URBAN EXPLORATION IN BOISE, IDAHO

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 If you think the terms “Boise” and “urban”
don’t fit in the same sentence, think again. Idaho’s burgeoning capital city has everything you need for an unexpected urban getaway. Whether it’s attending a music festival, visiting the animals at the zoo or munching your way through a delicious dining scene, there’s something you’re sure to love about Boise in the spring.

THE ARTS

To check out what’s happening with Boise’s creative types, visit the public art scene at Freak Alley and Boise’s interactive street art (featured in Northwest Travel & Life’s September/October and November/December 2016 issues).

One of the West’s hallmark indie rock events is the Treefort Music Fest, which takes place March 22-26, 2017, at multiple venues in downtown Boise.

The first concert of the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series, at the end of May, celebrates the end of spring and the beginning of summer. In the past, this concert series in the Idaho Botanical Garden has featured artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.

THE HISTORY

Photo © Nagel Phtography
Photo © Nagel Phtography

This state capital features many unique museums and memorials including the Capitol Building, an architectural marvel in marble; the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, a once-functioning prison; and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

The Penitentiary, known as the most haunted building in the state, shows those who dare to enter where prisoners endured solitary confinement, lived in cell blocks, were hanged in the gallows and where they laid to rest in the cemetery.

If you’re looking for a more uplifting site, take a stroll near Boise’s Greenbelt trail where you’ll find the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. The memorial is designed with stone statues, waterfalls and other natural elements to represent Anne Frank’s faith in humanity.

THE BASQUE

Boise is home to a Basque community of about 16,000. With a population that size, you can bet you’ll find Basque entertainment, culture and food. Where? Downtown’s Basque Block. The Basque Museum is a perfect place to start your introduction to Basque culture.

The Basque Market and Bar Gernika are popular places for wine and food. The market sells the largest selection of Spanish and Basque wines in the state, and Bar Gernika has a welcoming atmosphere with authentic cuisine.

TOURS

Boise has many tours for those who want to see the city on foot, from a trolley or even from the air. Boise Hot Air Company, Boise Trolley Tours and IndulgeBoise food tours will put you in or above the action.

For lodging choices, dining and other activities in Boise, visit boise.org.