Idaho is located in the Northwestern United States, with much of the state covered by impassable mountain ranges. Idaho is the most geographically diverse state in the country, with jagged mountains, dense forests, scenic lakes, winding rivers, and deep gorges. Dropping nearly 8,000 feet below the mountains, Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America. The Snake River cascades over the Shoshone Falls, which at 212 feet are taller than the Niagara Falls. Throughout its history, Idaho has undergone several economic transitions. The area has been dominated by fur trading, gold mining, lumber, and agriculture at different historical points. Today’s economy is driven by manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and services. Idaho is by far the United States’ leading producer of potatoes.

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