Of all the places Hemingway lived, Idaho may not rate among the most exotic. After all, he spent most of his life in some exciting far-flung locales, from bohemian Paris to colourful Cuba. And yet when Hemingway first came here in 1939, Sun Valley, Idaho was for all intents and purposes still at the frontier of the Wild West. Here in this rustic mountain community, he found great freedom (and the privacy he needed to conduct a love affair with a woman who was not yet his wife). He first came seeking the offered free ride off of the Union Pacific Railroad executives. But when the publicity stunt passed and two marriages had come and gone, Hemingway kept coming back. Today Sun Valley still maintains its star power, providing a remote hideaway for the rich and famous. Driving here from Boise (the state capital and location of the closest major airport), the scenery hasn't changed much since Hemingway's day.