"Boise...City of trees according to the French." Top 5 Page for this destination Boise by crazyk

Boise Travel Guide: 142 reviews and 274 photos

Welcome to Boise, a city with a population of about 185,000 and counting.
One of the fastest growing metro areas in the United States, which means more traffic and strip malls, but we have finally hit it big with our first PF Chang's opening sometime in the fall of 2005.
The reason for the name "Boise", goes back to when the 19th century French Canadian fur trappers were struggling to get across the owyhee desert, they eventually found an oasis by the now known Boise river.
The trappers used the words "les bois!" aggressively and then the name stuck.
Now, anytime any French people are in Boise and say "les bois!", they are probably at a strip mall next to a wal-mart where they plant trees in the medians of the parking lot.
Well, enjoy your trip here and check out our capital building, it's neat.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Usually sunny and dry, mountains are close.
  • Cons:Area going through explosive growth and not prepared for it.
  • In a nutshell:Nice downtown with the outdoors minutes away.
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2005
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  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Thanks for the tips! I'm heading to Boise just for a night and look forward to seeing the city.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    Enjoyed wandering through your tops and pics of Boise. Cheers from Penang island, SL

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Dude, your Boise page is hilarious! Seriously, your tips are insightful and interesting -- and are also some of the funniest that I have read on VT. Best from NJ, Bill

  • Sep 22, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    Ummm... Hangings?

  • PJ71's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Hey Kevin, Moving to Boise soon for work. Looks like fun. Got any suggestions on where to live? I'm thinking Downtown or something by the Capitol. I'd love to hear what someone from the city actually thinks. Lemme know. Thanks!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 3:36 AM

    Hope you have a great birthday! Don't party too hard!!

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2005 at 6:50 PM

    Hi Kevin. Just checking out Boise tonight. I like your writing. I'm trying to get a trip in the west together - Boise sounds good! Greetings from Georgia

  • jjmmjj57's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2005 at 1:42 AM

    Boise is a great town! Much as a tiny Denver in many ways. Great winter sports; interesting history and a great stop over driving from Seattle to Yellowstone Park, Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. Stayed at The Grove many times.

  • KarenandCory's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2005 at 6:42 PM

    Love your tips!

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2005 at 2:35 PM

    ahhhh....okay, maybe I will pass the tour of garden city if I ever go there....happy birthday.


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