Restaurants

Learn more about the many restaurants in Boise, including breweries, family-friendly food, and food trucks.

Hotels

Whether you want to stay at a hotel, motel, or airbnb, here are our tips for the best locations and properties.

Things to do

Where to start? There is so much to do while visiting Boise, whether you are looking for kid-friendly events, the best food, or what to do this weekend in Boise.

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Where to find the best ice skating in Boise

If you were to visit Boise 25 years ago, there would have been very few options for ice skating (actually, none). If locals wanted to ice skate in Boise, they would have had to make a three hour drive all the way to Sun Valley, Idaho. But now there are plenty of...

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Boise neighborhoods: Where to live in Boise, Idaho

Moving to a new city can be confusing — especially if you don't know the neighborhoods. There are no "bad' neighborhoods in Boise, but you want to find one that fits your personality and criteria. Here are our tips on Boise neighborhoods if you are looking for where...

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9 of our favorite downtown Boise hotels

Boise, Idaho is an amazing place — and if it's your first time here, you will definitely want to experience everything that downtown Boise has to offer. Here are our favorite downtown Boise hotels. Click the links below to skip to any of the following sections: Hotel...

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6 of our favorite Boise pizza places

Pizza has become such a great American staple because of the fact that so many people enjoy it in some form or another. In Boise, pizza places have a variety of different recipes and styles. Here are our favorite pizza places in Boise. Smoky Mountain Pizza Smoky...

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Where to watch or play hockey in Boise

If you were to visit Boise 25 years ago, there would have been very few options for ice skating (actually, none). If locals wanted to ice skate in Boise, they would have had to make a three hour drive all the way to Sun Valley, Idaho. But now there are plenty of...

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Boise, Idaho is…

Boise, Idaho has been incorporated as a city since 1863 but its history goes much further back. The early days of Boise include fur trading by the Hudson Bay Company, Fort Boise, and the nearby Oregon Trail.

Boise was slow to grow until very recently — but currently has more than 260,000 people within city limits. The growth has spurred a lively culture in Boise, with the addition of arts, a prominent downtown area, and plenty of breweries.

The name “Boise” came from the French pronunciation of “le bois” — meaning “the trees!” If you want to speak like a local, make sure you call it “boy-see” (not “boy-zee”).

Visiting Boise can be a fun vacation for families, singles, or for business. Walk around the downtown area, take in a show, hit the slopes, or even float the river. There is so much Boise, Idaho offers and it’s a perfect location to visit.

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