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Enjoying Boise

Boise, Idaho, the “City of Trees”, is an economically vibrant and growing community – a great place to live, work, and visit. Both a commercial center and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it boasts a growing arts, cultural, and entertainment scene. Boise offers the balance of a low cost of living and low crime rate, yet the advantages of living in a metropolitan area.


Consistently ranked by publications as a top place to live in the US, publications emphasize affordability and friendliness when describing Boise.

  • Outside Magazine recently said, “The winner for best overall town in the western U.S. is Boise, Idaho.”
  • Time magazine listed Boise as #1, over eight other cities, in a 2014 issue under the header “Solutions for America” as “Getting it right.”
  • Forbes recently ranked the Boise metro area 2nd for raising a family; particularly noting its low crime and high school quality, not to mention the chance to mix urban and outdoor lifestyles.
  • CNN/Money ranks the Boise metro area 3rd best place to retire and also named Idaho as the friendliest state for small businesses.
  • Medscape Medical News identifies Boise and Idaho as the Best City and State to practice medicine in the West & Northwest Region of the U.S.
Situated where the high desert meets the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, Boise caters to outdoor enthusiasts. Known to white water rafters world-wide, Idaho has more navigable rivers than any other state in the US. From Nordic and Alpine skiing to snowboarding, hunting, fishing, backpacking, hiking, biking, and camping; Boise offers a variety of thrills for outdoor adventurers and then more adventures in the evenings. Boise downtown (Bodo) offers theater, dance clubs, live music, and The Boise Center which hosts events and functions throughout the year.
Something that might come as a surprise to visitors or people relocating to Boise is the number of outstanding locally owned restaurants and shops in and around the Boise Metro area. From Barbacoa to Bar Gernika, Chandlers to Fork; Boise offers everything from over-the-top fine dining to homegrown health food and a variety of eclectic options in between. There is a certain appreciation for these locally-owned establishments that gives credit to the root of who Boise is – proud of it’s history, hard work, and ingenuity. If you’re here for just a few days, be sure to get a recommendation for where to eat.