Contrary to what you might assume, there are so many reasons to visit Boise, Idaho, including attractions for city people and nature-lovers alike. Here are my picks for what to do, where to stay, where to eat and drink and more! This Boise city guide is a living document that I’ll be updating after each future trip!
WHERE TO STAY IN BOISE:
I love the location of the Residence Inn Boise Downtown/City Center, which is just close enough to the action without being smack-dab in the center of downtown. You’ll be easy walking distance from plenty to do, see and eat, and rooms are clean and spacious. The hotel staff is some of the friendliest I’ve ever encountered, too! Prices are generally super reasonable, but should you want to, you can also redeem Marriott points here.
WHERE TO EAT IN BOISE:
Fork – Boise’s take on farm-to-table, with an emphasis on craft cocktails to boot
Juniper – Modern spot with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, wine and beer
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro – A legendary diner in town—go early or face a lengthy wait!
Boise Fry Company – It’s all about the fries (and wide variety of dipping sauces) at this establishment. When in Idaho, right?
Bittercreek Alehouse – A lively pub atmosphere with solid food options
The Stil – Some of the best ice cream you’ll ever have, made with local dairy (and sometimes infused with local booze!)
WHERE TO DRINK IN BOISE:
Meriwether Cider House – Boise’s hub for all things cider. They make their own and also serve a wide variety from around the world. Flights offered!
District Coffee House – Airy coffee shop with lots of seating and a wide variety of baked goods, kombuchas and more
THINGS TO DO IN BOISE:
Freak Alley – This downtown alleyway is home to blocks’ worth of vibrant and quirky street art and represents the largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest.
Boise train depot – This historic building was once used as a train station, and while it’s not anymore, it’s still one of the best places in Boise for city views and photography.
Shop hop downtown – Boise is home to so many independent shops and businesses, and you’ll find them all brimming with local pride.
Camel’s Back Park – Head to this park and you’ll see why its name is so appropriate! Those who trek up the hump will be rewarded with incredible Boise skyline views.
Table rock – Drive up this mountain for panoramic views and hiking opportunities.
STILL ON MY LIST:
Hyde Park – This historic district in Boise’s North End is part of the National Register of Historic Places and home to plenty of shops and eateries.
Floating the Boise River – Floating down the river looks like the perfect way to beat the serious heat of Boise’s summers. Companies such as this one provide rafts, tubes and shuttles!
For more on Boise, check out this recap of my latest visit!
Hope this city guide inspired you to visit Boise, Idaho! What are your can’t-miss Boise attractions? Share them below in the comments! >>
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