Boise often surprises with its wealth of interesting things to do, great eateries and bustling downtown. Just make sure you have a rental car handy (though if you plan to stay just in downtown, a bike will do) and you’ll be good to go exploring what’s been called “the biggest small town there is.”
If you like attractions that are one part historically creepy and one part beautiful, visit the Idaho Botanical Garden, which sits on the previous grounds of the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Check out the garden’s lineup of events, but visit any day to see the range of gardens that feature native plants, succulents, roses and other flowers, vegetables and herbs. If you visit in the winter, be sure to stop by for the holiday light show!
Of course, while you’re there, stop in the remains of the Old Idaho Penitentiary, too. The penitentiary opened in 1872, served the community for 101 years and saw thousands walk through its doors. Tours feature details on the institution’s questionable conditions and most famous inmates.
You probably associate Basque culture and history with Spain, but did you know Idaho has its own helping of Basque culture as well? The Basque Museum & Cultural Center will tell you all about it, as the only Basque museum in the United States. Special focus is placed on Basque peoples who settled near Boise as sheepherders.
If the weather is nice, don’t miss a chance to explore Boise Greenbelt. You can easily adventure through 25 miles of cycling and walking paths right outside and within the city. In fact, many locals use the Greenbelt as an easy way to commute, as it connects many significant points of interest, including Boise State University’s campus.
Keeping with the Basque theme, visit Boise’s Basque Block in downtown, and try the Basque Market, where you can try authentic tapas and wine.
Ask the locals where to eat, and someone will definitely tell you stop by Fork. This downtown restaurant has a great little patio and a menu filled with locally sourced ingredients.
For breakfast, Guru Donuts is a must-try. The from-scratch donuts include a wide variety of flavors and toppings, perfect for the most adventurous travelers with a sweet tooth among your family.
The Inn at 500 Hotel is a favorite boutique property in downtown Boise. The hotel is filled with local artwork and there are lots of desirable amenities, such as free parking, bicycle rentals and welcome drinks.
The Grove Hotel is also a popular pick, with its renovated rooms and nice location. City views make this modern property even better.
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.