Overview Boise

Visiting Boise

The capital and most populous city in Idaho, Boise's beautiful landscape, great recreation and diverse population has made it a popular destination for hikers, outdoorsmen and families alike. At the heart of Boise is the Boise River, and with it the popular Boise River Greenbelt, a twenty-mile stretch of paved pathways that interconnects myriad parks and attractions along the north and south banks of the river. Visitors and locals alike can be found rollerblading and biking along the Greenbelt, or picnicking in Julia Davis Park and Ann Morrison Park. Boise's beautiful mix of plains and mountains is on display at Camel's Back Park, a popular -- and relatively easy -- hiking destination offering sweeping views of downtown Boise and the other Boise foothills. Hull's Gulch, the nearby 289 acre reserve, offers even more hiking and mountain biking throughout the Boise foothills. At 15,000 people, Boise's... Read More The capital and most populous city in Idaho, Boise's beautiful landscape, great recreation and diverse population has made it a popular destination for hikers, outdoorsmen and families alike. At the heart of Boise is the Boise River, and with it the popular Boise River Greenbelt, a twenty-mile stretch of paved pathways that interconnects myriad parks and attractions along the north and south banks of the river. Visitors and locals alike can be found rollerblading and biking along the Greenbelt, or picnicking in Julia Davis Park and Ann Morrison Park. Boise's beautiful mix of plains and mountains is on display at Camel's Back Park, a popular -- and relatively easy -- hiking destination offering sweeping views of downtown Boise and the other Boise foothills. Hull's Gulch, the nearby 289 acre reserve, offers even more hiking and mountain biking throughout the Boise foothills. At 15,000 people, Boise's Basque population is the second highest in the United States, and is a point of pride with the city. The Basque Block, in downtown Boise, boasts a bunch of Basque stores and restaurants, while the unique cultural history of the Boise Basques is housed in the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. The center is also home to a variety of activities and seminars, in which visitors can learn traditional Basque dancing, cooking and handicrafts. Boise also boasts a fair number of historic sites, the century-old Boise State Capitol Building among many people's favorites. The Old Idaho Penitentiary is another interesting site -- a walled complex of sandstone buildings, the building blocks of which were quarried by the prisoners themselves from the nearby ridges. So once you've booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Boise.    Close

Stories and Tips Boise

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Fishing on Lick Creek Road--McCall--July 1994

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 02 Mar, 2008

Another adventure from my Summer of 1994. Shortly after arriving back home from school in nortern Idaho to work and be with family for the summer, our friend Anita calls me and invites me to spend the day with her and her husband Sam…Read More


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Lake Josephine Memories--July 1994

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 02 Mar, 2008

The summer of 1994 was a crazy one for me. I was just married, and my now ex was off in Colorado tending to his sick mother, and I wasn't about to spend the summer in Moscow, Idaho, where we were attending the University…Read More


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A History of the Nesbitt Clan of Scotland

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 23 Sep, 2007

My mother's maiden name is Nesbitt, an old Scottish name that dates from many hundreds of years ago. Our cousin Ed Campbell has done a lot of extensive research on the Nesbitt family via the Internet and travel to Scotland on a couple of occasions,…Read More


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August 6 Game: Baseball Through The Eyes of A 4-Year-Old

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 16 Aug, 2007

My friend Karla Thorson has a 4-year-old daughter named Lauren, who absolutely adores me. A couple of weeks ago, Karla came up to me at work and asked if it would be OK if she and Lauren could come over to our house for a…Read More


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4th of July Game: Everett AquaSox vs. The Boise Hawks

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 08 Jul, 2007

When my family and I were living in Rhode Island, we had a standing date on the 4th of July to go and watch the Pawtucket Red Sox (The Boston Red Sox Triple A affiliate) play ball at McCoy Stadium in Mom's hometown of Pawtucket.…Read More


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Game 3: The Mysterious Bobblehead and Humphrey th

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 06 Sep, 2006

Mom and I attended our last Boise Hawks game for the 2006 season on Saturday, September 2. The Hawks had taken their division and were going into the playoffs, but Mom and I would not be able to make the playoff games because of…Read More


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The Second Game: Finally A Papelbon Sighting!

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 30 Jul, 2006

Idaho had gone through ten days straight of 100+ degree temperatures, and Mom was at first reluctant to go to a Hawks game because of the weather, but because the Saturday games do not start until 7:15 p.m., we thought, "Beats sitting at home getting…Read More


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The Game!

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 17 Jul, 2006

I must admit that Mom and I are baseball snobs of sort who have been die-hard Boston Red Sox fans all of our lives. It is hard to root for another team when you have been bottle-fed stories about Ted Williams and "The Curse"…Read More


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Union Pacific Railroad's No. 3985

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 25 Sep, 2005

My Arkansas friend Ken is a big train nut who spends many a Sunday morning with other train nuts watching trains near his home. When Ken heard that the World's Largest Operating Steam Locomotive, Union Pacific Railroad's No. 3985, was touring the Pacific Northwest…Read More


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You call that art?!

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 23 Aug, 2005

After seeing the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the BAM, Mom and I decided to look around the rest of the exhibits in the museum. What we saw didn't impress us at all. "You call that art?!" was the question asked by Mom or…Read More


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