Boise Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Boise

With its beautiful setting in the Rocky Mountains, fine-dining scene, bohemian communities, and numerous family attractions, Boise competes with any city in the American West.

From touring eerie penitentiaries and visiting the State Capitol to meeting the locals at Boise Zoo or wandering around the Botanical Gardens, visitors are never short of places to visit.

Mix in a little gourmet food from Basque and French-inspired bistros, green space around every corner, and the chance to hike, climb or ski a few miles away, and it's easy to see why Boise is such an appealing destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Boise

What to do in Boise

Old Idaho Penitentiary Site
Idaho State Capitol Building
Boise River Greenbelt
World Center For Birds of Prey
Top activities in Boise

When to Visit Boise

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There really isn't a bad time to head to Boise. Alpine sports fans should head there between December and March when the ski season is in full swing. Sightseers will find cheaper accommodation in May and June and from late September onwards, while families will prefer summer, when the temperatures are always warm and the attractions are at their best.

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How to Get to Boise

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Where to Stay in Boise

Boise has a wide range of accommodation providers, from standard family hotels to boutique options. If you just need a dependable no-frills hotel, try the Holiday Inn near the University or Hilton's Homewood Suites. For something more luxurious, give the Grove Hotel or Hotel 43 a try. Both offer intimate, boutique-style accommodation and excellent service. Budget travelers could also try A Country Place in western Boise, which offers cheap beds in a friendly neighborhood.

Popular Neighborhoods in Boise

Where to stay in popular areas of Boise

Most booked hotels in Boise

How to Get Around Boise

The Cost of Living in Boise

Shopping Streets

Boise isn't famous as a shopping destination, but it does have some excellent places to buy clothes (and potato-themed souvenirs). Boise Towne Square is the best of them, featuring stores like Aldo, Banana Republic, and Forever 21. Broad Street in BoDo and Eighth Street Marketplace are other great places to shop.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Boise include familiar names like Walgreen's, Walmart, and Whole Foods as well as local companies like the employee-owned WinCo. There's also a farmers market on 8th and Fulton every Saturday. Expect to pay around $2.30 for a gallon of milk or $1.60 for a pound of oranges.

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$39.00
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$1.00
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Where to Eat in Boise

If you love Basque or Spanish food, Leku Ona, Bar Gernika, and Epi's are great places to eat. Gourmet bistros include Bleubird and Bardenay, Matador is an excellent Mexican restaurant, while the Boise Fry Company cooks locally sourced fries and delicious organic burgers. Expect meals to cost between $10 and $15 for burgers and upwards of $20 for sit-down meals.

Most popular restaurants in Boise

Fork - Boise
American
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Chandlers Steakhouse
Steakhouse
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ALAVITA
ALAVITA
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Italian
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Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine
Indian
Excellent (270 reviews)
Red Feather Lounge
Northwest
Excellent (224 reviews)
Richard's
Richard's
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Italian
Excellent (219 reviews)