1 || FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION. Like Idaho, Middleton does an outstanding job of acknowledging their first responder community. From parades to paying it forward for a first responder's cuppa coffee, M-town takes the cake on this one. And when it comes to honoring our Veterans, Middleton goes to great lengths to express their appreciation for Idahoans who gave some and the ones who gave their all for our nation.

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2 ||  FELLOWSHIP. Even a brief visit to Middleton reveals what a tight-knit community it is. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbor and you're sure glad to at that. Residents keep it real and simple, and we find that refreshing.

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3 || THE SUNRISE CAFE. This six-chain locally owned breakfast diner is a stronghold in Middleton, and for good reason, too. For us, the Sunrise Cafe feels like the "Cheers" of breakfast diners. It's the place where everybody knows your name and your order. You can walk in alone and walk out as friends with anyone from a nearby table. It's rare and it's very cool.

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4 ||  MAIN STREET. Middleton's Main Street is like a perfectly preserved time capsule of all that's good and wonderful about Idaho. From locally-owned and family-owned businesses to it's barber shop from another another time, Middleton's Main Street is the envy of many a small town in the Treasure Valley.

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5 || PATRIOTISM. The Middleton-Star Fire District 4th of July pancake feed is a living and breathing example of Idaho and American pride. It benefits families impacted by housefires and firefighters injured in the line of duty. This year, we had the distinguished privilege of assisting the firefighters during the fundraiser. From the overwhelming sense of American pride to the fantastic floats and pancakes, every aspect of the experience was beautiful.

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We could go on, but you get the picture! Middleton, Idaho, way to be the Treasure Valley's most Idaho city! We'll catch up at the Sunrise Cafe soon!

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Idaho Named One Of Best Hiking States In The Country

After previously being unmentioned as one of the top hiking states in America, Idaho has climbed (pun intended) the list and now cracks the Top 15!

It's not alone, either. Many of the surrounding states have made the list, as well. So, if you're living in Boise or the Treasure Valley you never have to travel far to find some of the best hiking in the country, even if you want to escape the state.

Here are the Top 12 States For Hiking In The Country. Get your best trail boots on, and let's check out the list.

Hiking Safety Tips

Before you head off on your hike, let's go over a few tips to help keep you safe. It's best to be overprepared than underprepared, especially when it comes to your safety.

Most Scenic States In America

Thrillist came up with a list ranking the states from least beautiful to most beautiful and I had to address it. Are there really that many states that are more scenic than Idaho? I don't think so. Let's examine it.