Spotlight on Boise

‘Great meeting destination' may not be the first description that comes to mind when you think of Boise, but it should be! When you come to Boise, you will see that it is clean, comfortable, and jam-packed with quality restaurants, diverse cultural entertainment, numerous shopping venues, and unique attractions.

Boise is in close proximity to excellent outdoor recreation. The Boise River flows through downtown and enhances the 25-mile Greenbelt path system. The Greenbelt connects five major parks and gives walkers, runners, bikers, and skaters plenty of territory to explore. Exciting whitewater rafting on the Payette River, just 45 minutes away, can be combined with dinner along the riverbank.

In the winter, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort offers skiing day and night and miles of scenic cross-country trails. Boise's moderate climate allows for an afternoon tee-time at one of 12 area golf courses and an evening of skiing excitement on the slopes. For those who enjoy

Cultural opportunities are plentiful. The city is home to a philharmonic orchestra, opera company, ballet company and numerous theater and dance groups. The Boise Art Museum, numerous art galleries and a wide variety of public art, including sculpture, photography, tile work, tapestry, murals, stained glass and paintings are located throughout the downtown core and are easily noticed when walking about.

Cyclone fans can take advantage of Boise's vibrant downtown. If shopping is your bag Boise has lots to offer. Downtown is home to numerous clothing boutiques and shoe stores, decorative kitchen and housewares shops, candle and gift shops and many more. Hyde Park, a quaint neighborhood shopping area just north of downtown on 13th Street has a variety of shops, antique stores and restaurants. Boise also offers a regional shopping mall surrounded by top brand retailers and an outlet mall with over 25 named-brand stores and an ice skating rink.

Looking for unique attractions? Boise has them. The World Center for Birds of Prey, the only facility of its kind in the U.S. offers visitors an opportunity to learn about birds of prey and how endangered birds are bred in captivity in preparation for reintroduction into the wild. Visitors to the Center will see falcons, eagles and California Condors and enjoy interactive displays, multi-media shows and an original art display.

The only Basque Museum and Cultural Center in North America, and one of only two in the world, is located in Boise. The Basque Museum and Cultural Center has become one of Idaho's finest cultural institutions, interpreting the unique Basque Heritage for the public through a variety of educational programs, lectures and presentations, exhibits, and through dance, and music.

The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, located in downtown Boise was established to honor sports figures who are not only great athletic champions, but who use their power to do good for the human race. In 2001 the Hall enshrined its eighth class of Inductees. At the Hall of Fame visitors will see exhibits about the Inductees as well as a series of displays relating to the "The Joy of Sport," like Card Collecting, The Race for the Home Run Record and the Evolution of the Baseball Glove.

Boise's newest interest, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is often considered a classroom of hope, where the injustices of the past can steer people to a more tolerant future. This park memorial displays moving quotes from 54 human right activists and is one of the few places in the world where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is displayed publicly.

There are many non-traditional venues suitable for off-site events, such as the historic Boise Depot, World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, Boise Art Museum and Idaho Historical Museum. The Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary is one of only four territorial prisons still standing and offers a unique setting for a theme party. If a western barbecue sounds like fun, the "town" of Cool Water on Bogus Creek Ranch will have just what you're looking for.

For more information, check out the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau website at

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