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Why fly to Boise?
Remember when you were a child and your friends would come to your door to ask you if you could play outside? Well, now that you're a little older and can definitely play outside whenever you want, you should play outside in Boise.
It is an adventure-seekers dream city and if you can do it outdoors, chances are there are already a whole lot of people doing it in Boise, Idaho.
Boise sits on the Boise River and in the foothills of the Boise Mountain Range. The city itself is dotted with rivers and ponds and heading out of the city the landscape goes from the green of park cities to the green of the forest, which eventually transforms into the wilds of the mountains.
You can go hiking and biking in the Ridges to River System to start off your adventure on a tamer note. Next, go tubing down Boise River with a guide who will make sure you hit all of the sweet spots. Maybe later enjoy some paddleboarding on Quinn's Pond and if you have a few spare days go camping in the mountains and also take in some fly fishing.
In the winter months Boise becomes a ski mecca as visitors pour in to go skiing on the nearby mountain ranges. Head to Bogus Basin for some great skiing and snowboarding action. You can also go snow tubing at the basin, which is located about 45 minutes outside of the city.
If you love to golf or want to learn, Boise is the perfect place. The city has year-round golfing and more than two dozen golf courses near the city.
Popular places to visit around the city include the the Zoo Boise and Idaho Acquarium as well as the World Center for Birds of Prey where you will learn some fascinating facts about endangered birds.
There are a number of breweries in the area like Payette and Crooked Fence where you can take a tour and sample the fare, it's a nice way to spend an afternoon in the city after a few days of outdoor adventure.
The city proper has a great little area for shopping and dining called the Basque Block. This little downtown neighborhood was settled by the Basque community of Spain and France and the downtown block reflects this hertiage. The area includes lovely restaurants as well as a museum detailing area history.
There is just so much to see and do in a place that was formerly known most for the stately potato. These days Boise equals year-round adventure and oodles of fun, you will have a blast.
Weather in Boise hits high and low extremes. The summer temperatures on average are in the low 30s although there have been instances in which they peaked in the low 40s. Numbers begin to cool down in October with daytime temperatures in the high teens. In December they dip into the minuses and stay that way until March when they begin to climb back up. Light rain falls occasionally throughout the year and winter months see some snow.
When to fly to Boise
Summer is a popular time to visit Boise and enjoy the outdoors in warm temperatures, which means flight ticket prices are at their highest. The ski season also brings in visitors which kicks up flight ticket prices in December especially.
Spring is not a particularly popular time to travel to the city which means you can find yourself some deals on flight tickets from March through to May. The latter half of September to November is also a good time to score some good deals on flight tickets.
Getting into Boise
Your portal into Boise opens up at the Boise International Airport. From the airport you can use one of the shuttle services and many hotels provide courtesy pick up so check with your hotel. Additionally, bus service is available. You can pick up a cab outside of the terminal.
Getting around Boise
To enjoy all that Boise has to offer you should rent a vehicle. The city is spread out and many of the great things to do require you to head into the great outdoors. If you plan to stick to attractions within the city center you can use the public transit buses and there also some hotels that offer guests free bikes to use. Taxis are also available.
- Take in the Saturday Market for a little local flavor. Markets in any city are fun as they bring you into local life. In Boise, the market is spread out into various areas in the city's downtown and it is here that you will find artisan goods. Lovely jams and jellies, produce picked from area fields and neat crafts handmade by local artists are just some of the things displayed in the various stalls.
- If you want to do something fun with the family go to Wahooz Family Fun Center which is part water park, part bowling alley and part go-cart race course. There will be likely something each member of your family can enjoy and additionally there is food served on site.
- Head for a day trip into wine country. The Snake River Valley sits south of the city and it is here that a burgeoning vineyard community has grown over the past 15 years. You can take a tour of the various vineyards and enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, just remember to spit so you have a safe drive back or pack a lunch, purchase a bottle and enjoy the scenic views outside.
- There are numerous hot springs located just outside of Boise. You will likely need around an hour to visit one of the sites but you will be glad you did. The Skinny dipper Hot Springs and Little Anderson Hot Spring are public while private hot springs include the Springs Resort among others.
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