Located on a high plain along the river where the desert meets the Rocky Mountains, Boise is one of America's most livable and likable cities. Quality of life is high and visitors enjoy the unique blend of natural beauty and urban comforts, including the surprisingly mild climate.
Visitors will be surprised by all Boise has to offer. The city is proud of its philharmonic orchestra, opera, ballet and theater companies, and summer Shakespeare festival that features outdoor performances along the Boise River. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival and Art in the Park continue to be favorites among both locals and visitors, and there are plenty of museums and attractions to educate and entertain.
Culture and entertainment mix nicely with the abundant outdoor recreation. Summer brings plenty of sunshine, perfect for a bike ride or a walk along the 25-mile Greenbelt or a round of golf at one of the area's 12 beautiful courses.
For those who like a bit more adventure, try mountain biking in Boise's foothills, floating the Boise River on an inflatable raft or tube, or whitewater rafting on the Payette River, just 45 minutes north of the city. In the winter, enjoy nordic skiing at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, or spend a day or night skiing or snowboarding the resort's groomed downhill trails. Boise's indoor ice-skating rink is open year-round.
Sports fans can enjoy Boise's professional athletic teams. Les Bois Park features both thoroughbred and quarterhorse racing with simulcast racing and betting during the off-season.
Boise has many fine restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine in both casual and elegant settings. Boise Towne Square Mall, Boise Factory Outlet Mall, BoDo, the Linen District, Hyde Park, boutiques, galleries and antiques stores will tempt the savvy shopper. Our rare blend of urban amenities and outdoor recreation opportunities offers something for everyone, from convention attendees to individual business travelers to families.