Idaho the Gem State

Discussing Idaho the Gem State.

Idaho is a state in the United States which boasts high snow-capped mountains, with heights of 3000 – 3800m, plus white water rivers (one running through the deepest river canyon in the U.S.), dense forests, high desert, and plenty of wilderness. Most of the land north of Boise is National or State Forest all the way to the Canadian border. Wilderness and wildlife are some of the greatest treasures of Idaho.

Boise is the capital of Idaho as well as the largest city in Idaho with a metro population of around 670,000. The city rests at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the plain of the Boise River which winds through the city. A very outdoors-oriented place with many activities available without even leaving the city.

Julia Davis Park – this urban park contains many of the downtown attractions in Boise. It sits across the Boise River from Boise State University. Located within its confines are Zoo Boise, the Rose Garden, Boise Art Museum and a scenic railroad. It also contains the Idaho Black History Museum.

The World Center for Birds of Prey, is a fascinating place to visit, many birds of all types constantly in your line of sight. Hawks, eagles, and other big birds of prey can be viewed there.

World-class snow skiing is within a 90-minute drive of downtown Coeur d’Alene, another major city in Idaho. Lake Coeur d’Alene offers boating and water-skiing as well as fishing for bass, trout, and salmon.

Coeur d’Alene also features a renowned golf course with a free-floating island green, the only such hole in the world.

The Coeur D’Alene Resort Golf Course’s famous 14th Hole, The Floating Green, is recognized around the globe as an iconic feat of engineering and design—and a formidable test for players of all skill levels.

Idaho the Gem State is so-called not because of precious stones, but because of its magnificent scenery.

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness follows the Snake River through Hells Canyon (which is as deep as 9,300 feet, much deeper than the Grand Canyon) north towards Lewiston, where the Clearwater and Snake River meet.

Sun Valley is a mountain resort city at 1,830 m, in central Idaho. There is magnificent skiing and Baldy’s 13 chairlifts have a capacity fo rover 23,000 skiers per hour.  Sun Valley has kept the lift lines to a minimum, a rarity among major resorts. Also, Dollar mountain is ideal for learners and a great place for children.

In the podcast below, I chatted to Chris Ilsley about Idaho on my regular Friday night Travel Bug segment that is part of Perth Tonight on radio station 6PR.

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