Idaho’s capital city was long one of the West’s best-kept secrets, but the word is getting out. Continuously ranked as one of the top 10 places to live in America, Boise combines small-town charm with big-city amenities. Nestled in the shadow of the Boise Foothills, this city is a paradise for active people who want to combine work and play. Boise is located within driving distance of Idaho’s high mountains, desert landscapes, and scenic rivers — in fact, the beloved Boise River runs right through the middle of town.
Legend has it that Boise received its name from Captain Benjamin Bonneville, a hunter and explorer, who exclaimed, “Les bois, les bois — vouyez le bois!” (“The woods, the woods — look at the woods!”) upon catching a glimpse of the valley from what is now known as Bonneville Point. Indeed, the cottonwoods that line the Boise River are still a welcome sight, providing shade to hundreds of Boiseans who flock to its Greenbelt on hot summer days.
Boise has been Idaho’s capitol city since 1864, and it is still the thriving center of the state. The majority of Idaho’s population is concentrated in the Treasure Valley, and Boise is well known for its extensive hiking and biking trails, thriving arts community, low crime rate, and nearly endless outdoor opportunities.
And, just in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced BOY-see.