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Great Escapes: Venturing out to Boise, Idaho

Drink great wine, soak in hot springs, and surf in a river.

A view from Lucky Peak State Park in Boise, ID

Parks, rivers, mountains — Boise’s got it all.

Photo by Lauren Benner

Planning a getaway? Check out Boise, ID, a lively town with spectacular scenery and lots of activities for adventuring types.

SEAtoday editor Gabe here — until a few years ago, my only association with Idaho was probably potato-driven. But my wife and I have been out there numerous times visiting a friend, and there’s always something that surprises us every time we go. The taters live up to the hype, too.

Why go?

Hot springs near Boise with several people floating in the water near an inflatable gold flamingo.

Nearby natural hot springs are a popular attraction year round.

Photo by Lauren Benner

Act like a local:

  • Food: If you’re a little pigheaded, try the PBR platter at popular barbecue joint Saint Lawrence Gridiron with ribs, pulled pork, and brisket all in one.
  • Drink: Don’t sleep on the wine scene in Boise known for excellent syrahs, rieslings, and chardonnays. The Sunnyslope Wine Trail is a must-visit — Indian Creek particularly — but don’t be afraid get spicy with the jalapeño wine lemonade at Potter Wines.
  • Outdoors: Those looking to take their vacation to new heights may want to head to Table Rock for some bouldering and amazing views.
  • Learn: DYK Boise has a rich basque history? Find out all about it at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center.
  • Family: Scope out the aquarium or splash around at a nearby water park during warmer weather months.
  • Explore: If you’re up for a drive, there are many natural hot springs in the area that should melt your stress away.

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