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A Weekend in Boise, Idaho

Boise Skyline

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.

P F Chang's China Bistro on Urbanspoon

P F Chang's China Bistro on Foodio54

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

Boise Bike Path

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.

The Melting Pot on Urbanspoon

The Melting Pot on Foodio54

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?


  1. […] Take an all day adventure on the scenic 25 mile long Boise River Greenbelt. This extraordinary path features gorgeous views of the river and passes by many of the city’s top attractions. Along the way, plan for stops at the Boise Zoo, the Anne Frank memorial, and Julia Davis Park. One of the cleanest most well-maintained multi use paths in the state. Early morning is the best time for a ride, due to the reduced crowds and ample deer sightings. Tip: Stay at the Shilo Inn Riverside for great views and direct access to the path! Additional information on the Boise Greenbelt. […]

    • Elsa
    • April 9, 2012  at  2:42 PM

    thank you very much.

  2. i guess i partially agree.

    • Aída
    • March 26, 2012  at  11:18 AM

    well, thank you very much for sharing the great post!!!

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