A pretty city that often lands on "best places to live" lists, Boise boasts bountiful outdoor recreation, a lively cultural scene and safe neighborhoods. Is it a great place to retire?
A quiet, well-managed city, Idaho Fall sits along the Snake River in eastern Idaho and often lands on "best places to live" lists.
In northern Idaho's Palouse, a striking agricultural landscape, down-to-earth Moscow boasts a gentle spirit and a mellow way of life. Home to the University of Idaho, it has an authentic downtown, a good senior center, fun festivals and more. It is a great retirement spot!
Named by the eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing, Idaho was one of the last regions in the lower 48 to be explored by Europeans. The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the area through Lemhi Pass in 1805. Trappers and fur traders soon followed.
The Gem State encompasses mountain ranges, river gorges, and lakes. Boise, its capital, is set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is halved by a river. Weather can be as variable as the landscape. Maritime influences moderate winter temperatures in the west. The east can experience lower temperatures, wetter summers, and drier winters.
Manufacturing has become the state's main economic driver. Idaho is still a major producer of cattle, potatoes, and trout. Even though mining has faded in importance, Idaho continues to extract gold, silver, molybdenum, as well as 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Sun Valley has nurtured the state's newest industry - tourism.
Famous Idaho natives include writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound, Olympians Pikabo Street and Dick Fosbury and Hall of Fame football player Jerry Kramer.
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