Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Boise? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Boise?”
Idaho’s got gems, people. A lot of them are literal (the star garnet is found in two places: India and Idaho). But dig around and you’ll find others. Like Boise. In a Pacific Northwest region rife with trendy cities and hipster havens, Boise is among the coolest. Not the “put in a coffee shop with exposed brick and call it good” type of cool you see in other cities. Boise’s style runs deep. Exhibit A: The city makes waves on the Boise River so people can surf. Exhibit B: Its Treefort indie rock festival is climbing the ranks of U.S. music events. Exhibit C: Its population grew more by 18.2% from 2010 to 2018, largely millennials looking for the next big thing. You can pair a whole range of outdoor adventures with trendy restaurants and craft beer, but you’ve got to get it while the gettin’s good. Here are the best things to do in Boise right now.