Should Idaho be in the Pacific Northwest?
It's been a debate that has taken place for a long time, and depending on where you look, you may be surprised to see the answers. For example, the website Visit The USA states, " the Pacific Northwest refers to the northwestern portion of the USA bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, primarily the states of Washington and Oregon." They continue to mention that Idaho is part of the Pacific Northwest, but since we aren't in the Pacific Time zone, should Idaho even be considered?
Wikipedia mentions that there aren't any actual official boundaries, but Idaho is also part of the Mountain States.
The Mountain West is one of the largest and most diverse regions in the United States, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Wikipedia says mountain states "generally refer to the U.S. States which encompass the U.S. Rocky Mountains."
Do we even want to be part of the Pacific Northwest?
Idahoans complain about Washington and Oregon all the time. It's so bad that Oregon doesn't want to be part of Oregon. They would rather be part of Idaho. Is it time to separate ourselves from the Pacific Northwest? When people ask me where I live, I say Idaho. There's no mention of the Pacific Northwest at all. So when I thought of the Pacific Northwest before living here, I always thought of Washington and Oregon.
What do you think? Should Idaho be part of the Pacific Northwest, or should we be considered the Mountain West? How about both?