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Where to Take Your Out-Of-Town Friends in Boise

Last updated August 23, 2023 by Totally Boise

We obviously love Boise, and based on how many visitors we’ve been getting, it’s clear that our family and friends do too. The Boise Airport was the busiest it has ever been in 2022 with total passenger traffic coming in at nearly 4.5 million, up nine percent over the previous record set in 2019. 

Despite our love for our city, isn’t it always so hard to come up with activities to do, restaurants to visit, and things to see when we have visitors? Yeah, we feel that struggle too!

But not to worry, Totally Boise to the rescue! We asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite places to go and things to do when they have out-of-town visitors. We’ve compiled the answers and have added a few of our own to provide you with a long list of ideas to entertain your guests. Check them out!

Where to Eat:

For a guaranteed amazing meal, check out all of the restaurants on our Ultimate Restaurant Tour. They have already been voted as some of Boise’s favorites!

Ultimate Restaurant Tour

More suggestions:

  • Fork - Downtown Boise
  • Owyhee Tavern - Downtown Boise
  • Western Proper - Downtown Boise
  • The Warehouse - Downtown Boise
  • Goldy's Breakfast Bistro - Downtown Boise
  • The Wylder - Downtown Boise
  • Luciano's Italian Restaurant - Bosie
  • Barbacoa - Boise
  • Lemon Tree Co. - Boise (3 locations)
  • Green Acres Food Truck Park - Boise
  • Westside Drive-In - Boise
  • Boise Fry Co. - Boise & Meridian
  • Land Ocean - Meridian
  • Louie’s Pizza - Meridian
  • Coynes - Eagle
  • Bardenay - Boise & Eagle
  • Crave - Eagle
  • Wepa Cafe - Garden City

Where to Drink:


  • Barbarian Brewing - Downtown Boise & Garden City
  • Mother Earth - Downtown Boise
  • Meriwether Cider - Downtown Boise
  • 10 Barrel - Downtown Boise
  • Lost Grove - Boise
  • Sockeye Brewing - Boise (2 locations)
  • Payette Brewing Co. - Boise
  • Twisted District - Garden City
  • Western Collective - Garden City
  • Loose Screw Brewing - Meridian


  • Telaya Wine Co. - Garden City
  • Rolling Hills Vineyard - Garden City
  • Sawtooth Winery
  • Indian Creek Winery
  • Potter Wines - Garden City


  • Thick as Thieves - Downtown Boise
  • Voodoo Cellar - Downtown Boise
  • Press & Pony - Downtown Boise
  • Humpin' Hannah's - Downtown Boise
  • Prost! - Downtown Boise
  • Gatsby - Downtown Boise
  • The Roosevelt - Meridian

Outdoor Activities

Indoor Activities

Seasonal Activities

Check out our seasonal guides to Boise for endless activity inspiration year-round!

Guide to Winter

Guide to Spring

Guide to Summer

Guide to Fall

Consider Totally Boise your one-stop-shop for all things Boise and beyond! For more Totally Boise recommended businesses, activities, and locations, check out our business directory!

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