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Where to Stay and What To Do In Boise, Idaho
One thing about Boise is that most everything you want to see is in the heart of town, or a short drive away. For this reason, I suggest forgoing staying at the hotels near the airport. Instead, I would book a vacation rental through Vacasa.
When I travel, I love to live like a local and Vacasa vacation rentals allow you to do that. Vacasa manages over 13,000 homes around the world. They also hold their homes to the highest standards, so you can know you are getting a great home away from home during your visit. Learn more on Vacasa.com
Below I am sharing three of my favorite areas to stay and explore in Boise. Being local, I get to take these in quite a bit, but we also enjoy taking friends and families to these locations based on their interests.
Stay In Downtown Boise
When searching for a Vacasa vacation home (which is super easy) I suggest checking out one near the downtown Boise area if you want to get a feel for some of the best local activities. I love this home called “The Sparrow Suite” for its downtown location and modern amenities.
What to do in Downtown Boise
While visiting downtown you will not have a shortage of activities. From movie theaters, to parks, to our museums. Downtown Boise has plenty to do, especially on a weekend.
Top things to do in Downtown Boise for a weekend getaway include:
- 8th Street Marketplace (a farmer’s market)
- Idaho Black History Museum
- Idaho Historical Museum
- Boise Art Museum
- Anne Frank Memorial
- Boise Greenbelt
- Parks, Zoo, and more
The Boise Foothills
If you are here in the summer and want to take advantage of our great outdoors, you might want to check out locations near the Boise Foothills, such as the Hilltop View House. This will have you close to trails and give you easy access to other great locations.
Activities When Staying In The Boise Foothills
The views you will find from the homes in the foothills are stunning, and you will basically forget that you are only a few minutes from Downtown Boise. That is right, the foothills are a quick drive (or bike ride since Boise is a bike friendly city) to all of the downtown activities I already shared. But you can also easily access other great activities.
Some of my favorite activities near the Boise Foothills include:
- Hitting the trails in the foothills
- Easy access to Bogus Basin for winter skiing, summer hiking, or riding the mountain coaster
- Wildlife viewing (deer are often visible)
- Star Gazing
- Old Idaho State Penitentiary
- Table Rock (by car or hiking path)
- Boise Little Theater
- Local bakeries, diners and more
Take It All In Near The Bench
Boise has an area called “The Bench.” Basically, when you head south from the Foothills and Downtown Boise, you end up going up a hill and that hill has a ridge. There are many homes all along this area called “The Bench.” I love this area because it has stunning views of downtown and the foothills, easy freeway access, and more.
When looking for a home on the bench, you could head out towards the east border of Boise, or I suggest heading closer in towards the Boise Town Square Mall. Why? Because then you can have easy freeway access to Boise, Meridian, and beyond.
While looking on Vacasa I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Pine Grove Perfection that is right in this area.
Things To Do Near The Boise Bench
Like I said, the reason I love the Boise Bench is because you can easily access everything the valley has to offer.
Want to head to the water park at the in Meridian, just hit the freeway and be there in 15 minutes. Shopping? We have the mall right there. But we also have some unique activities on or near the bench which include:
- Aquarium of Boise
- Boise Train Depot
- Kathryn Albertson Park (A nature park)
- Near Boise’s Birds of Pray
- Hyatt Hidden Lake Bat Reserve (with great trails)
- Boise Town Square Mall
There is plenty to do within driving distance of Boise as well. From water skiing, to camping, to floating down the river in the middle of the city, we have it all within a short drive.
One of the reasons I love Boise, Idaho is because it has something for everyone. You will definitely want to come back again.
If you are traveling this summer, I would definitely suggest checking out staying in a city and living like a local.
Wondering what others do when they travel? Check out this summer travel trends report.
Whether you visit Boise, or another city, summer is the perfect time to travel and explore the world. Pack up your bags, and make some memories.
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