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Best Boise days hikes and trails

With more than 200 miles of trails surrounding the city, it’s no exaggeration to say that Boise is a haven for hikers. It’s also a great way for families to explore the rugged beauty of our high-desert ecosystem. Below, we highlight some of the best trails in and around Boise, from easy paths that double as great nature walks for kids, to challenging day hikes. All you’ll need to pack is your sense of adventure, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Mountain Cove

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles, 175’ elevation gain
Estimated time: 20 minutes (location)

Mountain Cove is the most accessible trail in the Military Reserve trail complex, which is located in Boise’s East End neighborhood. The mostly flat trail parallels a creek and culminates in a

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Harrison Boulevard Boise ID neighborhood

The story of Boise's Harrison Boulevard has been in the making for more than 100 years.

Imagine being part of a city’s living history – taking tea in the same sunroom once used by one of Idaho’s first governors, or cooking in the same kitchen where J.R. Simplot may have had a billion-dollar epiphany about flash freezing Idaho potatoes, or walking your kids to school down a road that was once lined with the tracks of Boise’s electric trolley car.

Living on the stately, tree-lined street of Harrison Boulevard in the North End is as close as you can get to stepping back in time to Boise’s early days as a fledgling city. When viewing its eclectic homes, most of which were built between 1901 and 1942, you might not guess that the street was Boise’s

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Choosing the Ideal Boise School

If you’re shopping for a home in the Boise area, you already know your decision hinges on a lot more than updated appliances or square footage; you’re vetting more than just four walls to sleep in.

You’re also examining how the particular neighborhood, community, and school district fits your family’s needs, and that’s a bigger task than taking a quick home tour. When you choose a new home, you’re also selecting a broader community to be a part of, including your child’s future school. If you plan to stay in an area for several years, you could be determining their access to every school they’ll attend throughout their K-12 education.

This means home shopping is also school shopping, and it’s time to do some homework. As with looking for a new

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Where to live in boise – best boise suburbs

For decades, Boise and the surrounding suburbs were the Northwest's best-kept secret, however, with the area's population growth projected to hit one million residents by 2040, it's clear the secret is out. Whether you crave expansive desert solitude, big-city bustle, tranquil farmlands, sleepy suburbs, or rolling foothills, there's a home in Boise, or a nearby suburb, waiting for you.

The Boise metro area, also known as the Treasure Valley, includes small towns and big cities. Each offers unique strengths and vastly different housing options (and prices). Whether you're relocating from another state or considering a local move, the biggest question on your plate is likely, "where is the best place to live in the Boise area for me?"

You're in

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Best things to do in Boise with kids

A family-friendly guide to the City of Trees.

Boise may have a national reputation as an outdoor recreation city with a flourishing craft brewery scene, in other words, an adult's paradise. As you probably already know, it's also one of the best places to raise a family. Kid-friendly trails, acres of parks, and a healthy array of science centers and museums designed to spark curiosity and inspire young minds are just a few of the reasons families plant roots in the Treasure Valley.

And it must be said: one of the best ways to explore a city is through a child's eyes. So whether you're a Boise native or just visiting for the weekend, we've compiled a list of the best activities for families with kids, as recommended by the locals who love them.

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Treasure Valley Idaho - Greater Boise Metro Area

From the remote desert of the Owyhee Mountains, to expanding vineyards and family-run farms, to bustling metropolitan areas ringed by national forest, there is no other place in Idaho – or perhaps even the Northwest – that contains the diversity of the Treasure Valley.

In addition, job opportunities are plentiful, housing prices are reasonable, and national rankings show everyone from millennials to retirees think it’s a desirable area to live. So it’s no surprise that the Treasure Valley, also called the Boise Metro Area, is currently consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing in the nation.

But all that diversity can sometimes cause confusion. For instance, what exactly do we mean when we’re speaking of the Treasure Valley? Is the

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A complete guide to floating the Boise River

There’s only one thing to do when summer temperatures hit triple digits and you feel yourself wilting faster than a wildflower: slather on the sunscreen, grab a few friends and float the Boise River.

Floating the six-mile stretch of the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park is a uniquely thrilling yet tranquil pastime. Where else can you spot wild mink, deer and bald eagles’ nests, or watch teenagers jumping from bridges, or even stop to picnic or fish on a quiet stretch of beach before floating on to the heart of the city?

No one is quite sure when the tradition started, but now each year more than 125,000 people take the two-hour trip downstream. If you’ve never tried this local rite of passage, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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Boise wine, wineries and tasting rooms for Idaho wine lovers

Discover the Wineries and Tasting Rooms of Boise’s Urban Wine Region

The wineries of downtown Boise and the surrounding communities are home to some of the most unique and exquisite local wines. The "Boise Urban" wine region is quickly becoming a hot spot for diverse cuisine, art, culture, and outdoor recreation, making it the perfect place to sip and sample with your friends. Some wine-lovers even hop on their bikes and hit the Boise River Greenbelt to tour and taste these local wineries.

As Boise continues to grow and thrive, so do the many locally-owned and operated restaurants and wineries. Today, locals and visitors can sip their way through downtown and the surrounding cities. The wineries and tasting rooms in Boise's urban core make up

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Population of Boise: How Growth Is Shaping Idaho’s Largest City

Spend a few days in Boise and it’s easy to understand why it has topped lists for the past few years as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The city’s low cost of living, an impressive array of breweries and restaurants, and diverse recreation activities are just a handful of reasons Boise has dominated national “best of” lists for the last decade. They’re also why people of all ages are choosing to call Boise home.

And with the Boise metro population projected to surpass one million residents by 2040, it’s worth taking a look at who’s migrating to the area. Where are they moving from, and what can our projected population growth tell us about the Treasure Valley’s future?

Metro Boise, Idaho Population

Boise

236,310

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Treefort Music Fest 2020

Every city worth its salt has a music festival, and lucky for us, Boise is no different.

Each spring, Boise hosts Treefort Music Fest, a five-day, all-ages festival featuring more than 400 local, national and international bands playing at venues small and large throughout downtown.

But Treefort 2020 is much more than just a music festival. Since its inception in 2012, the grassroots festival has grown in size, popularity and scope to include a number of other “forts,” each with diverse programming, including Yogafort, Foodfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Hackfort (the festival’s tech-themed fort), Storyfort and Filmfort, to name a few.

With the Treefort schedule running almost around the clock at bars, churches, restaurants, even the local

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