Idaho's Happiest Barn

Anyone who's set foot in Idaho can attest to the state's quirkiness, especially as it pertains to its distinctive barns.

Over the past few years, social media has contributed to the increasing popularity of Idaho's beautiful one-of-a-kind barns, making them a hit nationwide and even globally. And like the good neighbors we are, Idahoans are proud to welcome visitors and eager showcase our state's rustic rural charms.

Idaho's Many Roadside Oddities

If roadside oddities intrigue you, it's high time you add the smiling barn in Whitney to your Idaho bucket list.

Less than five hours away from Boise, the smiling barn is one of the state's most celebrated landmarks that has attracted curious locals and tourists from around the country for over thirty years.

Scroll on for the story behind Idaho's happiest-looking barn.

The Fascinating Story Behind Idaho's Smiling Barn

Being one of the state's most bizarre and beloved landmarks, Idaho's smiling barn has attracted curious locals and tourists from around the country. But do you know the story behind the barn's smile?

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Barns of Idaho: a PBS production

Featured prominently in a PBS Outdoor Idaho Program titled "Barns of Idaho," the story of the Whitney Smiling Barn was featured in the production.

Unique barns have been part of Idaho's history since the early days of pioneer settlement. Farmers and ranchers have always relied on these structures as a place to house their animals, store harvested crops, and protect their equipment from harsh weather conditions.

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With time, these barns evolved from simple structures to key architectural landmarks that define many of Idaho's rural areas, adding beauty and aesthetic appeal to the state. Even as today's farmers switch to more modern methods, these unique barns still hold a special place in Idahoans' hearts.

Scroll on for a look at Idaho's quirkiest & coolest roadside attractions!

How Many of These Idaho Attractions Have You Been To?

Google "things to do in Idaho" and these attractions come up on nearly every list! With so many of them in our backyard, how many of them have you actually been to?

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15 Strange and Fascinating Roadside Oddities You'll Find in Idaho

Planning an Idaho road trip? Keep an eye out for these weird things!

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25 Boise Attractions That Are Essential to Visit At Least Once

When you live and work in Boise, it can sometimes be difficult to answer the question "so, what should I do when I'm in town" when you have visitors checking out Idaho's capital city for the first time? Trip Advisor ranked 107 "Things to Do in Boise" and these are the 25 attractions that rose to the top of their list!

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