Bustling Downtown has theaters, music venues, and a diverse dining and nightlife scene, ranging from seafood spots and steakhouses to nightclubs and whiskey bars. Along the Boise River, expansive Julia Davis Park is home to Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, and the Idaho State Museum. Other landmarks include the State Capitol Building and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, a peaceful educational park.
The North End
The North End is one of Boise's premier neighborhoods. It includes homes dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Backed by the Boise Foothills, the affluent North End contains massive Camel's Back Park, known for city views and as a gateway for hiking and biking trails. The Hyde Park district around 13th Street hosts frequent community events and is home to small shops and cafes, and restaurants with patios. Stately turn-of-the-century homes in varied architectural styles line Harrison Boulevard, the area’s leafy main street.
Southeast Boise is a rapidly growing residential area that contains long stretches of the Boise River Greenbelt, a popular walking and biking trail. Other green spaces include the riverfront Barber Park, with a rafting launch area and an education center, and the Simplot Sports Complex, home to baseball and soccer fields. The mixed-use Bown Crossing development has upmarket eateries, eclectic shops, and a library.
The Boise Bench, named for its location overlooking the city, contains a diverse mix of neighborhoods. The area is home to the Aquarium of Boise, with sharks and touch pools, and Boise Depot, a 1925 Spanish-style former train station with gardens incorporating a koi pond and gazebo. Families relax on the lawns and playgrounds at Cassia and Borah Parks, and there are several shopping centers and global food markets.
Trendy Garden City is known for its cluster of craft breweries and winery tasting rooms along lively Chinden Boulevard, as well as cool music venues like Visual Arts Collective and Revolution Concert House. The rapids along the Boise River in Boise Whitewater Park are popular with kayakers, paddleboarders, and surfers, while cyclists and joggers use the Boise River Greenbelt trail.
West Boise is a laid-back residential and commercial neighborhood. It’s popular for shopping at Boise Towne Square mall and at the upscale boutiques in the open-air Village at Meridian complex, which also contains a movie theater, casual bars and eateries, and a bowling alley. Sprawling Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park features an amphitheater, a splash pad, and fishing ponds, plus peaceful walking and cycling paths.
Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it then the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. Meridian is considered the state's fastest-growing city and among the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
Set in the Boise Foothills, Eagle is a quaint suburb known for its golf courses, spas, and green spaces like riverside Eagle Island State Park, with hiking trails, a swimming beach, and a zip line course. Vendors selling produce and crafts set up in Heritage Park for the popular Eagle Saturday Market, which also features local music. Dining options include brunch spots, Italian restaurants, and wine bars.
Nampa is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho. Its population was 81,557 at the 2010 census and estimated at 96,252 as of 2018. It is Idaho's third-most populous city. Nampa is about 20 miles west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles west of Meridian.
Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 46,237 at the 2010 census. Caldwell is considered part of the Boise metropolitan area. Caldwell is the location of the College of Idaho and College of Western Idaho.
Coeur d’Alene is a city in northwest Idaho. It’s known for water sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene, plus trails in the Canfield Mountain Natural Area and Coeur d’Alene National Forest. McEuen Park offers a grassy lawn and a trailhead for adjacent Tubbs Hill. The lakeside City Park & Beach includes picnic areas and a playground. The Museum of North Idaho traces regional history, including the city's former timber industry.
Pocatello is the county seat and largest city of Bannock County, with a small portion on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in neighboring Power County, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock County
Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census. Kuna is one of the fastest-growing areas in Idaho, having nearly tripled in population between 2000 and 2010
Sun Valley is a resort town in Idaho. It's known for Sun Valley resort's ski areas at Bald Mountain and nearby Dollar Mountain, the latter with gentler slopes. In summer, the resort has miles of mountain trails, equestrian routes and wildflower-filled meadows. Numerous other trails start from areas around town like Fox Creek and Trail Creek, which offers a path up Proctor Mountain for valley views.
Moscow is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's land grant institution and primary research university.