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Boise Basics


Situated along the Boise River where the desert meets the Rocky Mountains, Idaho’s capital city is one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas—and for good reason. Boise blends all the amenities of an urban cityscape set among a tranquil backdrop of scenic beauty. The name “Boise” is derived from the French les bois, meaning “the trees.” The city is touched by four moderate seasons, which suits outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The tree-lined Boise River is the heart of the city and has been developed into a 25-mile Greenbelt river path where you can walk, jog or bike along the edge to a network of city parks. Cast your fly fishing rod or partake in swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and tubing down the Boise River. If you visit during the winter, there’s alpine and cross-country skiing less than an hour away.

If you’re into the arts, Boise is home to world-class museums. Take in a Shakespearean play, listen to a jazz concert or attend a ballet. History buffs will discover why Idaho is the gem state and learn where miners and trappers made their mark years ago at places like the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

Boise has a happening urban vibe, but it also projects a warm, small-town feeling. The various districts and neighborhoods offer unique experiences. Marvel at the post-Victorian homes along the historic streets of the North and East End, or catch a great bite and dance the night away at one of the many downtown haunts. There are endless things to do and explore whether you’re traveling with the entire family or on the quest for some R&R on a romantic getaway.

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