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Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Boise is a university city and capital of the sprawling state of Idaho. Run through by the Boise river and known as ‘the city of trees’, Boise has a bustling downtown area with a variety of bars and restaurants. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car such as Nampa,Caldwell,Twin Falls and Ontario.
If you’re arriving via Magic Valley Regional Airport then it’s a 141-mile drive by rental car into Boise. En route you could take a detour to visit Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, a vast canyon that’s home to owls, falcons, owls, eagles and hawks.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Budget, Alamo and Dollar. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
Considered by many to be one of the best places to live in the US, Boise is renowned for its friendly, happy, laidback citizens. The city boasts green, scenic surroundings and a variety of parks to explore. Key attractions include Old Idaho State Penitentiary, a historic prison that’s open for tours, Julia Davis Park on the riverfront, and the World Center for Birds of Prey. Attractive outdoors areas include Lucky Peak Reservoir and Table Rock mountain, a peak situated southeast of the downtown area and known for its illuminated cross at the summit.
Payette National Forest, a 2.3 million-acre park, is a 106-mile drive from Boise by rental car. The forest includes a variety of natural attractions including alpine lakes, two of the deepest canyons in North America, and far-reaching trails that will take you deep into one of Idaho’s most stunning wildernesses.
The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an eerily beautiful landscape a 178-mile drive’s distance. Situated in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho, it’s a vast area of lava rock that creates a lunar-like landscape. There are three lava fields in total, all lying along a massive crack in the ground known as the Great Rift of Idaho. A visit to this national monument makes for a truly unique and unearthly day out.
Run through by mountains, valleys, forests and rivers, Idaho is scenic to explore by hire car. Take extra care driving in winter conditions, as snowfall can be thick. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Idaho ones before your visit.
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