It is, undeniably, a land of contrasts, a state that seems to have been parcelled from many, wrote the author Vardis Fisher, "so diversified in its physical aspects that no one has ever tried to summarize it in one comprehensive formula."
Like so much of the West, it is a romantic's landscape, infused with the power to make us better than we are, with dramatic shifts in altitude and attitude. Idaho is not a state that can be held together by a few phrases. And yet, if one paints with a large enough brush, one could divide the state up the way the travel brochures do.
For northern Idaho that might be "Legendary Lakes," and "The True Water World." Further south, "Golden Waves of Grain," "Land of Lewis & Clark," "America's Deepest River Gorge."
In central Idaho, the phrases roll off the tongue: "America's Alps," "Craters of the Moon," "River of No Return," "Land of Hemingway."
Each region has its catch phrases: "City of Trees," "Niagara of the West," "Silent City of Rocks," "The Caribbean of the West."
Idaho's landscape is alternately harsh and beautiful, powerful and calming, with a touch of romance, mystery, and myth. Beautiful, bewitching Idaho. Esto Perpetua. May she live forever.
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