Idaho is known for beautiful mountains, desert landscapes, crystal lakes and rich lifestyle. This US state has a rich history and growing very fast as a popular tourist destination. The capital of Idaho is Boise, most populous city of the state and county seat of Ada County. Boise city is located on the banks of Boise River and is famous for its beautiful architecture, parks, Idaho Potato Bowl, Huckleberry fruits, generous people and lot of colleges. Boise was just a small forested area in 18th century, surrounded by Rocky Mountains, and was called Les Bois. The golden period of the city started when gold was discovered here in 1862 which attracted a lot of prospectors and investors. Boise became the territorial capital and incorporated as a city in 1864.
The climate of Boise is a cold semi arid steppe one and widely affected by Pacific Ocean. It is not a very snowy city but you can witness some during winters. There are four seasons here with hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather remains dry most of the time and very pleasant breeze can be experienced at night. Most of the days are sunny with clear skies. The best time to visit Boise is during spring.
How to get here?
Boise Airport is a self operating airport, located just 15 minutes from the downtown. It is one of the busiest airports in Idaho and receives a lot of carriers from airlines like Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and more. You can get to downtown from various means of transports available from outside airport and rent a cab to wander around the city.
Accommodation and Food
From classy to casual, luxury to boutique, Boise has every type of accommodation to offer in all price ranges. One of the best options would be The Grove Hotel, located at S Capitol Boulevard, featuring luxury rooms & suites, Emilio’s restaurant, Satori Sushi and space for meetings and special events. Another good option is The Riverside Hotel, located at Chinden Boulevard, with business friendly rooms including large desks, meeting spaces and high speed free internet. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, cable TV, laundry and fitness and recreation facilities. There are some budget accommodations also available like Hampton Inn & Suites, Best Western Caldwell Inn & Suites, Red Lion Hotel, Inn America, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Townplace Suites by Marriott, Springhill Suites, Holiday Inn and others.
There are more than 800 options to have some great tasty food and drinks in Boise. Don’t forget to visit the Sweet Street located at W. Bannock Street featuring a Chocolate Bar, City Peanut Shop and Guru Donuts with some luring peanuts, chocolates, cupcakes and donuts. There is Bardenay with some great American food, Goldy’s Breakfast bistro with nice sandwiches, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizza with some fired pizzas, Bittercreek Ale House with some Pub food, Shige Japanese Cuisine with great Japanese and sushi food, Lucianos Italian Restaurant with fantastic Italian food, Pad Thai House, Barbacoa Restaurant, Blue Sky Bagels, Sunshine Bagel Bakery, CasaBlanca Cuban Grill, Pie Hole, Bleubird, Baguette Deli, IOU Sushi, The Matador and Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant.
Julia Davis Park
Julia Davis Park is a public park located at S Capitol Boulevard in Boise and covers a total area of 90 acres. The 89 acres of land of Park was on donated land by Thomas Davis in memory of his beloved wife Julia Davis. The park features famous Zoo Boise, Idaho Black History Museum, Discovery Center, Idaho State Historical Museum and Boise Art Museum. There are also reservable pavilions, duck pond, restrooms, a tennis court and a Rose Garden. You can take a guided tour of the park and it is free of cost. However, parking facility is not available here.
Old Idaho State Penitentiary
If you wish to visit some abandoned place like a prison then Old Idaho State Penitentiary is the right place. This place was used as a prison for 100 years, from 1872 to 1973 in western United States. The Penitentiary is located on Old Penitentiary Road in Boise and you can pay a visit to explore the unique history, solitary confinement and cell blocks here. There are almost 30 buildings and famous J Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments here which you will surely admire.
Discovery Center of Idaho
Discovery Center of Idaho is a famous science museum located at Myrtle Street in Boise. It exhibits a lot of knowledgeable events related to science, technology, engineering and math (SMET) and some daily science demonstrations. There is also a gift shop with thousands of unique toys and some gifts for your loved ones. The Discovery Center remains open from Thursday to Sunday and admission costs $9 for adults and $7 for children.
World Center for Birds of Prey
The World Center for Birds of Prey is the headquarters of the Peregrine Fund which is a non profit international organization working for the good of endangered raptors. It was established in 1984 and covers an area of 580 acres featuring business offices, breeding facilities for endangered birds of prey, Velma Morrison Interpretive Center, Herrick Collections Building with a research library and the Archives of Falconry. California Condors and Aplomado Falcons are the recent breeding of the World Center for Birds of Prey. The center remains open daily from June to August and closed on Mondays from September to May. The admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Other attractions include Idaho Botanical Garden, Branco Stadium, Bogus Basin, Boise Centre, the Egyptian Theatre and more.