What is the Deal with Idaho? Why does everyone love it so much?
A lot of people who haven’t been to Idaho hear of its magic and assume it’s a fictional place full of wonder and fantasy. Well, believe it or not, Idaho is very real, and there are tons of awesome things about the Gem State that bring joy to its residents and those who visit. Not only are the residents typically among the nicest people you’ll ever meet, but the state also is full of beauty, with some of the best scenery in North America and even in the world, and there are many interesting quirks that make it a unique part of the United States!
To kick things off with the most well-known fact about Idaho, the state not only provides 1/3 of the country’s potatoes and ships them to states as far as Texas, Ohio, Florida, and New York, but also offers the best potatoes that can be found anywhere in the continent. In the 1800s it was discovered by pioneers who settled in the state that the environment of Idaho, as well as the quality of its soil, turned out to be nothing short of dynamite! Idaho ground and weather form the ideal combination of greatness to produce the best and most delicious potatoes you can think of.
Because of how tasty Idaho’s potatoes are, it stands to reason that they not only make the best French fries, one of North America’s favorite side dishes but also were popularized in the state. Nowadays you can’t visit a burger restaurant without having this delectable food as an option. This is all thanks to J.R. Simplot, whose company has always had massive success in the potato business. In the 1940s, Simplot commercialized frozen French fries and made a deal with Ray Kroc in 1967 to be the exclusive provider of fries to McDonald’s. And the rest is history. Now every Burger King, Wendy’s, and Dairy Queen in the United States offers fries as a delicious snack!
Another invention of the Gem State that just about everybody is familiar with is the television. Though born in Beaver, Utah, Philo T. Farnsworth was raised in the small town of Rigby, Idaho, and that is where he came up with and sketched his initial idea of the television when he was just a high school student. All his life he was always inventing things and trying to make life more convenient for his family, and he had aspirations to create a television that ran on electricity. In 1928 while going to college at Brigham Young University, he managed to turn that original sketch into a working prototype, which he worked towards perfecting throughout the 1930s. In the late 1940s the first television sets were finally put on the market, and to this day they have remained a staple in people’s homes not only in the United States but all over the world!
People from every state in the nation know how great the mountains of Idaho are when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. The slopes at the various ski resorts all over the state seem tailor-made for this popular winter sport. One of the best of these is the Sun Valley ski resort. There’s a reason some of the world’s most famous celebrities (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, and Demi Moore) have had homes here. The resort has two fantastic mountains, Bald and Dollar mountains. Bald Mountain is remarkably smooth, with visitors able to soar down the slopes without a hitch and without any flat areas to get in the way! Dollar Mountain not only has amazing slopes for long-time skiers but also has the ideal hills for anyone just learning the sport. Dollar is also home to the very first chairlift ever built, and you’ll see why people have been skiing there for so long, as the sun shines beautifully on the mountain and there are no trees to get in your way, leaving you free to move around however you want as you speed down the hills! Other great ski resorts in Idaho include McCall, Coeur d’Alene, and Bogus Basin, so no matter where you are in the state, you are in the ideal place for this beloved winter sport!
Perhaps the biggest reason people are in love with this gorgeous state is that of the breathtaking scenery of the great outdoors. Aside from the many wonderful mountains, there are many other excellent sights to discover like the massive Hells Canyon, which at a depth of 7,993 ft is even deeper than the Grand Canyon (and is the deepest river gorge on the North American continent), Lake Coeur d’Alene, which is a stunning beauty along a beautiful landscape surrounded by excellent parks, resorts, and boat docks, and Shoshone Falls, which is one of Idaho’s most famous attractions. Aren’t able to make it to Niagara Falls? Pay a visit to Shoshone! The Falls are only a few dollars per vehicle to check out, and with a height of 212 ft, they are actually even higher than Niagara Falls! One of the state’s most beautiful scenic overlooks provides an excellent vantage point of the Falls, and even in the picnic area, you can admire their majesty. There is also an ideal swimming area to add some more variety to your visit to the falls!
These things might be some of the most loved things about Idaho, but you’ll find so many other wonderful amenities the state has to offer. For example, One of the tastiest and rarest fruits in the world, the huckleberry, is found in abundance in Idaho, and as such, you can find the best huckleberry flavored ice cream all over the state! As you can see there are cool and unique things all over this great part of the world! So just why do people love the Gem state so much? There are so many reasons! Visit the state yourself and discover which aspect of Idaho you fall in love with first!