boise_neil.jpgBoise is a vibrant small city, with a walkable downtown featuring diverse, locally-owned shops and restaurants, live theater, dance, music, sports, and more. Stroll to galleries, visit museums, and check out the local produce at the Saturday Farmer's market.

Surrounding this downtown core are affordable neighborhoods with personality. Just a few minutes away you can find miles of hiking trails, bike paths, and floatable rivers. Since Bogus Basin ski area is within 16 miles, you can ski in the morning and bike that afternoon.

Enjoying sunny weather with little snow in the valley itself, Boise also provides a bright location to access other appealing areas. You can backpack, kayak, camp, or visit small towns like low-key McCall and glamorous Sun Valley.

Below, you will find a sampling of awards followed by local interest groups, area activities, and family-friendly features that show why there’s never a down time in Boise.


Forbes Magazine names Boise
#2 in the nation as the best metropolitan area to raise a family.

Bicycling Magazine names Boise
one of the top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in America

  • "Claims to Fame: A growing urban bike network sprouts from the 22-mile Boise River Greenbelt trail, and there are 100-plus miles of singletrack in the foothills overlooking downtown. Since it was founded by two firefighters in 2007, the Boise Bicycle Project has restored and redistributed 4,000 bicycles, with many of them going to children in need."