Drive up Bogus Basin road, at...
Drive up Bogus Basin road, at least five miles. The view is tremendous. If you're a skier, go all the way to the ski area and go skiing. On a clear day (which is most of the time) you can see more than 100 miles. I miss all the outdoor activities when I'm away. Skiing in the winter, Autocross in the summer, great vistas any time of the year.
Pair combines chic athmoshpere with great food
Pair is so unique in its offerings that it can't be easily categorized. Sure there are items on the menu that seem Asian (Thai Ahi Salad $13, Asian Salmon $18, lettuce cups, edamame with sea salt, age tofu w/ponzu, crispy wontons, chicken satay, Tempura Salmon $7...). However there are also Mediterranean items ( fresh hummus, proscuitto, olive tapenade, “flash-fried” shoestring zucchini, calamari...) and American/British items (fish and chips, fried chicken, steak, yam fries, burgers, crab cakes, clams, mac and cheese. The desserts are just as interesting with tempura twinkie, bread pudding, and tempura banana split being amongst your options. Add the great chic interior and you have yourself a wonderful restaurant for first dates, going out with friends, or business dinners. The pictures and the exterior cannot do it justice. I had the tempura salmon and it was light and crisp with a very nice dipping sauce. My friend had the chicken skewers and they were tender and juicy with a very unique flavor.
Julia Davis Park
Stretching along the Boise River, on Capitol Boulevard, and across from Boise State University, is a most important city park, which was dedicated by Jefferson Davis in 1907 in memory of his wife Julia. The park hosts many concerts, and is the location for the museums of art and history. Rose gardens, picnic grounds, sport fields, and other park recreation are also located here.
Boise, Idaho in the summertime
"Boise is HOT in the summer"
I visited Boise this summer, and it's HOT there. The locals told me that it was even hotter in July, but when I was there in August the daytime highs were always around 99 F, with the heat lasting until about 9 pm. The one saving grace is that it's a dry heat. If it were humid there, it would have been unbearable.
"Lots of outdoor activities in Boise in the summer"
There are tons of things to do outside in Boise, even thought it's ridiculously hot outdoors. You can go white water rafting, head out to the lake for boating and camping, float down the Boise river, ride bikes through the miles of trails along the greenbelt, go downtown for Alive After 5, etc...
Downtown Boise is pretty cool. Most of the bars and nightlife are located here. If you're in downtown Boise on a Friday or Saturday night, go try a fried potato sandwich from the street vendor. It's a fried potato in a hot dog bun, with any of the available toppings you would normally associate with hot dogs: chili, cheese, mustard, mayo, ketchup, etc... I didn't get a chance to try one while I was there, but I won't miss out a second time!