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Idaho is full of surprises. Few outside the state are aware that its capital, Boise, is home to the largest diaspora of people of Basque ancestry outside of Europe, or that the Capitol building is the only one in the United States heated by geothermal ...

Idaho is full of surprises. Few outside the state are aware that its capital, Boise, is home to the largest diaspora of people of Basque ancestry outside of Europe, or that the Capitol building is the only one in the United States heated by geothermal water. More are familiar with the awesome natural beauty of the “Gem State.” Tucked between Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming, Idaho combines the rugged appeal and High Plains desert of the Rocky Mountain states with the verdant landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Idaho's snowcapped promontories are home to ski resorts that match the best of her higher-profile peers in Utah and Colorado. Sun Valley, in the central region, offers world-class skiing and year-round wilderness recreation. In the west, the gorgeous lakeside town of Coeur d'Alene is also a good jumping-off point for several nearby ski resorts, and in the summertime, a hub for a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities, from swimming to rafting to camping, with bald eagles often circling overhead. Idaho is a fly-fisherman's paradise, and the wild cutthroat trout of the Snake River are legendary. Henry's Fork Lodge in Island Park (near Yellowstone Park, on the state's eastern edge) is a stylish base for angling excursions.

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