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Compass American Guides: Idaho, 3rd Edition

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The guide that has it all–spectacular photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps to help you make the most of your trip. Written by longtime Idaho residents, Compass American Guides Idaho provides in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America’s most spectacular destinations! Follow your Compass to “get” there.

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Overview

Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

The guide that has it all–spectacular photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps to help you make the most of your trip. Written by longtime Idaho residents, Compass American Guides Idaho provides in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America’s most spectacular destinations! Follow your Compass to “get” there.

Experience the true Great Outdoors. Hit the slopes of the Sun Valley ski resort, cast a line at Hemingway’s favorite fishing hole, and check out the otherworldly Craters of the Moon.

Stunning images. Full-color photos capture Idaho’s rugged beauty, from the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the rushing wilderness rivers. Fascinating archival images illuminate the state’s vibrant history.

Feel the past come to life. Learn about the brutal Nez Percé War and the pioneer treks along the Oregon Trail. Discover eerie ghost towns, go rafting on the River of No Return, and cheer at a rodeo.

Visit Fodors.com for more ideas and information, travel deals, vacation planning tips, reviews and to exchange travel advice with other travelers.

What the critics say about Compass American Guides:
“Lushly illustrated and intelligently written.” —National Geographic Traveler

“The most literate and elegant series of guides ever written about North America.” —Jan Morris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400007417
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Full-Color Travel Guide Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 958,116
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ........... 9

Natural History: Geology, Geography And Wildlife ............ 13
Geologic History ........... 13
Geography ............ 18
Snake River Basin............ 18
Rocky Mountains ............ 21
The Panhandle ........... 21
Climate ............ 22
Wildlife ........... 22
Birdlife ............ 22
Mammals ........... 23
Fish ............ 28

History............ 31
Horse Culture ............ 34
Lewis and Clark Expedition ........... 36
Trappers and Trading Posts ............ 38
Missionaries ........... 41
Early Settlement ............ 42
Indian Wars ........... 46
Mormon Settlers ............ 49
Railroads and Silver Mining ........... 51
Potato Farming and Ranching ............ 52
Forests and Dams ........... 56
Idaho Today ............ 58

Boise And The Southwest ........... 61
Greenbelt ............ 64
Tootin’ Tater and Big Mike ........... 66
A Capital Downtown ............ 68
Boise’s Basque Block ........... 74
Behind Prison Walls ............ 75
Nearby Nature Preserves ........... 78
Treasure Valley ............ 78
Elmore and Owyhee Counties ........... 84

The Southeast:
Fertile Crescent ............ 94
Middle Snake ........... 94
Magic Valley ............ 99
Around Burley ........... 105
American Falls ............ 110
Pocatello and Vicinity ........... 112
Bear River Country ............ 114
Idaho Falls and Vicinity ........... 124
Henry’s For ............ 126
Teton and Swan Valleys ........... 130

Central Idaho:
Rockies To Snake River ............ 134
Sun Valley ........... 136
Skiing Sun Valley ............ 138
Ketchum ........... 140
Sawtooth National Recreation Area ............ 144
Western Slopes of the Sawtooth Range ........... 149
Snake River Plain ............ 154

North-Central:
Wilderness Rivers ........... 170
Payette River ............ 170
McCall Area ............ 171
North Fork of the Payette ............ 177
South Fork of the Payette ........... 178
Weiser River ........... 79
Snake River ........... 180
Three Reservoirs ............ 180
Hells Canyon ........... 182
Seven Devils Mountains ............ 183
Salmon River ........... 186
Upper Salmon (Main Fork) ............ 187
Middle Salmon (Main Fork) ........... 194
Lower Salmon (Main Fork) ............ 195
Middle Fork of the Salmon ........... 195

Northern Idaho:
The Panhandle ............ 202
Nez PercŽ Country ........... 202
Lewis and Clark Country ............ 206
Lewiston ........... 213
Moscow: 216
Coeur d’Alene Country ........... 217
Silver Valley ............ 228
Northern Panhandle ........... 235

Practical Information ............ 246
Business Hours ........... 246
Climate ............ 246
Best Times to Visit ........... 247
Getting Around ............ 248
Festivals, Annual Events and Rodeos ........... 254
Time ............ 265
Useful Contacts ........... 265
Recommended Reading ............ 270

Index ............ 274
Acknowledgments ........... 287

Literary Extracts & Topical Essays
The Oregon Trail ............ 44
Clarence Darrow on Idaho’s Athens ............ 67
wpa guide to Idaho on the Idaho City jail ............ 76
Elliot Paul on baseball and the Bloomer Girls ............ 103
wpa guide to Idaho on the town of Blackfoot ............ 125
Sun Valley ............ 136
Lloyd R. Arnold on Ernest Hemingway ............ 142
Annie Pike Greenwood on moving to the sagebrush ............ 155
Ruthanne Lum McCunn on a Chinese girl in Idaho ............ 175
Boyd Norton on rafting on the Salmon River ............ 187
Patrick F. McManus on hunting in grizzly country ............ 192
Meriwether Lewis and Theodore Roosevelt on bears ............ 210
wpa guide to Idaho on a mining town ............ 232
Labor Unrest in the Mines ............ 236

In Each Chapter
Local Favorite Places to Eat ........... 92, 131, 166, 200, 242
Local Favorite Places to Stay ............ 91, 132, 168, 201, 244

Maps
Idaho ........... 8
Natural Features ............ 14
Boise ........... 63
Southwestern Idaho ............ 80
Southeastern Idaho ........... 97
Central Idaho ............ 135
North-Central Idaho ........... 172
Idaho Panhandle ............ 203

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