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Idaho is famous for it's great outdoors, fresh air, and wilderness all over the state. Especially the more rural areas are treasured for their beautiful scenery and picturesque nature. However, you don’t have to be in the middle of nowhere to have a great time. The capital city of Boise has some fantastic and unique things that make it a memorable place to spend a vacation. From interactive animal exhibits to some beautiful hiking trails and everything in between, Boise has all the qualities of a fun vacation!

Zoo Boise is one of the most popular places for both visitors to the city as well as lifelong residents to check out, and for good reason! Their mission is to conserve and protect wildlife all over the world, and they have a goal to make

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There are certainly a lot of sights to check out when you are in Idaho’s state capital of Boise. From unforgettable exhibits in Zoo Boise and the Aquarium of Boise to one of the biggest farmer’s markets you can imagine, the attractions of the city are truly endless. This is in no small part because of Boise’s large size as well as how long the city has been around. There are many interesting things to check out while in the Boise area that will help give you a taste of what Boise was like in the earlier days of the Gem State’s existence. Taking a trip through Old Boise has a really nice and comforting nostalgic feel that is sure to please any history buff.

Renovations in what is now the Old Boise Historic District began in the 1970s. Many people

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Idaho is so cold! Or, at least that’s the reputation it holds with many who maybe aren’t as familiar with the state. This isn’t much of a surprise, as the state happens to have low temperatures and is covered with large amounts of snow for a reasonable part of the year. This isn’t to say that Idahoans just stay inside and keep to themselves all winter though, quite the contrary in fact. Some of the most fun activities in the Gem State are only available during this time of the year, and many living in Idaho cannot wait for that snow to start falling!

One of the most popular cold weather activities for people living in Idaho is zipping down the mountains on skis or on a snowboard. If skiing or snowboarding is one of your favorite hobbies, you will

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There are a lot of ways to get around when you need to be somewhere. Sometimes in a city (Say for an example, the city of Boise) the best and most economical way of getting around is by riding a bike. For most of the state of Idaho, a bicycle is not going to get you far. There is a lot of space between things that you might want to get to and it is far enough that you are only going to try and make that on a bike if you are a cross-country cyclist betting ready for a major tournament. That is probably not most people, though I suppose there is always a chance. This is not the case for a city like Boise. The area is more spread out than other cities, but things are still pretty close together and you can consider getting from place to place on a bike

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Boise is by far the biggest city in Idaho, followed by neighboring cities Meridian and Nampa. With so much there, if you find yourself spending a weekend in the Boise area, there are tons of great activities to enjoy! Whatever time of the year it is, and whether you enjoy being outdoors or indoors, there is no shortage of fun things to take part in this part of the Gem state.

A nice relaxing outdoor activity to do during your weekend in Boise is fishing. Idaho is known as one of the best places in the United States to fish, and you can do it right there in the city of Boise! The Boise River is a beautiful and convenient place to fish at any time of year. The river is stocked with rainbow trout every Spring and Fall so you are likely to get a bite.

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One of the best-kept secrets of the northwestern United States is the delicious mountain huckleberry. While it’s no secret that the huckleberry is delicious and even the state fruit of Idaho, try asking any local where they pick their berries! This delicious fruit is native to colder, mountainous regions and the mountains of Coeur d’Alene are home some of the best huckleberries in the region. These dark purple berries are a great source of nutrition and bloom ever year from August to late September. Visitors to northern Idaho during this time of year will witness one of America’s greatest berry seasons, but hurry! The season is over before you know it and you might have to wait another year.

It is abundantly clear— Idahoans love their huckleberries

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The summer in the Treasure Valley is always a fun time of the year as the outdoors starts to call everyone's name. One of the main attractions for the Saturdays during the summer is the famous (to the locals) farmers markets. The markets are not simply about scoring the local food items or the wines but it is about the arts, crafts, and local mixtures of stuff that is offered at the markets that attract the people. So mark your calendars for fun-filled outings this year!

The Capital City Public Market is one of the Farmers markets in Downtown Boise. The market goes down to eighth street corridor and from Main Street to State Street all the way past the famous Capitol building. The beginning of the Capital City Market was in 1994; being the

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Boise is drawing more and more leisure travelers who are exploring the culinary scene among other scenes. Nestled in the high desert at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains is the city known as the most geographically remote in the continental United States. However, it has become easier to explore the city since Southwest added Chicago and San Diego nonstops flights. Here is a look at the west side of town to satisfy your culinary scene.

Sushi Ya

A contemporary sushi house that offers all you can eat sushi. They take their sushi seriously and offers a comfortable atmosphere. Upon entering the restaurant you will find nothing but happy smiling and chatting guests. The rolls are presented by friendly and inviting staff.

Thai Cuisine

Thai

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Amidst the plentiful opportunities to go out and play in the frozen precipitate, you and yours will likely be trying to stave off any lingering of the winter chill with your home’s heating and air conditioning systems.

The hum of natural gas or electrical heating system may not quite provide the ambiance during the winter that some homeowners are looking for. They may be longing for the crackle and sizzle of the wood-burning stove or fireplace, staples to our Rocky Mountain state. And with the crackdown on efficiency standards by the Environmental Protection Agency nearly three years ago, wood burning stoves and fireplaces are becoming even more viable choices to provide warmth to your home.

Don’t let the aesthetics of a crackling wood fire fool

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With its vast amount of land, and much of it still being ruled by nature, Idaho is stuffed with amazing places to take a camping trip. Even Boise, with its large population in comparison to the rest of the state, has surprisingly great places to camp close by. If you are in the Boise area and want to take a break from civilization for a while, you’ll find you don’t have to go too far out of the city to find a place. Here are several of the best places to take a camping trip near Boise!

The Boise National Forest is a favorite place among many residing in the Boise area. While it is a popular place to go hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding, the forest also has tons of fantastic places to go camping. One of these popular spots is Schafer Butte.

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