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Idaho boasts 22 state parks,15 national forests, over 16,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 2,000 reservoirs and natural lakes. The northern third of Idaho has the greatest concentration of lakes in the West. Much of Idaho has an unspoiled beauty, with rugged slopes and towering peaks, a vast expanse of timberland, scenic lakes, wild rivers, cascades, and spectacular gorges.
Idaho , one of the Rocky Mt. states in the NW United States. It is bordered by Montana and Wyoming on the east, Utah and Nevada on the south, Oregon and Washington on the west, and the Canadian province of British Columbia on the north.
The world-renowned ski resort of Sun Valley is located in the heart of Idaho. The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Park where astronauts trained for their moon walk are an experience for everyone.
Idaho is also rich with Indian heritage. Five tribes call Idaho home and work hard to keep their native traditions alive. There are many pow-wows that are held throughout the summer.
Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Some of these stones can be found nowhere else in the world, which is why Idaho is known as The Gem State.
Idaho is the leading producer of potatoes in the country; the state's potatoes are world famous. Hay, sugar beets, and wheat are also grown in the state. Beef and dairy cattle are a chief source of the state's farm income.
The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Idaho was first suggested as a name in 1860 for the region that became the Colorado Territory, but was rejected because it was not a real Native American word; a United States congressman had made it up. However, in 1863, the name was chosen for the territory that became Idaho because the name became popular in the region.
Boise, the state's capital and largest city, is nicknamed the "City of Trees." The abbreviation for Idaho is ID.
The landscape is rugged with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States. It is a Rocky Mountain state with abundant natural resources and scenic areas.
The state has snow-capped mountain ranges, rapids, vast lakes and steep canyons. The waters of Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States, deeper than the Grand Canyon.
After a day of adventuring, an abundance of natural hot springs in which to soak can be found in all around the state.