There’s a lot more to Boise than potatoes. Against a backdrop of snow-covered peaks and the tree-lined Boise River, Idaho's state capital is a paradise for outdoor lovers. And if hiking and skiing aren't your speed, Boise has some fascinating sights and an excellent dining scene.
Boise is home to one of the largest Basque communities in the United States. Discover its unique roots at the Basque Museum, then feast at the eateries and taverns along the surrounding Basque Block. For a walk on the darker side, take an eerie prison tour in the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Delve into local lore at the Idaho State Historical Museum or head next door to the Boise Art Museum for award-winning exhibitions.
The city's star attraction is the sublime scenery that begins where the sidewalk ends. Accessible from downtown, the Boise Greenbelt comprises 25 miles of riverfront trails. You can also go tubing and kayaking on the river. For longer hikes, try the 130-mile Ridge to Rivers trail system just outside of town.