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Is Boise Friendly?

Last updated May 31, 2023 by Totally Boise

Boise, Boise, Boise – you’ve probably heard people rave about how friendly this city is, and we’re here to tell you that it’s absolutely true! From our sunny disposition to our unbeatable recreation scene, there are countless reasons why people consider Boise to be one of the friendliest cities around.

As passionate Boiseans ourselves, we at Totally Boise wanted to highlight all the incredible aspects that make our city so welcoming and provide some tips on how you can blend in with our spirit of kindness. So, grab a drink, sit back, and join us as we explore everything that makes Boise one of the friendliest cities in the United States.

How Friendly Is Boise?

Friendliness is synonymous with Boise – it’s the first thing people notice when they come to our city. Our residents take immense pride in being kind and neighborly to everyone they meet. We love to smile and wave at fellow walkers on the Greenbelt, ask how the clerks day is going while checking out our favorite coffee shop, or let someone into our lane despite it being rush hour traffic on Eagle rd at 5 pm.

Whether you’re just visiting for the weekend or were born and raised here, you’ll feel this compassion in every interaction. We Boiseans are always eager to offer advice on what to see and experience in our city.

Tips on How to Join in on Boise’s Kind Spirit

Tips on How to Join in on Boise’s Kind Spirit

If you want to take it a step further and immerse yourself in the local culture, here are some tips to keep in mind:

First things first, it’s essential to pronounce "Boise" correctly – it's "boy-see," not "boy-zee" – locals will appreciate the effort you put into getting it right!

Secondly, never litter! This may seem like common sense, but as Boise becomes a popular tourist destination and gains population, we feel it’s an important reminder to make. Boiseans cherish our city's natural beauty, and keeping it clean is a community effort.

Finally, let Idaho change you. As a kind, welcoming, friendly city, it’s our goal to keep that spirit alive as more people move to the Valley. Leave behind the vibe of where you came from and do your best to adopt our calm and hospitable mood.

What Makes Boise SO Nice?

We might be a little biased, but there are countless reasons why Boise is the best. Here are just a few:

First off, we’ve got immediate access to a variety of outdoor spaces and activities. Depending on where you live in the Valley, you can be hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or swimming in 15 minutes or less. No wonder we're known as one of the best cities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Secondly, Boise is incredibly family-friendly. Restaurants, events, and attractions all cater to making sure everyone feels welcome. There are even specific spaces and activities created just for children. Our favorite kid-focused outings include checking out local parks, splash pads, and sledding hills.

One of the greatest ways to show your love for Boise is by supporting our local businesses. We are proud of our locally-owned shops, restaurants, weekly farmer's markets, and delicious produce from nearby farms and ranches. Keeping our dollars in the Idaho economy is so important to us residents.

What Makes Boise SO Nice?

Thanks to our unique ecosystem, elevation, and location nestled in a valley, Boise has great weather throughout the year. Compared to other parts of Idaho, which can get FEET of snow, Boise is known for its moderate winters. It should be noted that our winters are known to have a lingering inversion, but it’s easy to escape with a trip up to Bogus Basin! And what about summers? Perfect! With months of excellent warm and sunny weather, summers in Boise are ideal for activities like floating down the Boise River or paddling at Lucky Peak Reservoir.

Additionally, Boise has some of the lowest cost of living prices in the United States and low crime rates for its population size. There's also no shortage of events and entertainment, with Treefort Music Fest and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival being two of our favorites. And let's not forget about our hidden gem food scene, featuring some incredible local breweries, wineries, and distilleries to enjoy during happy hour.

Finally, getting around Boise is a breeze thanks to its bike-friendly streets and continually improving public transportation system. If you're a sports fan, you're in luck – Boise is home to the BSU Broncos football team, Hawks baseball, and Idaho Steelheads hockey, among other local teams.

Never Miss What’s Going On In Boise!

Boise is a city that takes pride in being friendly and welcoming to everyone, whether you're a long-time resident or a first-time visitor. From our stunning natural surroundings to our bustling food and entertainment scene, there's something for everyone in Boise.

Following a few simple tips and immersing yourself in our city's customs and practices, you can experience the true spirit of kindness that makes Boise one of the friendliest cities. So come visit us, explore everything Boise offers, and see why we're so proud to call this place home.

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