Idaho’s capital has been making quite a name for itself lately. Over the last few years, Boise has been touted as one of the country’s top “up and coming” cities, labeled a unique urban getaway, called a hidden gem of the Northwest, named one of the best places to live in the country, and more by national travel and culture powerhouses. With the recent addition of Men’s Health “Healthiest Cities” ranking to the rural mecca’s success sheet, the accolades just keep coming.
But before you pack up your bags and head to Idaho to settle down in the City of Trees, there are a few things you should know about this big-little city before moving to Boise.
1. THIS is always the quintessential photo of Boise. But there is so, so much more.
2. The Boise metro area houses nearly 1/3 of Idaho's total population.
While many sites continue to label our city as "quaint" and "rural" (which it totally is in comparison to other state capitals), keep in mind that many Boiseans are starting to feel like a can of packed sardines, which makes finding a new home quite the challenge.
3. There will be hipsters. And lots of 'em.
All the skinny jeans and Doc Martens you can shake a plaid bowtie at. That's just the culture, here!
4. Coffee is life.
There are some
incredible local coffee shops here, and many of them contribute to awesome local and overseas humanitarian causes.
5. Have bike, will travel.
When you see a biker dressed in spandex, it doesn't necessarily mean that you've stumbled right into the middle of a marathon (although it's a possibility). It's actually a major mode of transportation.
6. We love our parks.
So much so, that there are literally dozens. Over 60, to be exact.
7. If you don't love Boise State football, we might have a problem...
But on game days, be prepared to be stuck in traffic for hours.
8. Geese. Geese,
Sometimes they're just chilling, and other times they look at you with their dangerous, beady eyes. Know the difference and be prepared to switch on that Fight-or-Flight instinct.
P.S. They've also been known to cause major traffic jams.
9. Hiking the foothills is a right of passage.
10. Eventually, you will become a trail runner, whether you like it or not.
11. Fall is awesome, here.
They didn't call us the City of Trees just for funsies.
12. Our capitol building is beautiful, wonderful, inspiring, and it's impossible to not love it.
13. Did we mention hiking?
Clearly it's important enough to warrant two mentions.
14. Be prepared for an incredibly diverse craft beer presence.
Local breweries and distilleries make their name in nearly every Boise pub throughout downtown and beyond, putting a little Gem State love into every brew.
15. Boise is doing some great stuff to help keep the environment clean.
Green bikes, geothermal energy throughout downtown, eco-friendly pavers... the list goes on.
16. There's no better place to be at night or on a weekend than BoDo.
Whether shopping, dining, playing, or strolling, downtown Boise is just a fantastic place to explore.
17. The Boise River Greenbelt is our pride and joy.
25 miles of lush waterfront and wildlife? Yes, please.
18. Anticipate spending at least 15 minutes at every stop sign waiting for the other person to go first.
"No, you." "No, really, I insist." "No,
you go first," said every Boisean ever.
19. The Downtown Boise Connector can be a dangerous place, especially come winter.
20. Boise has an EPIC music scene.
We're not talking just Treefort and Alive After Five. We're talking local jam bands in coffeehouses, swanky restaurants, and filling downtown with some sweet, sweet sounds.
Pictured: Rippin' Brass, a.k.a. the raddest jazz combo to hit this side of BoDo since... well, ever.
21. Finally, there are hundreds of unique local restaurants in Boise. Make it your goal to try them all.
Are you moving to Boise? All in all, Boise, Idaho is a beautiful place to call home. You just have to know what you’re getting into!