Hold that tune
The sleepy mountain hamlet of Yellow Pine, Idaho, 150 miles north of Boise, swells from 40 residents to upwards of 3,500 people in August during the annual Yellow Pine Harmonica Contest and Festival. Amateur and professional harmonica players from around the world gather to entertain and compete in the town that bills itself as “the harmonica capital of the western world.’’
“It’s self-regulating because there aren’t any Hiltons around and you have to like camping,’’ says festival chairman Steve Holloway. “We have just one general store, one restaurant, a bar, and a lodge.’’
Your campsite will overlook high mountains and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. When you’re not taking in the toe-tapping music, go whitewater rafting, fishing, or hiking in the wilderness.