Many visitors find it helpful to start their journey with a ride on the vintage “Miss Molly Trolley” through the Boise Commercial District, Harrison Boulevard, Hyde Park, the Warm Springs Road mansions, the Botanical Gardens and the State Capitol. Once you step off the trolley, explore the many historic buildings, restaurants and shops in downtown Boise. Catch a show at a local theater and visit Boise Art Museum to experience more of the area’s cultural vitality.
Boise, which is arguably the heart of Treasure Valley, is home to one of the largest Basque communities outside of Northern Spain’s Basque Region, with more than 15,000 residents. A rich cultural district, located on Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Street, showcases the colorful heritage with a cultural center, Basque market and authentic restaurants. While you’re exploring Grove Street, painted in traditional red and green colors, look for the large “Laubduru,” or Basque cross.
Get tickets to the next Boise State Broncos game to see the team’s infamous “Blue Turf” stadium. Stop by the hotel’s on-site gift shop for Broncos gear to show off your team spirit or to take home a souvenir. Sports fans also love Snake River Stampede, one of the 10 most popular rodeos in the country. This lively, annual event is a great way to get a feel for Idahoan culture with rodeo competitions, barrel racing, bullfighting, live music and more. If dirt track racing is more your speed, get your fill of thrills at the Meridian Speedway.
Play a round of Frisbee golf, ride the zip line or go swimming at Eagle Island State Park, a perfect daytime outing for families, couples and nature enthusiasts alike. The park also features seasonal snow tubing for visitors seeking wintry fun. If you visit Treasure Valley in the summer, head to Settlers Park, one of the area’s most popular natural parks, for outdoor movie showings.
Only eight miles from the Country Inn & Suites hotel is Expo Idaho, an event center that offers family fun at all times of the year. Expo Idaho is host to the annual Western Idaho Fair, which features live music, carnival rides, pig racing, great food, a host of engaging entertainers and so much more.
If you’re looking for more of a slow-paced couple’s getaway or girls’ night out, catch a movie at the Village Cinema, shop the dozens of retail outlets at Village at Meridian and grab dinner, all within minutes of the hotel. As a valued guest of the Country Inn & Suites, you receive 10 to 20 percent off your meal at select nearby restaurants.
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