Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Boise Idaho. We had never been there before and wanted to check out the area. We were not impressed by the landscape surrounding the city as we drove in – all brown and dried out desert. We did not know that Boise would be so dry and desert looking!
Prior to the trip, we had booked a hotel at the Best Western Plus Northwest Lodge, located on the outskirts of Boise. The hotel was a great value at less than $80 a night. It was located in a quiet area outside of town right off the freeway and included a free breakfast and evening wine reception. The first night that we were in town, we walked around the downtown Boise area and ate at P.F. Chang’s.
We were not too impressed by the downtown area. It is pretty small. However, it was not that bad considering Boise has only 200,000 people. There are a lot of cool shops and restaurants in the downtown area, and it is very walkable. P.F. Chang’s was great. It is one of our favorite chain restaurants. I recommend the vegetarian lettuce wraps! For a more in depth review of the P.F. Chang’s, click here.
Later that evening, we went to the Idaho Center to see the Ringling Brothers Zing Zang Zoom Circus. This was a great show that was surprisingly very entertaining. The Idaho Center hosts various events throughout the year.
The next morning after using the hotel fitness center and hot tub, we took a ride over to Julia Davis Park. This is a great city park located near the Boise downtown area. There are plenty of things to do including tennis courts, paddleboat rentals, and the city zoo. From this park, we had access to the Boise greenbelt; a 25 mile long paved biking, walking and jogging path that runs along the Boise River. We biked about 20 miles and would have gone farther if it were not for the strong heat that day – 100 degrees!
The greenbelt was very nice. Great views of the river and not crowded at all. The path was shaded in most sections. However, there were a few parts that were barren and really hot in the extreme heat. I would probably recommend doing the path in the fall season as it might get too hot in the summer. Many parts of the path are well maintained including the section that goes through Boise State University. The only thing we did not like about the path was that it was not marked well at all. That night, once again we made our way to the downtown area to go to The Melting Pot. I highly recommend this restaurant as a fun date night together making fondue.