Idaho may be known for its potatoes, but its capital city offers so much more. Located in the high desert at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boise combines outdoor fun with urban attractions. New and revamped hotels and an exploding culinary scene make it a convenient and student-friendly destination filled with educational opportunities.
There are many cultural aspects to be explored as well; Boise has the largest concentrated population of Basque people outside of Spain. The Basque Museum and Cultural Center, located downtown, is a great place to begin exploring. Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau suggested the following four stops to help students continue the journey.
Idaho State Capitol
Student groups are invited to tour the Idaho State Capitol through a Guided Tour Program. The historic capitol building houses the state legislature, and the central rotunda is filled with educational panels. Staff strongly recommends a maximum of 50 students per tour. Tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.
Freak Alley Gallery
Freak Alley Gallery is a venue for murals and graffiti located in and adjacent to a downtown service alley. The venue, now extending to a gravel parking lot, began in 2002 with a painting of a single alley doorway. The current plan allows assorted extant murals to be painted over and replaced by new murals every two years.
Boise River Greenbelt
The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt weaves along the river and is an excellent place to ride bicycles, like Boise Green Bikes. The path leads students through downtown and links several city sites. The path is open from sunrise to sunset. Stop at the MK Nature Center to learn about local wildlife and Idaho’s many landscapes.
Boise Waterwater Park
A popular spot for student surfers and kayakers, Boise Whitewater Park has two state-of-the-art wave shapers that are highlights along the Boise River. A pneumatically-operated system allows controllers to elevate and lower stainless-steel flashboards. These create custom-shaped waves and a consistently changing adventure for whitewater enthusiasts.
Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau