Living in Boise: The City of Trees
Nestled against picturesque foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise offers a unique balance of small town friendliness and big city sophistication. Boise’s natural beauty and limitless access to the outdoors, offers an enviable lifestyle. As Idaho’s capital and largest city, Boise abounds in cultural opportunities, outdoor adventure, and scenic beauty. Boise is home to a population of 200,000 while the Greater metropolitan area is home to nearly 600,000.
Boise is a great basecamp for all kinds of adventures! Starting in downtown, the 25-mile paved Greenbelt along both sides of the Boise river offers car-free biking, walking, and running. Minutes from downtown, there are almost 200 miles of single-track trails in the foothills that are perfect for a casual hike, exciting mountain bike ride, or a grueling trail run.
Ridge to Rivers: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/
Visit Idaho: https://visitidaho.org/
There are 18 ski resorts accessible from Idaho. They range from mom and pop local resorts to world famous places like Sun Valley (3 hours from Boise). Our local hill is Bogus Basin (1 hour away) that offers affordable skiing for the whole family. If self-propelled turns are your thing, Boise has a multitude of backcountry options.
Ski Idaho: https://skiidaho.us/
Bogus Basin: https://bogusbasin.org/
The world’s first chair lifts were installed at this ski resort in 1936. Today, Sun Valley (about 3 hours from Boise) features something for everyone all year long, with miles of trails to explore during the day and restaurants, shops, festivals, and concerts to enjoy at night.
Visit Sun Valley: https://www.visitsunvalley.com/
The waters of Idaho offer a full range of activities. During the summer, floating the Boise River is a relaxing and popular way to beat the heat. For adrenaline junkies, white water is easy to find on Idaho’s serpentine rivers including the Payette and Salmon.
Idaho Whitewater: http://idahowhitewater.net/
If soaking in hot water is your thing, Idaho is a perfect place! There are hundreds of natural hot springs scattered around the state. A few have been harnessed by resorts, but the majority remain wild.
Hot Springs: https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/hot-springs/
These jagged mountains are surprisingly accessible from the charming and tiny town of Stanley, a 3-hour drive from Boise. This is a paradise for hiking, climbing, and fishing. In the winter Stanley is a wonderland for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing.
Stanley, Idaho: https://stanleycc.org/
This charming resort town is fun all year long. During the winter, the local ski resort Brundage offers chill skiing and riding. During the warmer months, McCall (2 hours from Boise) is a perfect basecamp for hiking, camping, or mountain biking, with a cool town to grab dinner and a fantastic lake for water sports.
Visit McCall: https://mccallchamber.org/
Boise is home to baseball, hockey, and football! Watch the Steelheads hit the ice right downtown, travel out to the fairgrounds to watch the Hawks take the field all summer, or enjoy some indoor football with the Idaho Horsemen! We are also home to the Boise State University, where you can watch all of their varying sports teams. Of particular mention are the BSU Broncos and their famous blue turf, where you can watch them perennially compete as one of the nation’s top 25 college football programs! Don’t forget about the original sporting event of the west, the rodeo!
Idaho Steelheads: https://www.idahosteelheads.com/
Boise Hawks: https://www.milb.com/boise
Idaho Horsemen: https://www.gohorsemen.com/
Boise State Broncos: https://broncosports.com/
Caldwell Night Rodeo: https://www.caldwellnightrodeo.com/
Snake River Stampede: https://snakeriverstampede.com/