Originally founded as an outpost on the Oregon Trail, Boise is now a booming city on the bank of the rolling river that shares its name. Enjoy fine dining and the fine arts downtown on happening stretches like Eighth Street, then take to the great outdoors, which can be enjoyed both within city limits and beyond.
Catch a peek of some of the city’s marquee cultural institutions in quick succession with a visit to the Boise park system’s downtown centerpiece, Julia Davis Park. A verdant urban oasis of nearly 100 acres, the park features a beautiful rose garden and a paddle boating pond. Visitors can also visit their choice of three museums spread across the park grounds: The Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Museum, and Idaho Black History Museum.
What’s more, the park offers easy access to the Boise River Greenbelt, a recreational trail that slices through downtown and spans more than 20 miles along the banks of the Boise River. Throughout the trail are multiple wildlife preserves, so renting a bike and taking a trip in any direction up or down the Greenbelt is a perfect, relaxing way to take in all of Boise from end to end.
See what the area has to offer beyond the city with an excursion to any one of the stunning parks just outside of the city. Follow the Boise River southeast and eventually you’ll run into Lucky Peak State Park. Travelers can enjoy a dip in cool waters and also enjoy a long hike through the hills that surround Lucky Peak Lake. Trek a bit further east and you’ll hit the Rockies, which offer a massive number of sights and activities to enjoy among the mountains. Hike through scenic wilderness in Sawtooth National Forest or hit the slopes at any of the nearby resorts.
This list of natural wonders to explore goes on almost without end, with unique destinations within reach of Boise in all directions. West of the city is Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which was created as a national bird refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt all the way back in 1909. This area is a popular place for Boise residents to escape from the bustle of the city. To the south is Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. It might be a mouthful to say, but its magnificent canyon and dense population of falcons, eagles, and other nesting raptors will leave any visitor breathless.
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Things to do in Boise.
- Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
- Idaho State Capitol Building
- Old Idaho Penitentiary
- Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
- Lucky Peak State Park
- Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
- Boise Art Museum
- Idaho Black History Museum
- Idaho State Museum