is the most populated city and the capital city of the US state, Idaho
. Set conveniently on the Boise River, Boise serves as the seat of Ada County and remains one of the largest and most populated cities in the United States. While Boise is located on relatively flat land, its outskirts feature magnificent terrains of hills and mountains overlooking the iconic Rocky ranges.
One of the most attractive features in Boise is the iconic Boise River Greenbelt. Featuring an approximately 30-mile extension, the greenbelt is a series of alternate trails marked with trees, natural parks, and scenic roads along the banks of the Boise River. The greenbelt forms a connection between Boise and the nearby municipal regions, and visitors take to biking and strolling along the trails for fun.
The cultural growth and historical development of Boise have been preserved in the famous Boise Art Museum in the form of unique masterpieces and stunning contemporary works of art and craft. Outside the museum, visitors take in the beauty of the surrounding outdoor sculpture garden.
Some of the notable buildings in Boise are featured in the tallest building in the city - Eighth & Main Tower, the iconic US Bank Plaza, the mighty Idaho State Capitol building, and the Albertsons Stadium, among many others.
Boise experiences a climate that can be classified both as a Mediterranean climate of Köppen classification Csa, and a continental dry-summer climate of Köppen classification Dsa. The weather is defined by hot and dry summers with high humidity and moderately cold, snowy winters. Both spring and autumn are short, transitional periods with mild weather free of both extremes.
Rainfall is moderately scarce and is usually experienced in the form of light afternoon showers, frequent during the other seasons but for the summer months. The total precipitation may average 0.5" (12.7mm) in the whole year.
Summer begins in June
and ends in August
, and Boise experiences an upsurge in the daily temperature and humidity. Generally, most days are characterized by highs of 89.6°F (32°C) and lows of 59°F (15°C), 0" (0mm) in precipitation, and up to thirteen hours of sunshine per day. Extended daylight hours reach fourteen, making an ample time to experience the beauty of Boise long into the night.
Winter remains moderately cold with frequent snowfall that accumulates to approximately 20.3cm on the ground. The average snowfall days are seven and a half per winter month. Winter receives light rainfall showers with up to 0.1" (2.5mm) in precipitation across eleven rainfall days per month. Most days are marked with lows of 20.7°F (-6.3°C) and highs of 37.9°F (3.3°C), coupled up with approximately three and a half sunshine hours per day
Boise is a year-round travel destination, but the tourism period peaks in summer, between June and August. This period features warm to hot weather and dry days, making it the best time to tour the city. The lovers of cold weather visit during winter, from November
, to enjoy skiing and other winter activities in the Bogus Basin Ski area.
The most famous event in Boise is the Boise Music Festival that is held in June. The festival attracts the industry's big names as well as local brands in a bid to reward, celebrate, and appreciate the music industry.