Boise, known as the “City of Trees”, is the capital of Idaho and the largest metropolitan city in the state. The population of Boise is approximately 214,490.
Boise is the hub of state and county business, a diverse business base for many world-renowned corporations, all-season recreational activities and a growing cultural community.
The city boasts of an active downtown area for shopping and nightlife. In downtown, you will find a variety of dining experiences, shops, department stores plus two charming historical shopping areas…Old Boise Historic District and Bodo.
Boise Centre on the Grove convention center attracts many conventions, trade shows and special events for you to enjoy. Next door at the Qwest Arena, you can be entertained by well-known performers in concert, Steelheads hockey team or the Stampede basketball team. Enjoy shopping at the Boise Towne Square Mall and the Boise Factory Outlet Mall, which features an official size ice rink open to the public. Fine dining is everywhere in Boise and entertainment is plentiful in many forms including performances by The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic and many local, national and celebrity entertainers.
City tours are available, as are self-guided tours Zoo Boise, Discovery Center of Idaho (great fun and educational for kids), the MK Nature Center and two historic residential areas.
Sports enthusiasts will find Boise the center of any type of sports activity you could desire. Spectator sports are alive and well at Boise State University, the favorite for basketball and football. The Boise Hawks baseball games (farm team of the Chicago Cubs) are real crowd pleasers and each Fall, ESPN Network covers the Albertson’s Boise Open on the Nationwide PGA tour as well as the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl game. If you’re looking for a sport you can get involved with, travel a short 16 miles from the city to Bogus Basin Mountain Resort. You could fish for rainbow trout in the Boise River, catch trout, bass or just enjoy the sandy shore at nearby Lucky Peak Reservoir, or you might play golf at the many 9 and 18-hole courses throughout the valley.
From Boise you are only minutes away from breathtaking mountain beauty, streams, lakes and all the outdoor activities you can find regardless of season.
Lodging choices in Boise are plentiful, ranging from elegant to cozy and fit any budget. United, Horizon, Southwest, Delta, Frontier, SkyWest, and USAir serve Boise. In addition, aviation facilities are available for private aircraft. World famous Sun Valley is only a three hour drive from Boise and the crystal blue waters of Payette Lake at the resort town of McCall is a mere two hours away. The friendly people of Boise and surrounding communities will not only make you feel welcome, you’ll want to come back.