When you think "vacation," the capital of Idaho may not be the first place that jumps to mind. But Boise is booming—consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.—and becoming more alluring to tourists in the process. Located on the Oregon/Idaho border, the 98th-largest city in the U.S. offers nature, arts, sports, and activities for folks of all ages.
The outdoors are big in Boise, and the River Greenbelt
is a prime place to start. Connecting 850 acres of parks, it runs straight through the city along the Boise River. In fact, it goes right by Boise State University, home of the Broncos and the 37,000-seat, blue-turfed Albertsons Stadium. Check it out, and don't forget to grab a bite to eat at local stops like Bleubird
, both offering tasty meals for reasonable prices.
Finally, for adventure seekers, there’s the Old Idaho Penitentiary
. Equal parts spooky and captivating, it housed more than 13,000 prisoners between 1872 and 1973, and now hosts tours and exhibits on everything from inmates to the history of prison tattoos. Neat stuff.