Meridian, Idaho, is a city located in the southern portion of Ada County. The name “Meridian” comes from being on the exact east-west line that marks the boundaries between two townships. It was named by French priests who made their way to the area beginning in 1844 but were not officially established as a town until 1868. The city’s population is now estimated to be around 91,600 residents, increasing about 34% since the year 2000.
Tourism in Meridian has risen significantly over that past decade as well. Some major attractions here are the Moon National Monument and Preserve Craters, which features nearly 80 square miles of lava fields, volcanic craters, and cinder cones. The Craters are part of the Great Rift of Idaho. Here, visitors can see sagebrush vegetation, other plants and wildflowers at 5,500 feet above sea level. This destination is also home to over 250 different birds that live in the area and over 200 different types of wildflowers. There are also various wildlife species such as mule deer, antelope, mountain lions and bobcats.
Another major destination for tourists here is the Old Mission, State Park. This park offered a glimpse into Idaho history and was built by priests of the Jesuit Order. It is open during certain seasons, and there are both guided and self-guided tours that one can take during this time.
In addition to the Moon National Monument and Preserve Craters, there is also a visitor’s centre here with information about local attractions. In terms of shopping, one of the most popular stores in Meridian is Walmart, which has over 300 different locations in the region. Some of these stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is one major destination for tourists in this area to access products and services. Three other locations that are popular with visitors here include Albertsons, Safeway and Target Stores.
Meridian is also home to many parks, including Meridian City Park, with two playgrounds for kids. The Meridian Speedway is the only track in Idaho that features a half-mile dirt oval. Meridian also hosts various other sporting events throughout the year, including golf tournaments and soccer matches at area parks.
One of the main attractions in this city is its golf courses. There are several different 18-hole golf courses in the Meridian area and a few 9-hole courses. Some also come here to enjoy shopping and dining at The Village at Meridian or the Greater Boise Auditorium District.
In terms of nightlife, several bars and nightclubs cater to those who want to socialize with others in or around the Meridian region. These locations include New Moon, The Shack Bar and Grill, Park at Hidden Village Lounge, Craft Draft 2 Go, Michael’s American Pub & Grub and Club Icon Nightclub.
There are also public facilities in Meridian that are open to anyone passing through the area, including the Idaho Fallen Soldiers Office, Meridian Library, Meridian Fire Department and the Meridian Police Department.
Meridian is also home to many companies that are both large and small-scale. These multinational corporations include Burger King Worldwide, The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., Albertsons and the College of Southern Idaho. In terms of recreation, Meridian has many different attractions that have been established here to accommodate tourists from all over the world.
The city was named after a railroad worker who ended up surveying this area in 1864. It is believed that he may have been one of the first people ever to come hereafter, crossing through Craters of the Moon.
In addition to having a thriving economy, Meridian hosts many different attractions that draw people worldwide. In fact, according to City-Data, one of the most popular attractions in this city is the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, which is considered a leader in professional theatre in the Pacific Northwest.