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3.5 out of 5
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26,124 people visited Boise
Boise, the capital of Idaho, has much more to offer than the stereotypical potatoes, although its initial growth was thanks to the Simplot spud industry. The name Boise is said to refer to the trees, noted by an early French explorer. (Les Bois is French for woods). The Boise River running through this city of just over 200,000 is indeed shaded by a green and leafy canopy, and downtown Boise itself is chock-full of restaurants and shopping. The North End is characterized by historic homes and yes, trees, lining the streets. Both sports and culture have a strong presence, with local baseball, hockey, basketball and football and strong University teams, plus the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, and the Boise Contemporary Theater Company, and the yearly Shakespeare Festival, to name just a few. Inner tubing on the river and skiing are, likewise, just a couple of the outdoor activities accessible. The best hotels and restaurants are mostly downtown, making Boise a city to explore from the inside out. If you find yourself in Boise, sure, grab yourself a potato T-Shirt (Darth Tater is a common slogan) and then get on with it: this city between the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies offers more than its fair share of activities.
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    Lexy Leahy
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    5 Jan 26, 2014

    For both the city lover and the outdoor enthusiast. Boise has a university, a river, rock climbing, great food, markets, sports teams, hiking and biking trails, a ski mountain, a vibrant art scene and so much more. Boise is a family-friendly town that has something for everyone.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersStudentsOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Aaron Newman
    5 Mar 23, 2013

    During the summer Boise weather is fantastic. They have great restaurants, and many family oriented activities. The downtown night life is great. Some of the summer activities include Beer Fest, Music Fest, Floating the Boise river from Barber Park to Downtown.

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    Soumya Poduri
    3 Jan 30, 2013

    Good time in the park. Very crowded and a long wait before the show started. Once the show started we had a great time looking at all the different balloons. It was a little disappointing that none of the balloons left ground.

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    Cody Christensen
    5 Aug 15, 2012

    With a higher downtown population then Salt Lake City, and a night life a restaurant culture of a much bigger city. What's not to love?

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    David Eastin
    3 Aug 08, 2012

    An up and coming town...er...city that has a lot to offer. It's right near Oregon and is a nice stop if you're driving through to the coast. I really didn't think there would be much there, but I was pleasantly surprised by how many restaurants and bars there were to choose from.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    We came through Boise on our way to Sun Valley. We had no problems so I guess this is not a bad place just not sure if there would be any reason to return except for another ski run.

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    Adrian
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Boise is an alright city. I've only been there during the summer though for a day or two max. It seems alright, reminds me a lot of a city in middle America. I don't think a lot of people would enjoy it here during the winter though.

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    Eloisa Picoteiro
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    4 Jan 23, 2013
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    Jeremy Wycherly
    5 Jul 11, 2012

    Home town!

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    4 Jun 28, 2012
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