Located in the southwest region of Idaho, the verdant bustling town of Boise is extremely likeable. The town grew up under the protective wing of Fort Boise, established in 1862 for the benefit of pioneers using the Oregon Trail. After adapting the name originally given to the area by French trappers-Les Bois, the woods-the earliest residents boosted the town’s appearance by planting hundreds more trees.
The Old Boise Historic District is an elegant area of brick houses, shops and restaurants. Check out the impressive State Capitol building with its exhibits of gem stones such as the star garnet, only found in Indo-China and Idaho.
Nestled beneath the desert hills you’ll come across the Old Idaho Penitentiary, just a mile out from downtown. This imposing sandstone walled citadel feels like desolate outpost. Constructed in 1870 to hold robbers and rustlers, you’ll be interested in the eerie self guided tour around the cramped solitary confinement unit and the gallows where the last hanging in Idaho was carried out. In sharp contrast, adjacent is the lovely Idaho Botanical Gardens!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in Boise....anything from tasty western meals to Egyptian food served by belly dancers!
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