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Idaho - The Gem State


Idaho doesn't just have great potatoes - it is also filled with numerous tasty destinations.

With twenty scenic byways and 28 state parks, Idaho offers boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation such as biking, hiking, skiing, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing.

Discover the rich heritage of Idaho's Indian tribes and walk in the paths of explorers Lewis and Clark, or along the old Oregon Trail. Visit mining era towns and museums, historic sites and trails. Idaho's colorful history is one of Indians, French trappers, miners, pioneers, lumberjacks, farmers, Basque sheepherders, the railroad, and more.

If gravity moves you, the skiing sizzles in Idaho with over 16,000 acres in 16 downhill ski areas, areas.  Idaho also offers more than 7,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails where you can get your motor running.

Enjoy your travels in Idaho and welcome to the Legends of the Gem State.


Kathy R. Weiser


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Idaho Articles


The Bannock Indians - Roaming the Great Basin

Battle of Pierre's Hole

Bayhorse - Silver in the Yankee Fork Mining District

Big Dave Updyke - Crooked Sheriff of Ada County

The California Trail - Rush to Gold

Chief Joseph - Leader of the Nez Perce and a True American

City of Rocks National Reserve

Corps of Discovery - The Lewis & Clark Expedition

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Discovery of the Rocky Mountains

Idaho Hidden Treasure

City of Rocks Buried Treasure

Portneuf Canyon Stage Robbery

More Idaho Treasure Tales

Idaho Slideshow (See Below)

Fort Hall - Trading on the Snake River

Fun Facts & Trivia

Gibbonsville - Mining Camp to Bedroom Community

History on Yankee Fork Road - Bonanza & Custer

Idaho Links

Massacre Rocks State Park

Mines of Idaho & Montana

Nez Perce - A Hard Fight For Their Homeland

Oregon Trail - Pathway to the West

Jeffrey-Goodale Cutoff on the Oregon Trail

Quirky Idaho Roadside Attractions

Old Idaho Penitentiary

Oasis Bordello Museum

The Shoshone - Continuing the Traditions of Their Ancestors

The Vigilantes of California, Idaho, & Montana

Writing Credits

Yellowstone National Park






Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho, Jon Sullivan, August, 2003



"...If you pushed me up against a wall as to my favorite spot, I would probably answer the Rocky Mountains of the West, around Idaho. There's something about coming around a corner and seeing a meadow full of wildflowers."

-- Charles Kurault, CBS journalist and host of Sunday Morning



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