• By Mary P
  • Travel Tips
  • 11.05.2016

Places to see

Discovery Center Idaho

Camps and classes, the Science Cafe, Teen Club, Adult Night, programs, exhibitions and special events keep this center busy with visitors with different purposes for being there. Educators find its offerings compelling for field trips, curriculum tools for the class, as it's a STEM rich place to include in their lesson planning.

Things to See

Trail System

Whether you prefer dirt paths, paved paths or rural pathways, you can find plenty of pathway fun in Boise. On the Boise River Greenbelt, you can travel through some delightful venues and get open air into your lungs. A PDF map of the pathway options is available at

Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

The Chestnut tree that grew in Anne Frank's Amsterdam residence has 10 saplings that were given to noteworthy organizations that show dedication to fostering respect for the dignity and diversity of human rights. The Boise Memorial is one of those ten sights. Located at 800 S. 8th Street at the Boise River, this memorial is flush with the human rights message. An Anne Frank sculpture, 60 human rights-themed quotes, and the entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights are three central points of interest. Also there is an ampitheatre, a trio of waterfalls, a duo of reflective ponds and a 90-foot reading circle.

Idanha Hotel

Whether to see or stay in the hotel turned post-modern apartments, the Idanha Hotel at 928 West Main Street is in the center of Boise, and close to may compelling venues. Designed in the French chateau manner, it was the place for balls, inaugurations and other noteworthy events of the social elite. The state's first elevator was put into operation at this venue. Spectacular views can be seen from there. While checking it out, don't forget to see the memorial mural featuring its elegant past through art.

Things to do

The Basque Market

This market is fairly new, and it's a favorite of the locals. There's lunchtime tapas fare, and the Basque Market and Cultural Center right in downtown Boise. At the market, you can also participate in wine tastings and take cooking classes. On Wednesdays and Fridays there's $8 Paello on the patio, and there's the once-a-month Sheepherders Breakfast.


It's not hard to forget that Boise was the site of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which is a statement about it's sports mecca capabilities and its appreciation for diversity. There are two archery venues in Boise, including Mountain Cove Archery Range and Fort Boise Park. Visitors to these locales can channel their inner Katniss Everdeen (from The Hunger Games). If you elect the range, there's plenty of elbow room, and opportunities to release the arrow and let it soar.

Fresh Fare at Chandler's Steakhouse

Jazz entertainment accompanies your fine dining experience at Chandler's. This venue offers up elegant meals of fresh seafood and prime steak and more. When you eat, you can have knowledge of where your main dish was sourced – just check out the menu for details. Lauded musician Dan Costello hand-selected the featured musicians, who are talented and local..


Boise is situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. At such a cushy location, it's small wonder that it offers some of everything.