Not only Idaho's state capitol, Boise (area pop. 400,000) is also the state's largest city. Located along the river and mountains that share its name, Boise is a spread-out city filled with parks and outdoor-loving people.
One of the most notable features of Boise is the dedication shared by much of the populace to preserving the natural beauty of Idaho. This devotion is evidenced in the open spaces that can be seen throughout Boise. The Greenbelt is a motorless park running for 25 miles along the Boise River, while the Grove is a large city park near downtown. All told, there are several thousand acres of parks within the city. The surroundings are also kept pristine, with the edges of the Boise National Forest just a few miles from downtown, leading up into the central wilderness areas of the state that are a haven for backpackers, river runners, and anglers.
Boise features all the services and amenities you would expect from a city of its size, as well as a few surprises. A symphony orchestra, opera company, ballet, and several theater companies bring the performing arts to this corner of Idaho. Students at Boise State enjoy the many dance clubs, bars, and coffeehouses near the university. The largest community of Basque outside of Europe has created a unique subculture in parts of Boise, and the skiers, cyclists, and backpackers who make Boise their home base contribute another element to this eclectic population.
Boise is located in southwestern Idaho along Interstate 84. For more information about Boise, please select an area of interest from the buttons on the left.