Silver City, southwest of Boise, is a well-known ghost town. Its old mine workings, old frame buildings (many of which are summer residences), and nearby cemeteries are among the few remnants of the former mining community. Idaho City, northeast of Boise, was also once a major mining center. Now little more than 300 people live there.
The Grand Canyon of the Snake River, designated a national recreation and wilderness area, is a spectacular sight. Tourists can take a four-day boat trip from Homestead, Oregon, to Lewiston through the rushing waters of the canyon’s main gorge, or enjoy shorter jet boat trips departing from Lewiston.
Among Idaho’s many other natural wonders is Thousand Springs. Located near Buhl, in southern Idaho, it is a group of natural springs that cascade from canyon walls along the Snake River. Shoshone Falls, also on the Snake River, are higher than Niagara Falls and drop 65 m (212 ft) over a horseshoe-shaped rim. On the river directly above Shoshone Falls are Twin Falls, with a 41-m (135-ft) drop. Idaho has hundreds of caves, many of them unexplored. The Shoshone Ice Caves, which are located north of Shoshone Falls, contain remarkable ice formations. Other notable caves include Crystal Ice Cave, near American Falls, and Minetonka Cave, near Paris. Erosion has formed Balanced Rock, southwest of Buhl. Through the ages, wind erosion has worn away the bottom part of the massive rock, which is 12 m (40 ft) high and now rests in a seemingly precarious balance on a base only 1 m (3 ft) wide.
The Winter Sports Carnival is held in the resort village of McCall each January. In February, the University of Idaho hosts the Annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and during March, a major national skiing event, the Harriman Cup, is held at Sun Valley.
Among rodeos is the Snake River Stampede, held in July at Nampa. It is one of the largest rodeos in the western United States. Also held in July are the Diamond Cup hydroplane races on Coeur d’Alene Lake. Late in July or early in August there are performances of religious sun dances by Shoshones at the Fort Hall Reservation. The people of Bonners Ferry celebrate with Kootenai River Days in midsummer. "Idaho" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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