Boise City Overview
Boise is nestled on a high desert plain in the shadow of the
Rocky Mountains, and visitors will be hard-pressed to forget its
proximity to the glories of Mother Nature. The Boise River flows
directly through the centre of town, enhancing the 25-mile (40km)
Greenbelt path system, which connects five major parks throughout
Boise and providing runners, walkers, bikers and skaters with
endless space for exercise. Boise's location makes it a gateway to
the great outdoors. Towering mountains lie to the north, including
the Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, just a few minutes' drive from the
city. Also easily accessible are natural sand dunes, hot springs
and crystal clear mountain lakes.
Downtown Boise, however, is not without cosmopolitan flair.
Shops, galleries, restaurants and clubs radiate from the central
Grove Plaza, where free concerts are staged throughout the summer
and holiday celebrations, including the lighting of an enormous
Christmas tree, take place during the winter. Renovated historic
buildings like the 8th Street Marketplace and Union Block offer
unique shopping and dining experiences. Boise has an active
downtown association, which promotes initiatives like First
Thursdays, when city businesses stay open late and offer various
This is the perfect time to sample Boise's Basque cuisine...
yes, Basque. In the 1930s, a group of Basques left Europe and
settled in Boise, joining the sheep-herding industry, which was
quite strong at the time. Today, Boise has the largest
concentration of Basques in the world outside the Pyrenees. In
Boise's Basque neighbourhood, visitors can enjoy the Basque market,
the traditional Gernika restaurant and various cultural events.