Destination guide

City living and outdoor adventure in Boise

Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, the Idaho State capital perfectly marries the best of urban and outdoor life. If you love outdoor activities like rafting, hiking, or mountain biking, you’ll love this city. Downtown has an increasingly hip vibe, with indie restaurants, trendy coffee shops, and a buzzing craft beer scene. It’s easy to feel relaxed in this city full of green spaces and from your Boise vacation rental you’ll discover there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

Things to do

Downtown attractions in Boise

Downtown Boise enjoys a lively restaurant and bar scene with plenty of shopping opportunities – look out for the potato pun t-shirts honoring the importance of the root vegetable to the city. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, Zoo Boise and the Idaho Aquarium are fun days out. If you’re staying at your Boise Vacation Rental kid-free, there’s plenty to explore, too – head to one of the local wineries or the city’s many craft brewers or explore the Basque Block, a museum dedicated to the city’s Basque heritage. Every March, Boise plays host to the indie-rock fest the Treefort Music Fest, attracting international artists.


An outdoor vacation paradise

If you’re planning to stay at a Boise vacation rental, most likely you’ve been drawn by the fantastic outdoor amenities the city has on its doorstep. Over 190 miles of trails crisscross the Boise Foothills – offering wonderful opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, and, in the winter season, skiing over powder-white snow. Or, if you prefer to take it easy, in the summer months you can rent a tube at the city’s Barber Park and float lazily downtown on the sparkling Boise River – a fun and relaxing way to soak up some rays.


Enjoy Boise’s year-round charms

The summer months are warm and dry, making it the ideal time to enjoy all the outdoor sports on offer. The annual Boise Shakespeare Festival runs through the summer months, and if you’re vacationing in Boise during this time, try to catch a performance in the glorious outdoor amphitheater. In the winter months, temperatures drop sharply – making November through March perfect skiing weather. Just outside the city, a 40-minute drive away, the Bogus Basin ski resort offers family-friendly winter sports for all levels and ages.

Natural features

The perfect gateway to the wilderness

Framed by the snowcapped mountains of the Boise Foothills, the city is not short of beautiful scenery. The Boise River snakes through town flanked by green spaces – perfect for fishing and birdwatching. The Boise River Greenbelt public park follows the river downtown and is a great place to head to if you want to walk, rollerblade, or cycle. A Boise vacation rental wouldn’t be complete without heading out to the wilderness, and you’ll be awed by the uplifting natural grandeur of tree-covered mountainsides and snowcapped peaks. Trails to explore include Craters of the Moon National Monument, the Salmon River, Lower Hulls Gulch, Boise National Forest, Smoky Mountains, and the Danskin Mountains trails.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Boise

Fly into Boise, ID (BOI), the closest airport, located 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Boise, ID?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 405 vacation rentals around Boise. From 254 house rentals to 57 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a city-center property in Boise?

One word (or perhaps three) — location, location, location! There's nothing as exciting as spending your nights among all the main streets. Vrbo has 75 centrally located vacation rentals available. Looking for a different atmosphere? See if any of our other properties tick your boxes. Our options here include:

  • 68 mountain-view vacation rentals.
  • 38 town vacation rentals.
  • 23 ski-in vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Boise?

Instead of getting a cookie-cutter, chain hotel room this vacation, you could just go for a whole house. You'll feel like you're part of the neighborhood before you know it! There are 277 options currently listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $40 per night. Or maybe you'd rather try one of the area's other sought-after property options, like:

  • Hotel: 53 vacation homes. Prices start from $59 per night.
  • Condo: 34 vacation homes. Prices start from $69 per night.
  • Apartment: 30 vacation homes. Prices start from $50 per night.

Can I stay in Boise in a large group?

There's nothing better than being reunited with your old friends or spending a week or so with your loved ones in a fantastic new location. And the best thing is Vrbo has options big enough for the whole crew. 70 house vacation homes are ready to be booked. Currently, they're the leading option here for big groups. Around the area, the rental properties that can house large groups include:

  • Are you looking for vacation homes that can sleep 6 people? We have 109 that will fit the bill. Prices start from $77 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your family, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 77 vacation homes that are suitable. You can book one for as little as $79 a night.
  • Hunting down places for rent suitable for 5 guests? You'll be glad to know we have 36 that'll be ideal. You can grab one for as little as $49 per night.

You and all your mates will be well looked after when you book your Boise escape through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Boise?

Cut down on those hefty accommodation costs with a little help from Vrbo. You'll discover plenty of great rentals and save heaps! West Bench is a terrific area to investigate if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 20 rentals, and the average price is a very affordable $106 per night. There are another 24 Vrbo rentals awaiting you in or around Depot Bench. The average price here is $108 a night.