Boise is beautiful any time of year, but especially in the spring as the city and surrounding Rocky Mountain foothills bloom back to life. If you’re looking for a long weekend away, that next vacation getaway or have business in the City of Trees, here’s what to expect and ways to enjoy the outdoors.
For starters, getting to Idaho’s, vibrant capital city is easy as ever via air service. The Boise Airport now offers nonstop service to 20 destinations, serviced by seven airlines, with connecting flights to thousands of cities worldwide. Beginning July 6, 2020, Boise will serve Atlanta with a new nonstop flight on Delta Air Lines.
Once you arrive, it’s a quick seven-minute trip downtown and you can leave the car behind. Boise is a city that encourages its guests to bring their walking—or biking, hiking or fishing–shoes. As you start exploring, you’ll see just how easy it is to get around. Boise makes it convenient to combine family fun, outdoor adventure and cultural amenities because the city’s many offerings are all within minutes of each other. Boise has you covered with lodging too, with more than 2,000 hotel rooms within the downtown core, as well as restaurants, shopping, urban parks and events.
When adventure is calling, there is no better way to enjoy scenic views than by walking or biking along the city’s 25-mile Greenbelt pathway that follows the Boise River through the heart of town. For more adventure, hikers and bikers can explore 190 miles of single-track trails set in the Boise Foothills. Trailheads are just a few blocks out of downtown and if you prefer hitting the links instead, there’s multiple golf courses nearby as well.
For those more interested in H2O fun, Boise is a perfect watery gateway. Public parks like Quinn’s Pond and the Boise Whitewater Park offer fun close to town. Rafts and paddleboards are available to rent just steps away from the water. There’s also urban fishing or simply enjoying the city’s pedestrian bridges and wildlife.
If mountain activities are of interest, Bogus Basin Recreation Area is located 16 miles from town. The community-owned area is a year-round hub of outdoor activity, including miles of hiking and biking trails and plenty of mountain air. Take in the views or fly down the mountain in the recently added mountain coaster ride.
If your activities leave you hungry or thirsty, hold on; Boise’s downtown is bustling with culinary activity, whether it’s the proliferation of craft breweries or the dozens of exciting dining options from award-winning restaurants, pubs and food trucks. And don’t forget Idaho wines; Idaho’s burgeoning wine industry means many restaurants feature Idaho varieties. Boise’s foodie revival is just like the rest of this city’s qualities: unexpected and surprisingly easy to discover.