Boise is very bike friendly, and many downtown hotels rent bikes to their guests for free. Downtown Boise is easy and safe to bike as many streets feature bike lanes. If you want to explore the more natural side of Boise be sure to pedal along the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt. The treelined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and accesses the city's riverside parks, and "The Ribbon of Jewels," which are other popular parks located along the pathway.
Many who visit Boise often visit Hyde Park because of its historic character and charm. The neighborhood is signed into the National Historic Register and features several blocks of charming two-story, mainly brick, buildings that house various ground-level shops, cafes and restaurants. Most enjoy this neighborhood because it is chocked full of small, independent businesses, and is the gateway for many bikers since this neighborhood is accessible to many foothill trails.
If searching for the perfect cup of coffee, or scone, be sure to visit the family-owned and operated Hyde Perk Coffee House. People come not only for the food but for the atmosphere of a modern-chic cafe housed inside a beautiful historic building.
Known as the state's most-treasured building and is a beautiful piece of architecture with it's sandstone walls. Construction began in 1905, and this is where history has been made for Idaho from everything between laws being passed to human rights protest.
Established in 1985, this is the only museum in the US dedicated to the Basque history in Idaho and worldwide. Basque history roots back to northern Spain, and throughout US immigration, many Basque shepherds settled in Boise as sheep herders. The museum features a variety of artifacts, photographs and some interactive archives.
Capital City Public Market
For those who love open-air and farmers markets, this public market is a must visit. Operation began in the early 1990's and now features over 150 vendors. Many come to buy locally-sourced produce and baked goods, but every week the market features a variety of entertainment and live music.
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