Eat Your Way Through the Idaho Potato Trail

The new trail, which winds through Boise, celebrates the top spud-growing state in the nation

Published online: Sep 22, 2023 Articles Sarah Kuta, Daily Correspondent, Smithsonian Magazine
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Whether mashed, fried, baked or boiled, potatoes are a beloved starchy staple around the world. But in the United States, no place is more closely linked with these tasty tubers than Idaho, the top spud-growing state in the nation.

In Idaho, you’ll find a potato-shaped Airbnb, a potato museum and a potato-inspired mascot named “Spuddy Buddy.” On New Year’s Eve, instead of a ball drop, Boise has a potato drop. And even when you’re not in Idaho, you can still marvel at the state’s potato prowess: A semi-truck hauling a massive replica potato—called the Big Idaho Potato Truck—makes stops nationwide.

Now, there’s yet another way to embrace Idaho’s tater talents: a potato trail. Visit Boise, the tourism office for the state’s capital city, has unveiled a new experience that takes travelers on a tour of some of the most delicious potato-related dishes throughout the city.

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