"Les bois! Les bois!" exclaimed the French-Canadian trappers when they first explored the area after crossing the arid desert plains and saw the lush arboreal feast of trees along the Boise River. Indeed, when your own eyes gaze upon the green gem that is the city of Boise (pronounced boy-see), you'll be shouting "the trees!" too!
Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing 30 minutes away at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs. The Boise area has it all - desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, river rafting, hunting and fishing.
Downtown Boise is a clean, thriving, and vibrant hot spot, complete with a symphony orchestra, zoo, historic Egyptian theater, multiple museums, a university, opera and ballet companies, and some of the best-maintained parks in the country.