Boise Sights and Landmarks Guide, Idaho
Boise, Idaho, the capital of the state of Idaho in the US, is a city for a variety of recreations for all types of visitors and tourists. The main attractions of the city are a combination of the traditional and non-traditional. Boise is one of the very few cities in the world that have a river flowing through the center of the city. The riverfront is 25-mile long greenbelt in and around the city. The nearby mountains, canyons, rivers with whitewater rafting, and the desert sand dunes provide a contrasting relief to the travelers accustomed to and wearied by a fast city life.
The important travel spots in Boise are the Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Idaho Black History Museum, the World Center for Birds of Prey, and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. The Zoo Boise has got more than 200 animals covering about 80 species from all over the world. An exclusive African exhibit is being created in the zoo, housing African lions and giraffes. The World Center for Birds of Prey is situated outside the limits of the city. The center is reviving the breeding of Peregrine falcon birds with the intention of getting them out of the Endangered Species list. The center is also breeding several other endangered and rare species of birds, including the most uncommon and near extinct California condors.
The Basque Museum & Cultural Center is housed in a new building adjacent to the oldest brick building in the city, called the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House. This building was built in 1864 and was the boarding house of Basques migrating from the northern Iberian Peninsula. The building functioned as a boarding house from 1910 to 1970, after which it was converted as a Heritage building. The museum is unique in the entire country, exhibiting the artifacts of the Basque and several other cultural events and traditions. The Idaho State Historical Museum has got historical artifacts from prehistoric, Basque, Native American, and Chinese cultures. The visit to the museum could include sightseeing of the Julia Davis Park, the Pioneer Village, and the Zoo, which are very near.
Boise trail & water sports network
Boise is lying on relatively flat and broad plains. The city itself is at an elevation of 824 meter above seal level. The northeast of the city has got rising mountains that the residents call as Boise foothills. The mountains stretch from the southeastern end of the city to nearby Eagle town. The Owyhee Mountains are situated in the Owyhee County at a distance of about 55 km from Boise. These close by mountains offer extensive biking and hiking trails. These trails are part of Hull’s Gulch. Another urban trail, known as Boise River Greenbelt is along the Boise River, stretching for more than 25 km. The Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, located at about 26 km from the city is quite famous for winter sports activities like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding. The Boise River and other neighboring rivers offer fishing, swimming, and whitewater rafting facilities for the visitors.
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