The American state of Idaho is located south of the Canadian border in the Northwest part of the United States. Except for the far eastern part of Idaho, the state is predominantly mountainous. An interesting geological fact is that while Idaho is far from the ocean, it has a city, Lewiston that is the most inland port on the west coast of the United States. This is because of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The capitol of Idaho is Boise. Other major cities are Nampa, Cour de’Alene and Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The predominant industries in Idaho are agriculture, with potatoes and sugar beets the main crops, and raising livestock, mostly cattle. Idaho is often called the potato state. Forestry and wood products are also an important industry in Idaho.
Because of the extensive natural beauty of this state, tourism is also important to the economy of Idaho. With two major west coast rivers and twenty good sized lakes, boating and wild river rafting are big attractions for tourists. Fishing for mountain trout and salmon is also very popular with both citizens and visitors. Idaho is less well known for skiing, a fact surprising since the state has thirteen very good ski areas. The best known is the world famous Sun Valley.
The citizens of Idaho are considered very conservative and fiercely independent. Perhaps they even rival the citizens of Texas on that point. There are a good number of residents of Idaho that do their best to live, off the grid, in a totally sustainable manner.