Boise Travel Guide

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Boise Highlights

  • Pro
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     Usually sunny and dry, mountains are close. 

  • Con
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     Kinda Dry 

  • In a nutshell
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     Interesting, cultural, vibrant college town, next to the great outdoors! 

Boise Things to Do

  • Walk the Boise State University

    Students at Boise State University are fortunate to have a nice school located both adjacent to the south fork of the Boise River and across from Julia Davis Park. The campus is the largest school of higher education in Idaho with over 23,000 students attending.The school was originally an Episcopalian school but was transferred to a public...

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  • Walk Through Pioneer Village

    Located right next door to the Idaho State Museum, Pioneer Village is a tribute to the early settlers of Idaho displaying both their initial views of the area as well as some housing types.Pioneer Village's history goes back to 1933 when a local group moved two log cabins to Julia Davis Park. However over the years the area deteriorated unitl the...

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  • Check Out the Idaho State Historical...

    Nearly every state has a central museum celebrating its history. Idaho is no exception. However what sets Idaho's apart is the quality of its exhibits both inside and outside the main building. The museum is located on the edge of Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise. Parking was a bit of a headache to find even on a mid week morning. However search...

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Boise Restaurants

  • Not the best

    The place was loud, couldn't eat in comfort. The menu was limited, not many choices. The prices were high, for what you were served. I would never go back. Nothing there sounded good, but beef strogenoff but it was $25.00 I had a small Cuban sand. $11.50, it was so-so.

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  • Best Basque in Town

    In a town like Boise, where the Basque heritage is a thing of pride, it's a matter of intense pride if you have the best Basque food in the city. I think that's here. We tried the others; this is better.I love the atmosphere here. Like the name says, it's more like a pub than a restaurant. You can sit at the bar, at some high tables behind the bar,...

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  • Good Food Great Wine

    Love this place. Decor and ambiance is casual and modern with large windows and outdoor seating facing the shopping areas on 8th street. Food was very good and as the name would suggest, excellent selection of wines. And they have a wine shop too. Panko Crusted Crab Cakes with Lemon and Sun-Dried Tomato Aiolis

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Boise Nightlife

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  • What a Tap Selection!

    A tap selection that changes almost daily, focusing on regional beers with a particular emphasis on the more interesting seasonals produced by Idaho breweries. That's awesome. Then there's the "low power happy hour," where the lights are turned down and both beer and food is put on special. Even better. Then there's the "beer flights," which allows...

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  • Pizza and live music!

    PI is a really cool club set in downtown Boise. Great live music venue. Great beer selection and Pizza restaurant.

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  • Duelling pianos

    It's a pretty wild bar/restaurant on the weekends, they have three pianos players taking requests. Probably the most lively place on saturday night.Haven't tried the food yet. Dress like you will be drunk later.

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Boise Transportation

  • Boise's Outstanding Bicycle Trails

    Boise has an excellent system of trails, dedicated lanes, and routes for cyclists. Downtown is now extremely popular for families to come on their fat tired cruisers, as well as traditional mountain and road bicycles. I rode a very nice dedicated bicycle path which goes along Federal Blvd and an irrigation canal to the Train Depot. But, the best...

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  • Truck Stop Access to the City

    Truck Drivers and RV enthusiasts might like to know that the TA truck stop is at the Broadway overpass, and so has good access to downtown via either Broadway or Federal Blvds. I walked this distance into town and guess that it may be two to three miles total. Also, there is an older and less well maintained Flying J truck stop on Federal Blvd at...

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  • Fly Horizon/Alaskan to Boise

    I purchased my flight with Continental Airlines and on my way home from Boise the first leg was actually a Horizon Airlines flight. It was my first time on a prop plane. I was a bit nervous as I have heard stories of how turbulent the flights on prop planes are and how noisy they are. Well I can tell you that it was one of the smoothest flights I...

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Boise Shopping

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  • Health Nut Grub

    Boise CO-OP is a favorite for the funky North enders and artsy fartsy health food junkies of the city. For an abundance of tofu-based or chemical free goodies this is the spot. Keep in mind that the CO-OP is rather popular and parking is fiercly won on peak times. -Great selection of import wines and beers. (plus all the cheese and snob food to...

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  • Palmercash - Interesting T-Shirts, etc.

    This is the store for Palmercash, which makes interesting, vintage, and unusual T-shirts. It also sells other similar T-shirts made by others in addition to its own shirts. T-shirts and similar clothing items. The shirts are rather expensive for t-shirts.

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  • Delightful Shop

    This is an adorable little shop full of Basque and European import items. They also have a meet and cheese case and host wine tastings at least once a week. It's clean and well-organized with a friendly staff. The neighborhood is unique - the Basque Block is quiet with tree-lined streets. It's also in downtown Boise which makes it an interesting...

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Boise Local Customs

  • floating the river

    A big thing to do here in the summertime, is to float the Boise river, they start at Barber park, and float on rafts to Ann Morrison park. It reminds me of the movie"deliverence" with the inbred kid and the banjo. Some of the people that float the river would scare that kid away, and if he was there playing his little banjo, he would probably get...

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  • All winter long there are more...

    All winter long there are more cultural activities than 10 people could attend: Opera, Master Chorale, Philharmonic, Idaho Ballet, Idaho Dance Theatre, four or five theatre companies, Shakespeare (summer), regular rock concerts, stage productions by touring companies, Boise State has regular recitals, concerts, chamber music, and plays. The museum,...

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Boise Warnings and Dangers

  • Garden City.

    Don't be fooled by this happy little name for this town, you won't find any gardens here, just bars, trailers,meth labs, and a teenage mom with four kids.I forgot to mention the pawn shops,cheap motels, check cashing outlets, and for the bargain hunter... plenty of cheap used car lots with polyester wearing used car salesman.Enjoy!

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  • Carry water on hikes

    If you're in downtown Boise, it's only a short walk up into the hills just to the northeast of the Capitol. If you go for a walk, be sure to bring water. You can get thirsty quickly, even in November.

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  • Beware of young male drivers...

    Beware of young male drivers who drive with one hand on the wheel, using the other to make rude gestures. Worse are the addictions like Skiing, snow boarding (I tried this this winter, and I'm still waiting for my body to heal- brutal, really brutal), snow mobiling, snow shoeing, cross country skinig, bicycling on the green belt, hiking, tour train...

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Boise Tourist Traps

  • Northview rd.

    This is actually a speed trap, it is a fairly wide road and plenty of people use it to get to Curtis Rd from Maple Grove, but it is 25 mph, so you have to be careful.I f you go slightly over 5 mph, they will get you a nice little fine to add to the imported French tile and sculpted mohagony at the new state of the art Ada county courthouse. I never...

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  • Eagle Road.

    Avoid Eagle RD. This is the worst planned Road I have ever seen, they can't seem to stop putting businesses and neighborhoods in this surrounding area, so the traffic can be like a mini Los Angeles.If you are able to get across this road, and you are headed east on fairview Ave, you will have another surprise.... People leaving Wal-mart.They merge...

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  • Rich history here.

    The Boise Tour Train: This fake train(basically three open air busses connected)It goes down historic warm springs ave. and harrison blvd. every day and blocks traffic, while the host yells about the ever important history here, which is from the 1920's till now. someday, they will have the meridian tour train with the rich history of my...

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Boise What to Pack

  • Four Seasons state!

    If you plan to stay a while, bring a bag big enough to pack for the multiple seasons. Spring and Fall: Think layers: make sure you've got a jacket in the very least. Evenings will get cool on you very quickly. Nobody can tell you exactly when our seasons change as they tend to do so when they so choose. Winter: These can get very cold in Boise, as...

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  • Packing List

    Summer: hiking boots, bathing suit, wetsuit (for waterskiing), warm clothes for evenings, windbreaker/rain jacket, shorts, jeans, t-shirts. McCall is very casual. Winter: warm clothes, jeans, ski clothes, snow shoeing clothes Summer: mosquito repellant

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Boise Off The Beaten Path

  • Malad Gorge: Worth A Look and Right Off...

    I can only imagine how many folks fly by this state park on the interstate unaware of the spectacular views that await them less than a few hundred yards away. This 451-acre park is located just off Interstate 84 at the Tuttle exit. People pass the park in an Malad Gorge is a 450 acre area that is part of Thousand Springs State Park The park is...

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  • Hagerman Fossil Beds NM : Disappointing

    It is not often that a national monument in the United States disappoints but the interpretation and facilities at Hagerman National Monument are disappointing.It is not for the fact that something significant was discovered here. The Hagerman National Monument contains the largest concentration of hagerman horse remains of anywhere in the world....

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  • Hot spa hunting

    North of Boise are many accessible, easy to get to natural hot springs. There are also some out of the way ones-usually the best, and some commercial one. Its worth getting a map or a book showing where and what they have.

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Boise Sports & Outdoors

  • GO BRONCOS!!

    I am just going to talk about the general sports. Of course people in Boise are all about the Broncos, which is the Boise State University team. They have lost of sports including footbal, which is real big, soccer, wrestling, gymnastics among others!!!!

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  • River Rafting on the Payette River

    I went rafting down the South Fork of the Payette River, about 50 miles North of Boise, Idaho. We took a guided river rafting tour with the Cascade Raft Company, and it was a lot of fun. You can also go kayaking; we just went rafting. We took the tour called "The Rush" - a half day trip down the Lower South Fork. There were calm periods during our...

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  • The Boise State Broncos.

    The Boise State football team cracked the top ten in the national rankings this year and with the narrow loss to Louisville, they got some recognition nationally.Boise State has only been known for its blue turf and has always been hammered by those "hated" California schools, now, they have a bunch of those "hated" California players on the team...

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  • Conservative Idaho

    Idaho is a very conservative state politically – possibly the most conservative state in the nation. Nearly all elected officials are Republicans. What little political debate there is here seems to be between the moderate and right-wing sections of the Republican Party, rather than between different political parties. Boise isn’t as right-wing as...

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  • Real estate boom.

    The city of Boise is experiencing a huge inflation of house prices because of the growth, houses that cost around 130k last november are going at 160k now, so people from other states are investing here.Forbes magazine rated Boise number one in the nation for owning a business, so more people are on the move, if anyone is interested, stay in the...

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  • Old Boise

    This area of town has restaurants, clubs, bars, and hot dog stands for drunks after 2 am.These buildings have been remodeled and have been made into fine establishments. The only drawback is that Hannahs is in Old Boise.

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