A Weekend in Boise, Idaho
Last weekend, Mike and I took a road trip to Boise, Idaho. We had never been there before and wanted to check out the area. Driving in we were not very impressed with the dull, desert landscape. I was expecting Boise to be a bit more lush, however, after spending some time here we really got to like the area.
Prior to the trip, we had booked a hotel at the Best Western Plus Northwest Lodge, located on the outskirts of Boise in a quiet area right off the freeway. A complimentary breakfast and evening wine reception were offered to all guests. I have to say this was definitely the nicest Best Western I have encountered in a long time.
The first night that we were in town, we walked around the downtown Boise area and ate at P.F. Chang’s, one of our favorite chains (and one of the few to offer a large number of vegetarian options). P.F. Chang’s was great. It is one of our favorite chain restaurants. I recommend the vegetarian lettuce wraps! For a more in depth review of the P.F. Chang’s, click here.
Boise’s downtown is pretty small, however, it was not that bad considering Boise has a population of only 200,000. You will find plenty of interesting shops and popular restaurants in the downtown area. Best of all the downtown is very walkable and free parking is easy to find.
Later that evening, we went to the Idaho Center to see the Ringling Brothers Zing Zang Zoom Circus. This was a great show that was surprisingly very entertaining. The Idaho Center hosts various events throughout the year.
The next morning after using the hotel fitness center and hot tub, we took a ride over to Julia Davis Park. This is a great city park located near the Boise downtown area. There are plenty of things to do including tennis courts, paddle boat rentals, and the city zoo. From this park, we had access to the Boise greenbelt, a 25 mile long paved biking, walking and jogging path that runs along the Boise River. We biked about 20 miles and would have gone farther if it were not for the strong heat that day – 100 degrees!
A deer on the path in the early morning hours
The greenbelt was very nice. Great views of the river and not crowded at all. The path was shaded in most sections. However, there were a few parts that were barren and really hot in the extreme heat. I would probably recommend doing the path in the fall season as it might get too hot in the summer. Plus, I imagine the fall foliage is spectacular with all the trees lining the route.
Many parts of the path are well maintained including the section that goes through Boise State University. The only thing we did not like about the path was that it was not marked as well as other paths we have taken. Later that night, we made our way to the downtown area to dine at The Melting Pot. I highly recommend this restaurant as a fun date night together making fondue.
Boise is a great city filled with ample opportunities for recreation, cultural activities, shopping, and dining. Listed above are just a handful of things to do in this great city. I will definitely be planning a return visit in the near future!
Have you ever been to Boise? What are some of your favorite activities/attractions in the area?