Golden Era of Idaho Highways
its many siblings throughout the country, Idaho’s interstate highway system
was born out of a vision by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to create a family
of highways that connect peoples in every region – from the crashing surf
of California to the towering Rockies. From the fertile plains to the cliffs
of New England.
That highway network united the United States.
delivered commodities, grew economies, connected families and fostered a new
freedom of movement never before possible.
in the luxuries of the 21st century, more than half of the nation’s population
cannot remember a period without the interstate highway system. They cannot
comprehend cross-state journeys that took days. They cannot conceive of Pacific
and Atlantic coasts separated by weeks.
highway system is an integral part of the national system, serving as a conduit
for manufactured goods and agricultural products, serving tourism and recreation
and providing access to jobs and commerce. Nearly every major Idaho city is
located on an interstate route or has quick access to an interstate. The modern,
multi-lane highways carry traffic through Idaho's arid southern region, across
the scenic northern panhandle, and through agricultural areas of eastern Idaho.
connect people and places. They shorten travel times, and they provide safer
the rest of the nation in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Interstate
Highway System. Plan a trip and experience Idaho while enjoying Idaho's 612
miles of interstate.