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What to see in Boise

Boise Attractions


Boise is the capital of Idaho, and its largest city and cultural heart. While not known for world-famous landmarks and attractions, the city offers a number of interesting sights and activities for visitors.

Boise has a few excellent museums including the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the popular Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Also worth a visit is the World Center for Birds of Prey, which hosts live presentations and educational tours for the whole family.

There are also some lovely parks in Boise, perfect for a lazy afternoon in summer. Julia Davis Park is home to a small zoo and rose garden, as well as a scenic railroad; while Barber Park is known for its wildlife, and visitors can spot deer, elk, bald eagles, and other animals. Barber Park is also the starting point for a summer tradition in Boise: floating down the Boise River.


Basque Museum and Cultural Center

The mission of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center is to perpetuate, preserve and promote awareness of Basque history…

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Bogus Basin, the remarkable recreation area in Boise's backyard, has grown from a small ski hill with a rope tow into…

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Craters of the Moon

15,000 years ago Idaho was shaped by volcanoes, and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a fascinating…

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Thunder Mountain Line Scenic Trains

Just 28 miles (45km) from Boise, visitors can ride the rails of the nostalgic Thunder Mountain Line, originally established…

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