According to abbreviationfinder, Idaho is located in the northwestern United States, between Canada (north), Montana and Wyoming (east), Oregon and Washington State (west), and Utah and Nevada (south). The state is divided into seven regions, namely Northern, North Central, Southwestern, South Central, Southeastern, Eastern, and Central.
Eastern Idaho is shielded by rugged mountain ranges and therefore has a continental climate with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures vary extremely throughout the state, depending on local elevation changes. For example, in certain places it can freeze as much as -50°C in the winter, while the summer has pleasant temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius. Precipitation does not fall much, except in the form of snow on the mountain tops. On average, Boise receives about 12 inches (31 cm) of rainfall per year.
Best time to travel to Idaho
September and October are the best months to visit Idaho. It is then drier than in spring, less cold than in winter and less hot than in summer. Moreover, autumn in this very varied landscape is a breathtaking spectacle.
Flora and fauna of Idaho
The Gem State is a well-kept secret among nature lovers, especially given its varied landscape. After Alaska, this is the largest nature reserve in the USA. Only the southern part of Idaho – which merges into the Great Plains – consists of lowlands, the rest is dominated by the Rocky Mountains. In addition, there are thousands of lakes and bodies of water formed from glaciers and the Snake River, a branch of the Columbia River, throughout Idaho. This state boasts natural attractions that are oddly overshadowed by “lesser” attractions in the rest of the country: Hells Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon, Shoshone Falls is higher than Niagara, and the Bruneau Sand Dunes are taller than the dunes of Death Valley.
Main cities in Idaho
According to countryaah, the capital of Idaho is Boise. In addition, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Lewiston are also important cities.
Nature in Idaho
Strangely enough, Idaho has no official National Parks, except for a piece of Yellowstone that is in the state’s territory. The stunningly haunting Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Bruneau Dunes State Park, and the Sawtooth Mountains National Recreational Area (PHOTO BELOW) are the closest we’ll get to rural wilderness areas.
In addition, a drive on the Thousand Springs Scenic Route, which includes the mighty Shoshone Falls, is a priceless experience.
Water sports in Idaho
Idaho is more than proud of no less than 5,000 kilometers of flowing recreational water, which varies from calm streams to wildly swirling rivers. Here it is also great for rafting, fishing, swimming and water skiing.
Famous explorers Lewis and Clark traversed Idaho sometime between 1804 and 1806 in search of a water connection to the Pacific Ocean.
The area along the Lochsa River (PHOTO ABOVE) is still regarded as one of the harshest passages of their journey. Kooskia and Salmon are respectively home to a memorial site along the Lochsa and the Sacajawea Interpretative and Education Center, a museum dedicated to the illustrious duo’s Native American guide. In addition, the National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center contains a lot of information about the great westward migration, which brought many fortune seekers to the west coast under difficult conditions.