. Not A Skier? Not A Problem
Source: Sun Valley, Idaho via Facebook
Sun Valley isn't just for snow bunnies, it has a massive and lively arts community where you can take in dozens of productions, exhibits, and film festivals all year round.
21. This Is No Ordinary Race
Source: Flickr user Daniel Rothamel
In Blaine County, the Great Wagon Days festival includes a truly unique celebration, the Duck Race—and it's not the quack quack kind of ducks. Hundreds of rubber ducks take to the water to see which comes in first.
22. Golden Eagles Rodeo Is A Force To Be Reckoned With
Source: Flickr user Trevor Dennis
The College of Southern Idaho's rodeo team is a big deal, winning three national championships in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
23. If It Was Good Enough For Hemingway, It’s Good Enough For You
Source: Flickr user Thomas Hawk
Ernest Hemingway finished his novel For Whom The Bell Tolls in the Sun Valley Lodge, and a memorial to the legendary author—with empty liquor bottles in his honor—is close by in Magic Valley.
24. Evel Knievels Will Find Their Home Here
Source: Flickr user Brian.Neudorff
It's not just BASE jumping, anyone looking for an adrenaline rush will find a home in Magic Valley, since Twin Falls was voted one of the top 10 cities to defy death by Livability. Bungee jumping, skydiving, and rock climbing—just pick your poison.
25. There's A Little Bit Of Jurassic Park In Magic Valley
Source: Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument preserve both land and aquatic species, particularly for the Hagerman Horse, an ancestor of today’s horses.
26. The Golden Eagles Don't Really Know How To Lose
At the community college level, the CSI men's basketball team is at the top of the food chain as the winningest program in the whole country and with 23 national tournament appearances. Oh, and they had a 137-game home winning streak that beat any team at any college level, so take that.
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