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BoiseUnited States of America

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

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Downtown Boise

4/5Very Good!(491 area reviews)

Travelers come to Downtown Boise for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Boise Art Glass and Woodland Empire Ale Craft while you're in town.

Downtown Boise
The famous Boise ice cream potato-  all ice cream

North End

5/5Exceptional!(12 area reviews)

North End is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Camel's Back Park and Boise Trolley Tour.

North End
Pond at sunset

Southeast Boise

4.5/5Wonderful!(132 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the live music and sporting events in Southeast Boise. You might want to make time for a stop at ExtraMile Arena or Barber Park.

Southeast Boise
View of the Boise foothills from the Table Rock trail.

The trail is in an ideal location adjacent to downtown Boise. The area has lots of trailheads alongside a fun and vibrant urban scene. Boise truly  has the best of both worlds.

East End

5/5Exceptional!(13 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the gardens and parks in East End. You might want to make time for a stop at Idaho Botanical Garden or Old Idaho Penitentiary.

East End
These "great balls of fire"  are along  the Boise River greenbelt.  The Boise River Greenbelt is about 25 miles long and has great colors throughout the fall.

Veterans Park

3.5/5Good!(9 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Veterans Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Boise Trolley Tour are top sights worth seeing.

Veterans Park
View of the Boise foothills from the Table Rock trail.

The trail is in an ideal location adjacent to downtown Boise. The area has lots of trailheads alongside a fun and vibrant urban scene. Boise truly  has the best of both worlds.

Harris Ranch

If you're spending some time in Harris Ranch, Barber Park and Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater and Reserve are top sights worth seeing.

Harris Ranch

Top Hotels in Boise

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn Boise - Airport
Hampton Inn Boise - Airport
2.5 out of 5
3270 South Shoshone, Boise, ID
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $89 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from National Interagency Fire Center and Wildland Firefighters Monument and within 3 mi (5 km) of Boise ...

4.4/5Excellent! (602 reviews)

"Nice stay during covid-19 pandemic, no amenities but the staff was extremely friendly. They did what they could to try to make up fo what was closed. Staff makes a difference when they are tips friendly!"…"

Reviewed on May 2, 2020

Hampton Inn Boise - Airport
The Grove Hotel
The Grove Hotel
4 out of 5
245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID
The price is $139 per night

Located in the heart of Boise, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CenturyLink Arena and Boise Centre. Boise State University and ExtraMile Arena are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,748 reviews)

"The view was amazing seeing downtown Boise! The parking was ridiculous"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

The Grove Hotel
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
3625 W Elder St, Boise, ID
The price is $71 per night

Located in Hillcrest, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from National Interagency Fire Center and Wildland Firefighters Monument and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Boise State ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (415 reviews)

"Clean rooms. Nice bathroom. Wish they had more luggage carts."…"

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites

Popular places to visit in Boise

Boise State University
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Boise State University

4.5/5(550 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Boise State University, a top college in Boise. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.

Bogus Basin Ski Resort
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Bogus Basin Ski Resort

4/5(106 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Bogus Basin Ski Resort during your trip to Boise. Experience the great live music or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Idaho State Capitol Building
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Idaho State Capitol Building

4.5/5(452 reviews)

After visiting Idaho State Capitol Building, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Boise. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Top things to do in Boise

Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Walking Tour with Tastings
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Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Walking Tour with Tastings

100% of travellers recommend
$73
Per adult
Capitol District Sunday Brunch Walking Tour with Tastings
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Capitol District Sunday Brunch Walking Tour with Tastings

100% of travellers recommend
$68
Per adult
Craft Cocktail Tour in Boise
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Craft Cocktail Tour in Boise

$88
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Boise
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Urban Adventure Quest - Boise

100% of travellers recommend
$19
Per adult
Dinner Tour in Boise's Trendy BoDo Neighborhood
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Dinner Tour in Boise's Trendy BoDo Neighborhood

$97
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Idaho
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Idaho

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Boise

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

We were passing through on our way to Texas. Didn't take time to see anything in Boise

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

I love Boise

5/5 - Excellent

Rosey

May 26, 2020

Boise is a fantastic city with lots of outdoor activities in town and along the greenbelt

4/5 - Good

Bentley

May 26, 2020

Downtown what I saw was clean and nicely landscaped

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

I like Boise, but this trip was business and not pleasure

5/5 - Excellent

Shawn

May 11, 2020

Very safe town or at least i felt safe :)

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