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Learn all about the Boise lifestyle with our Boise Insider's Guide.
What's it like living in Boise? Explore our in-depth, insider look at what life is like here in the Treasure Valley.

Welcome to Boise!

What's it like to live in Boise? The Visitor's Bureau gives you a 60-second overview. Then we invite you to explore our in-depth, insider look at what life is like here in the Treasure Valley. You'll find that our Idahome has a lot more to it than Boise State's blue turf and a few billion potatoes. So without further ado, let's lift our glasses (of local Ste. Chapelle wine of course) to Boise!

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Do you like skiing, hunting, hiking, fishing, biking, kayaking, or anything else? You can do it in Boise.

Outdoor Recreation

Whether your favorite outdoor activity is biking, hiking, skiing, rafting, fishing, or hunting, Boise has them all. And the best part? You don't even have to leave town. Learn what Boise has to offer in the great outdoors (and some of our best-kept local secrets).

Stop Being a Couch Potato

Find out where the Boise locals eat, drink, and stay.

Top Local Picks

Wondering where Boise locals go to eat, shop or stay? Let us show you where to find local flavor at its finest in Boise and surrounding areas.

Discover the Local Locale

Is Boise boring on a Friday night? Learn where to eat, drink, and party.

Entertainment and Nightlife

What are your options for a Friday night in Boise? Take your pick in this buzzing magnet for music, entertainment, dining, nightlife, art, and general cultural hubbub.

Make a Date to Visit Boise

Wondering about Boise climate? It has four distinct seasons without being extreme.


Like variety? You'll like living in Boise. Boise's climate has four distinct seasons that are pretty even in length, with plenty of opportunities for diverse outdoor recreation and entertainment in each one. Learn how to enjoy the best of Boise all year long.

Find Out Weather You Should Visit Boise

How do Boise schools compare nationally? What secondary options are there? We explain it all.


Wondering about Boise schools? Learn how Idaho stacks up against other states and what it's like to get an education in the Treasure Valley. We also list some of the top-rated schools for elementary, junior and senior high, alternative schooling options, and higher education.

Earn a Gold Star in Boise

What makes Boise special? Find out from two real estate agents and learn about Boise's cost of living, quality of life, and neighborhoods.

Real Estate

What makes living in Boise special? Some recent Boise transplants give you two good reasons: cost of living and quality of life. Take a stroll through Boise and surrounding areas.

Make Boise Your Idahome

Starting or moving a business to Boise? We have all the resources you need.

Business Opportunities

Starting and growing a business in Boise is easier than you might think. Learn about what it's like to start or grow a business in the city of trees, and the great resources available to help local businesses succeed.

Get Down to Business in Boise

What is transportation like in Boise? Are you safe riding a bike? Is there public transportation? Find out.


How bad are commute times in Boise? You'll see brake lights now and then, but the average one-way commute for those working in Boise is 17 minutes. That's 31% less than the national 25-minute average. Learn more about commute and public transportation options.

Make Your Move in Boise

Boise has great places to shop and eat. Learn about Boise grocery stores, shops, and dining.

Shopping and Dining

Get the skinny on Boise restaurants and bars, great grocery stores, and a market scene that you can't pass up. Consider this your free sample.

Buy into Boise

Let us debunk (or confirm) the urban legends and myths around Boise and Idaho.

Boise Snopes

Are there alligators in Idaho? We put this and other Idaho facts, myths, and urban legends to the test. How much do you really know about Idaho?

Start Mythbusting

Learn more about Boise demographics, religion, ethnic diversity, and more.

Diversity and Cultural Demographics

Surprised to know that Boise has the largest Basque population outside of Spain? Learn who lives in Boise and what factors are shaping the culture in the biggest metropolitan hub in Idaho.

Basque in Boise History

Explore why one of the safest places in the U.S. has so many sex offenders and rapists.

Crime in Boise

Did you know that Boise landed the No. 7 spot on Business Insider's list of 20 Safest Cities in America? Get the full scoop on safety in the City of Trees.

See Why Boise is a Safe Bet