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03/28/21 How To Spend A Perfect Long Weekend In Beautiful Boise, Idaho

By Sue Reddel and Diana Laskaris,

Boise, Idaho, may be one of the most delightfully surprising destinations you’ll ever visit. It’s full of local charm while having a cosmopolitan feel. The capital and largest city of Idaho, it’s got all the buzz of a great college town while also providing unique cultural and historical attractions. There’s plenty to see, do, and taste for lovers of food, art, history, nature, culture, and more. We had a blast exploring the nooks and crannies of this fabulous town and want to show you how to spend a perfect long weekend enjoying all that Boise has to offer.

Disclaimer: We were guests of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau during our visit. All opinions are strictly our own based on our experiences.

Things To Do In Boise

Boise offers fantastic opportunities to explore indoors as well as outdoors. Here are some of our favorite things to do while you’re there for the perfect long weekend.

The Statehouse Building

Because it is the capital of Idaho, Boise is blessed with a chance to show off its status with an impressive statehouse building. Affectionately known as a Capitol of Light, the building was extensively restored and expanded in 2010. It reopened with fanfare and celebration, unveiling a 208-foot dome and local sandstone blocks that make a truly important and beautiful statement. You can get a sneak peek through this great video documenting the renovation and restoration.

Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

A beautiful park dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank and human rights also provides almost an acre of beautifully landscaped areas for restful contemplation. A wall in one area is full of thoughtful quotations from people of all walks of life. A lovely small waterfall and pond complement greenery and sculpture to offer insight, education, reflection, and a chance to catch your breath for a while.


To see the innovative spirit of Boise, you only need to visit JUMP, which stands for Jack’s Urban Meeting Place). This is a fabulous interactive creative center and gathering spot that serves multiple purposes. There are interactive learning studios, event spaces, meeting rooms, and even an outdoor amphitheater. It’s one of those places intended to bring out the creative spirit in those who visit, and we think it’s a pretty cool spot to hang out and have fun.

(208) 780-1100 807 W. Idaho Street Boise, Idaho 83702 VIEW MAP