Boise, Idaho’s bustling capital city, is home to well over 200,000 residents. It is both urban and rustic; the Pacific Northwest’s third largest metropolitan area is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills on a flat plain. The “City of Trees” may have gotten its name from French-speaking settlers who happened upon the Boise River and noted, in French, how wooded the area was. Today, Boise retains much of its rural charm and has great access to outdoor activities. Travelers will be pleasantly surprised by up-and-coming restaurants, fun events, and many shopping opportunities.
Foodies will love the restaurants and breweries that Boise has to offer. Check out Payette Brewing Company, voted “Best Local Brewery of 2015,” by Boise Weekly. For vegan and gluten-free options, try the Wild Root Café & Market. Its menu rotates often, so you’re sure to find something to your taste. Stop by Bleubird for top-rated sandwiches and salads.
Try your hand at glass blowing at Boise Art Glass. Classes are available for newcomers to this creative venture, accompanied by a gallery and shop. Other shopping includes several weekend farmer’s market and a modern mall called Boise Town Square.
Boise is a vibrant community that offers many seasonal events. In the summer, be sure to check out the Alive After Five concert series, which is a free event at the Basque Block, an outdoor venue. Christmas celebrations begin immediately after Thanksgiving with a tree lighting ceremony and include parades, carriage rides, charity drives, and winter concerts! Many events are geared towards families, so there is sure to be something fun for every member of your family.
For an adventurous activity that the whole family is sure to enjoy, take a 45-minute drive up to Horseshoe Bend. There you will find companies that offer guided whitewater rafting tours, zip lining, and a scenic train ride on the Thunder Mountain Line. There are also many festivals here, including a banjo festival in May and the National Senior Pro Rodeo in June.
Boise National Forest offers many opportunities for camping, hiking, horseback riding, cabin rentals, and more. This area, controlled by the U.S. Forest Service, is rich with flora and fauna. Historically, this area was mined for its gold, and gold mining tours are available today!
McCall, a resort town two hours north of Boise, is a wonderful town offering many options for outdoor recreation. There are several hot springs here, providing travelers relaxation and rejuvenation at any time of year. There are also several ski resorts, opportunities for snowshoeing, tubing, and Nordic skiing, and even a winter carnival! This is truly a destination for all seasons.
Search the huge inventory on Tripping.com for the perfect rental for your trip to Boise. There are over 350 vacation rentals posted that will accommodate every type of traveler. Many properties are close to downtown Boise, perfect for a short trip to a restaurant or bar.
Boise has its own airport, and many airlines offer direct flights from cities on the West Coast. Once you arrive, there is a comprehensive parks and trail system that connects everything that Boise has to offer.
Looking for a vacation rental in Boise? Tripping.com has 708 vacation rental homes available in Boise. You'll find 2 studios, 413 1-bedroom, 110 2-bedroom and 183 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $39 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Boise is $135 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Boise home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 166 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Boise. In addition to accommodating pets, Boise rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 591 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 542 have TV and/or cable and 181 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 7 vacation rental sites in Boise where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. There are 210 HomeAway rentals, 163 Expedia short term rentals and 126 TripAdvisor vacation rentals.