Boise Tourism

Along with being the capital of Idaho, Boise is also popular as Idaho’s cultural hub, the city of trees, winter wonderland and much more. Perched on the banks of the Boise river this is one place that remains beautiful throughout the year. Offering diverse opportunities through the year, Boise welcomes you and your fondness for vivid activities at absolutely any given time of the year.

Its colourful autumn, chirpy spring, pleasantly warm summer and cold yet eventful winter bestow to you an opportunity to come and explore, as and when you like. Its beautiful parks, hosting multiple events and festivals including art and literature ones are the perfect events to be a part of against the backdrop of Rocky Mountains! Add in the myriad music fests along with riveting film festivals; not to forget the various skiing events, Boise does not cease to keep you wondering what next! 

The museums and structures of the city’s past make for captivating attractions, just enough to leave you beguiled. The downtown’s great culinary scene, complete with a good dose of nightlife is brilliant for and evening out and around the city. The potato-rich history of the city will make you go - whoa! Shopping scenes here are sure to leave you pleasantly surprised.

Juxtaposing all this, is the city’s being a s the new age high-tech city, home to some very promising tech companies. All in all, a great place to quench your thirst for outdoor activities.

The capital of Idaho, Boise is certainly one of the most under-rated cities in the USA, with the scope of Boise Idaho tourism. Bequeathing you with an unexpected European flavor, Boise has a handful of some quaint bistros with a Parisian flare. While you can choose to spend, your evenings strolling around the picturesque city and then heading to these cafes, there are some attractions here that especially call for your attention. The Boise greenbelt, a recreational and alternate transportation trail is a brilliant place to spend the afternoons. The World Center for Birds of Prey is a fabulous place for all bird enthusiasts, given the abundance of information here. Not for the faint hearted, a visit to the Old Idaho Penitentiary is no less than a scene straight out of a psychotic thriller! These attractions and many more are indeed shaping Boise tourism very well!

Essential travel information and Boise tips for your visit

General Info:

  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time Zone; UTC-7/-6
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: The voltage is 120 V/ 60 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.
  • Languages: English is the only language spoken at Boise.
  • Security: Dial 911 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade.


  • A top of 5-10% of bill is appreciated.
  • Go inner tubing and Whitewater on the Boise River.
  • Hike in the Foothills.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Boise

  • Save 4% Culinary and Cultural Tour of Boise
    Culinary and Cultural Tour of Boise6 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Discover Boise's Culinary & Cultural Treasures by taking this Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour! You'll st...

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  • Save 2% Vegas Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight
    Vegas Hot Air Balloon Sunrise FlightNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This hot air balloon flight in Boise welcomes you to a life time experience of taking a 45 minute adventure on one of our hot...

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  • Save 3% Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour
    Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour2 Reviews

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Jet Boat Tour throughthe Wild River Section of the Snake River in Hells Canyon - South Entrance - Hells Canyon Dam. The Wild ...

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  • Save 4% Sunday Brunch Tour in Downtown Boise
    Sunday Brunch Tour in Downtown Boise1 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Discover Boise's Culinary & Cultural Treasures and enjoy the best breakfast eateries in Boise by taking theCapital City S...

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  • Know the pollution level of Boise before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 34.38 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 17.05 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.73 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 14.77 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 23.91 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 19.32 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Boise for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Boise.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.09 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 32.87 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.65 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 41.2 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 24.54 (Low)
    • Drug offense 47.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.78 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65.74 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 28.3 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25.47 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 39.35 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Boise is 193.06 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 67.12 (High)
    • Climate Index 65.11 (High)
    • Pollution Index 34.19 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.05 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 58.98 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 80.83 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.66 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 120.87 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Boise

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70.72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.05 USD

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