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Travel and Visit Boise

July 2nd, 2012 11:12 am

Traveling to interesting vacation destinations is one of the true joys in life.  Sometimes some of the more interesting locations are not the first ones off the top of our heads.  A great time can be had in some of the lesser known vacation spots.  A fun filled time can be had by pretty much anyone who chooses to visit the lively and often overlooked community of Boise, Idaho.

Boise is the largest city in between Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon.  The city was incorporated in 1864, but had been growing around Fort Boise for more than thirty years.  Boise became the capital of the Idaho Territory just one year after its incorporation, in 1865.  The community grew up over the years, quickly expanding past its origins as merely a military outpost, and developed into an agricultural and transportation hub for the region.  The area has continued to grow and Boise has developed into the premier city in Idaho.

When it comes to looking at things to do in and around Boise, the area has a wealth of attractions that could appeal to many people, especially anyone with interests in the outdoors and nature.  The Boise River runs through the city and is a magnet for those interested in everything from rafting to fishing.  The city is lucky to have the well developed network of trails that follow the river and branch off into other areas of town, this trail system is known as the Boise River Greenbelt and is a well deserved source of pride to the community.  Sporting events are popular attractions to locals and visitors alike and among the many teams that represent the city are minor league baseball’s Boise Hawks, the Boise Burn of the Arena Football League’s AF2 division, the Idaho Stampede of National Basketball Association’s Developmental League and the minor league hockey team the Idaho Steelheads.  Sports fans are also treated to most major sporting events at the collegiate level through watching and following local favorite Boise State University.  Among the many other attractions in and around the city are the Boise Town Square Mall, the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Bogus Basin ski area, and Zoo Boise which is located in Julia Davis Park and is home to more than 200 individual animals.  For outdoor recreational enthusiasts, the area surrounding Boise is filled with campgrounds and natural resources.  Not only is there more than enough to do in and around Boise, but the community also offers something for nearly everyone.

The city of Boise has come a long way over the years and has developed into quite a hotbed of activity and regional hub.  Many corporations have settled into the area as well as developed from there.  The community offers something from nearly every aspect of city life including industrial, natural, retail, tourist, amusement, sports, and more.  Boise, Idaho offers incoming travelers the chance for a quiet and relaxing vacation away from the stress of their own lives as well as the stresses of more popular and crowded destinations.  A visit to Boise promises to be a unique and memorable getaway. Plan your next Boise getaway on southwest airlines. Use a southwest promo code and get a discount..

Outdoor Activities In Idaho

June 20th, 2012 4:20 am

Fishing

For some, fishing means trolling for sizeable lake trout in waters like Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. For others, tracking down the huge, prehistoric sturgeon in the Snake River is great angling. And, fly fishermen, using insect imitations, ply Idaho’s famous blue ribbon streams for the coveted brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Hunting

Idaho has some of the finest hunting in the Western United States. There are trophy moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, plus mule deer and whitetails, as well as elk and antelope. Hunters can also find black bear and mountain lions, along with turkeys, upland birds and waterfowl.

Hiking

Hiking trails of varying difficulty can be found throughout the state. There are trails of under a mile on up to the famed Idaho State Centennial Trail, a 1,200-mile Mother of All Trails that extends the entire length of Idaho from the Canadian border to Nevada! In all, some 19,000 miles of trails for the hiker, backpacker and trekker are available all around the state.

Camping

Whether your camping style is in a luxurious motor home or a simple, canvas tent, Idaho offers hundreds of maintained campgrounds as a base camp for outdoor activities. Most are located at or close to popular recreation areas and the state’s varied scenic highlights. These public campgrounds are operated and managed by federal and state government agencies.

History Rewind

Many travelers enjoy walking in the footsteps of Idaho’s early movers and shakers. The American Indian thrived for centuries in much of the state and courageous explorers and daring pioneers left their mark on the terrain. One can observe the path taken by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they searched for a new overland route to the Pacific Ocean. Wagon wheel ruts still found in the rugged Idaho terrain tell a story of the hardships encountered by those who defied odds heading west on the California and Oregon Trails.

Boating

Idaho boasts over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs for your boating pleasure. Some are quite large. For example, Coeur d’Alene Lake, known as the most beautiful alpine lake in the U.S., is over 25 miles long with more than 120 miles of shoreline. Great boating.

About 250 miles to the south, popular Dworshak Reservoir is a 53-mile long impound of the Clearwater River. Great boating. In southeastern Idaho, near Pocatello, one can spend quality boating time at American Falls, a 56.000-acre reservoir on the Snake River..