Start by exploring the history of downtown Boise (locals pronounce it "BOY-see"), which includes a museum, an art gallery and beautiful historical buildings. You can even hop on the vintage “Ms Molly Trolley” that will take you on an adventure to explore the State Capitol, the historic downtown Boise Commercial District, Harrison Blvd. and the Hyde Park area, Warm Springs Rd. mansions and the Old State Penitentiary and Botanical Gardens. Downtown also offers lots of shopping and dining. Want more entertainment? Boise has a range of movie theaters, comedy shows and concerts.
Sports fans should not miss a visit to the famous "Blue Turf," home of the Boise State Broncos. The Country Inn & Suites Boise West welcomes fans from both home and away and has many souvenirs at the on-site gift shop for you to take home to friends and family.
In addition to a rich entertainment scene, Boise is also home to a multicultural population that includes one of the largest Basque communities outside of the Basque Region in Northern Spain. With an estimated 15,000 Basque residents, it's no wonder that Boise dedicated an entire block to the Basques. Located in downtown Boise on Grove Street between Capitol Blvd. and 6th Street, the Basque block is home to two Basque restaurants, the museum and cultural center and the Basque Market. Grove Street was even painted traditional colors (green and red) and was emblazoned with a large "Laubduru," the Basque cross.
Right next to the hotel, there are many places to keep you busy. Meridian just opened a huge complex, “The Village at Meridian,” filled with retail, entertainment, restaurants and a huge park with a beautiful pond. Stay at the Country Inn & Suites to receive 10-20% off your meal at select restaurants! For a thrill-a-minute adventure, experience life in the fast lane at the Meridian Speedway and Firebird Raceway as you catch a race or a spectacular show.
Local culture comes alive every year at the Idaho and Snake River Stampede. Idaho Stampede is great for the sports lovers, and Snake River Stampede is for the down-to-earth cowboys who love a good rodeo. The Idaho Center also holds many entertaining conventions, concerts, trade shows, horse competitions and more throughout the year.
If you are looking for calm and outdoor family fun, visit one of the area's fantastic natural parks. Settlers Park is a big park with lots of room to relax and play, and outdoor movies are projected every summer. If you would rather swim or play Frisbee golf, make your way to Eagle Island State Park. Families also love the annual fair, which includes live music and kids' activities for the price of admission. Still looking for something different? The Expo holds an incredibly diverse range of events all year long.
All of this is just the start of what you will find here in Idaho’s Treasure Valley!