Boise, ID

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Boise featuring a park and fall colors

The City of Trees is Idaho’s capital and largest city, known for its natural beauty, outdoor pursuits and museums. 

Tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and along the Boise River, Boise revels in the outdoor life. From skiing at Bogus Basin and kayaking down rivers to hiking, biking and bird watching, there is an abundance of ways to enjoy and embrace nature.

Take an extended walk or bike ride along the Boise River Greenbelt. This is a 22-mile (35.4-kilometer) tree-lined paved pathway that follows the river through the city and encompasses several parks and wildlife habitats. The path runs on both sides of the river and can be accessed from numerous streets and bridges in the city. Look for the local wildlife that includes songbirds, Canada geese and great blue herons.

Float down the river on a raft or inner tube, or rent a kayak to explore the waterway. Engage your sense of adventure with some whitewater rafting on the main section of the Payette River, just 40 minutes outside of Boise.

During winter months make your way up to the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area for skiing and snowboarding. There are 2,600 acres (1,052 hectares) for day skiing and 165 acres (66.7 hectares) for night skiing. The resort is situated 16.5 miles (26.5 kilometers) north of Boise.

Enjoy a day at Boise National Forest. There are more than two and a half million acres (800,000 hectares) of forests, mountains and fast rivers. Here you can hike, bike, rock climb, sail or water ski. Overnight camping is possible at many forest locations. There are developed and undeveloped sites, and remote cabins are available for rent.

Boise knows how to excite lovers of the outdoors, but the city also has many indoor attractions. Downtown Boise’s few blocks are easily explored on foot. Here you’ll find a number of major attractions including the Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho, a hands-on science museum, and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. At night the downtown area turns into a party playground with several bars, lounges and clubs featuring live entertainment.

Where to stay in Boise

Inn America - Boise
Inn America - Boise
2.5 out of 5
2275 Airport Way, Boise, ID
The price is $95 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from National Interagency Fire Center and Wildland Firefighters Monument and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hillcrest ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,350 reviews)
"It was clean and pleasant, garbage pick up at 6 a.m. woke us up too early."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Inn America - Boise
The Grove Hotel
The Grove Hotel
4 out of 5
245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
The price is $139 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in the heart of Boise, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Idaho Central Arena and Boise Centre. Idaho State Capitol Building and Boise State ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,174 reviews)
"Loved downtown Boise"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

The Grove Hotel
The Riverside Hotel, BW Premier Collection
The Riverside Hotel, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
2900 W. Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Boise State University, Boise Centre, and Idaho State Capitol Building. ExtraMile Arena and Albertsons ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (950 reviews)
"Very clean and nice people. It was a little hard To access from the road but nice hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

The Riverside Hotel, BW Premier Collection
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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Boise Downtown/University
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Boise Downtown/University
2.5 out of 5
1455 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
The price is $114 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in the heart of Boise, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boise State University, Idaho Central Arena, and Egyptian Theatre. Boise Centre and Albertsons ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (481 reviews)
"Staff was very very friendly and helpful - Brook and Brianna - Studio was clean and well setup"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Boise Downtown/University
Home2 Suites by Hilton Nampa
Home2 Suites by Hilton Nampa
3 out of 5
5860 E Franklin Rd, Nampa, ID
The price is $135 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated in Nampa, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Idaho Center, Ridgecrest Golf Club, and Nampa Gateway Center. Warhawk Air Museum and Centennial Golf ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (207 reviews)
"Excellent condition, clean and good breakfast"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Nampa
Home2 Suites Boise Downtown
Home2 Suites Boise Downtown
3 out of 5
202 South 6th Street, Boise, ID
The price is $133 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in the heart of Boise, this aparthotel is steps from Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Central Arena, and Belgravia Building. Boise Brewing and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (113 reviews)
"The night manager Grace was amazing. She actually remembered just about everyone she met and called them by name. Smart, sociable, excellent customer service."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Home2 Suites Boise Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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