Take the scenic route in Boise, Idaho
Situated between rich desert landscape and the Rocky Mountains, Boise, Idaho, is a haven of natural beauty. Founded along the original Oregon Trail, the city's lush river climate made it ideal for early settlers and to this day it boasts a wide menagerie of vegetation, wildlife and history. Boise is the "City of Trees" and features a spectacular display of greenery.
Boise River Greenbelt
If you're looking to check out the scenery in Boise, there is no more beautiful landscape than the Boise River Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is 25 miles of public park land that stretches along the Boise River. By strolling down one of the many paths, you can see trees towering above, natural and man-maintained gardens, and a variety of recreational activities.
The park includes a golf course, horseback riding and miles of bike path. The waterways provide gentle ponds for swimming or faster whitewater rapids for tubing and kayaking. The river area is home to many animals. So, don't be surprised if you come across:
If you are interested in checking out more wildlife, you should also find the city's World's Center for Birds of Prey and the Boise Zoo.
Drive your Boise rental car down to the iconic Bronco Stadium, home of the Boise State Broncos. This university sports arena is famous for its bright blue field. The initial Bronco stadium was built back in the 1950s, but it didn't get its trademark color until blue astroturf was added back in 1996.
Recently, the stadium went through a major renovation and can now seat more than 36,000 excited fans. This renovation came complete with a name change and the field is now called Albertson's Stadium, but die hards still refer to it as Bronco's stadium (or "The Blue").
The Boise State Broncos are a Division 1 Team and, in recent years, have achieved a very impressive winning streak in football. Check out the stadium if you want to see one of the most unique arenas in sports or if you want to root on the home team. Just don't forget to wear your blue.
Old Idaho Penitentiary
Take your Boise rental car to the Idaho State Prison for a piece of history that you can actually walk through. The prison began housing criminals in 1872 and operated for 100 years before it finally closed its gates.
The penitentiary still stands as a historical landmark and interactive experience. You can walk through the cells, visit solitary confinement, and make your final stop at the gallows. The site is run by guides who are chock full of fascinating, and macabre, stories from the prison's past, or you can just visit the many buildings at your own pace.
The landmark serves as a cultural hub. The city uses the prison to host educational events, show movies and even offers haunted tours during the Halloween season. For more on local history, you may also wish to visit the Boise Train Depot and the Idaho Military History Museum.