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Downtown Boise Skyline. IDAK/Shutterstock
Downtown Boise Skyline. IDAK/Shutterstock
Train Depot. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Train Depot. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Courthouse. Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
Courthouse. Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
Inside Capitol. Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
Inside Capitol. Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
Hyde Park neighbourhood of Boise. Partick R
Hyde Park neighbourhood of Boise. Partick R
Power Station. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Power Station. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
The Boise Art Museum. Photo Karakorum90
The Boise Art Museum. Photo Karakorum90
Train Depot. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Train Depot. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock

Boise,Idaho

Boise is the capital of the US state of Idaho nestled high in the desert plains with the Boise River running through the city. Founded in 1863 as a fort during the civil war, Boise has a population of around 220,000 people, many of which are employed by the numerous international and state corporations headquartered here.

The city is spread out with several large neighbourhoods with Downtown Boise being the cultural center and the place to go for a vibrant nightlife. Downtown Boise’s main attractions include the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho State Capitol, Zoo Boise and the Egyptian Theatre that was architecturally inspired by King Tut’s tomb. Boise has the largest Basque community in the United States with parts of Downtown Boise named the “Basque Block’.

On the southern end of Downtown Boise lies the Boise State University (BSU) including Bronco Stadium and the Taco Bell Arena that is owned by the state university and used for large concerts, basketball and tennis matches. Nearby the BSU campus you will find some excellent value themed college bars and restaurants.

For history, the best places to visit include the Basque Museum, the Idaho History Museum and the Idaho Black History Museum that contains the history of African Americans in Idaho. Not so much history but another great place to see is the Discovery Center of Idaho, which features hands-on stimulating scientific exhibits fun for all ages.

Boise is also a great city to visit because is surrounded by nature making fun sports like mountain biking, climbing, nature walks, canoeing, boating, horse riding, bird watching, river fishing and white water rafting just to name a few easily accessible. Some recommended scenic places to visit include the Power Station in the Boise Greenbelt, Kathryn Albertson Park, the Idaho Botanical Gardens and the Ridge to River trail System.

Two great attractions not to miss area tour of the Old Idaho Penitentiary and the wildlife at the World Center For Birds of Prey.

For more holiday information on Boise you may also want to visit the official Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Main street leading to Boise, Idaho. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Main street leading to Boise, Idaho. Charles Knowles/Shutterstock
Idaho State Capitol building in Boise. Sam Strickler/Shutterstock
Idaho State Capitol building in Boise. Sam Strickler/Shutterstock