I recently was out shooting in Palouse, it's a region in Washington State just east of the Cascade Mountains along the boarder of Idaho.
The origins of the name is thought to come from the Palus Indian tribe that made their home in the area, and the French-Canadian fur trappers. The French word, pelisse, meaning "land with short, thick grass".
And the landscape is just that; rich farmland, rolling hills, patchwork colors, small farm towns, amazing buttes, and incredible views.
Palouse has become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Being the "Lima bean capital", they hold a huge festival every year.
It is also referred to as the "Tuscany of America" and from the following images you can see why-