Where wilderness and adventure are only minutes from a lively downtown. Laid back and friendly, where friends meet on the way home for burgers and brews after a day of skiing or tubing at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. From gourmet and trendy restaurants, funky local shops, craft breweries galore, and a strong community spirit, Boise is a thriving city where a river runs through it, dirt trails are out your front door, and live theater performances are an Uber ride away.
This flourishing city is the state capital of Idaho, with a population of more than 228,790. Boise is ideal in that it’s large enough to have everything you could want at your fingertips, yet small enough to still be friendly and easy to navigate. It’s no wonder it is one of the fastest- growing cities in the nation.
Outdoor recreation is a way of life in Boise, no matter the season. The foothills of the Rocky Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to this vibrant city and include more than 140 miles of trails—literally out many residents’ back doors. You’ll find mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, and dog owners with their canine pets on these trails at any time of the year. The Greenbelt offers 25 miles of paved and dirt trails along the Boise River to run, ride, or stroll with hundreds of spots to fish or play in the water. Floating the Boise River is a must during summertime, while skiing is a huge part of the Boise winter with Bogus Basin just 20 miles up the mountain.
If the outdoors isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll find plenty of other ways to fill your event calendar in Boise, including annual jazz and music festivals, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and many other theater performances throughout the year. Home to the largest Basque community in the United States, Boise hosts a huge Basque festival, Jaialdi, held every five years—the next one taking place this year in 2020. Boise is also home to the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and several museums.
And sports fan, don’t fret! While Boise may not have a professional football team, the Boise State Broncos (as fans would agree) are just as good as many professional teams! You won’t go far around town without seeing the classic blue and orange colors of Boise State University. Another sports favorite is the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team. With practices and home games played right in the heart of downtown Boise, you’re sure to rub elbows with one of these professional players any day of the week.
Like all major cities, Boise is composed of several distinct neighborhoods. Continue reading for a synopsis of each community.
Downtown Boise is the cultural center of the city and home to more than 100 shops, 80 restaurants, and several microbreweries and nightlife venues. Downtown Boise is an energetic, clean, and livable community that is also walkable and friendly. Community events such as the Saturday Farmer’s Market, First Thursday, and the weekly Alive-After-Five outdoor concert series on The Grove Plaza bring large crowds to the area. The 8th Street Marketplace provides a lively pedestrian zone lined with boutiques, local restaurants, and bars. Downtown Boise’s popular attractions include Julia Davis, Ann Morrison and Kathryn Albertson parks, the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre, the Boise Art Museum, and the Basque Block.
Located near downtown, the North End is Boise’s historic treasure and is comprised of many of the city’s older homes and quiet neighborhoods. It’s known for its tree-lined streets such as Harrison Boulevard and the Historic Hyde Park District with its boutiques and popular eateries. Each year residents look forward to the Hyde Park Street Fair located at popular Camel’s Back Park.
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