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 September 2019

The 25th ISQFD & Training

Boise, Idaho USA
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Things To Enjoy in Boise

Here, we have summarized some of the things that ISQFD attendees can enjoy in and around Boise, Idaho.The information is intended for your convenience; it is not an endorsement.

MAP of Boise Downtown Attractions (PDF)

The attractions are categorized by the distance from the ISQFD venue:

The right column lists the links to restaurants, shops, theaters, rental cars, bicycles and outdoor sports providers. Local events that take place during the ISQFD, such as the Art In The Park (open-air festival, free) and Boise State University football games, are also listed on the right column.

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Within Walking Distance:

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Boise River Greenbelt Trail:

(boise river path)Boise River Greenbelt is an excellent place for walking, jogging, bicycling, or just relaxing. The tree-lined pathway follows the Boise River that runs through the heart of the city, providing scenic views and pedestrian access to many of the city's popular riverside parks.

You can access to this 24 miles (40 km) long trail from virtually any point along the Boise River. From the ISQFD venue, it is only a few minutes walk. Greenbelt Map (PDF).

Parks along Boise River Greenbelt:

  • (boise greenbelt path)Julia Davis Park: 4 min. walk from the hotel. One of Boise's best parks, complete with rose garden, paddle boats, playground equipments, jogging/walking/biking path, picnic area.

  • Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial: 6 min. walk from the hotel. Located at the south end of 8th Street. A quiet park space of reflection and beauty, consists of two reflecting ponds, three waterfalls, a reading circle, a bronze sculpture.

  • Ann Morrison Park: 20 min. walk from the hotel. Boise's largest public park and the take-out for a Boise river float. Large shaded playgrounds, free disc golf course.

Museums, Cultural Interests, Zoo:

Short Drive from Downtown

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The sights in this section are short drive away from Downtown Boise. Use a city bus (Valley Regional Transit), taxi, Uber / Lyft, or rental bicycles.

  • Idaho Botanical Garden
    2355 Old Penitentiary Rd.
    10 min. drive from the hotel (map), or 20 min. bus ride
    Tel 208-343-8649
    Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Fri 9am–8pm; Sat–Sun 10am–6pm
    Adult $7 (AAA member discount $1)
    (idaho botanical garden)A charming, living "museum" of specialty gardens, including the "Lewis and Clark native plants garden," conservation gardens, rose garden, nature trails, hilltop observation area. There are public bathrooms, picnic area, and a gift shop, but no restaurant or cafe.

    This botanical garden is 15-20 min. by car from downtown. You can also get there on a local bus. Take Valley Regional Transit BUS #17 "Warm Springs" from the "Main & 8th" bus stop (see walking map). Get off at "Old Pen Road at Botanical Gardens" bus stop. Bus fare is only $1.50 per ride, or $2 for Day Pass.

  • Old Idaho Penitentiary
    2445 Old Penitentiary Rd.
    9 min. drive from the hotel (map) or 20 min. bus ride
    Tel 208-334-2844
    Open 7 days/week, Noon – 5 pm | Adult $6
    (Old Idaho Penitentiary) A historic state site, this museum lets you explore Idaho's former territorial jail, including jail grounds, cells, weapons. Old Idaho Penitentiary is located next to the Botanical Garden above. Take a public bus (Valley Transit bus #17 "Warm Springs"), from the "Main & 8th" bus stop (walking map) in downtown. Get off at "Old Pen Road at Botanical Gardens" bus stop. Bus fare $1.50 per ride, or $2 for Day Pass.

  • Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
    2455 Old Penitentiary Rd
    9 min. drive from the hotel (map); or 20 min .bus ride
    Open Wed–Sun 12 Noon – 5pm | Free
    Historical artifacts and photos of early Idaho mining days and exhibits depicting the state's varied and spectacular geographical features. This small museum is also near the bus stop "Old Pen Road at Botanical Gardens". Take Valley Regional Transit Bus #17 "Warm Springs" from "Main & 8th" bus stop in downtown (walking map). After getting off at Botanical Gardens, walk 5 minutes past the Old Penitentiary building. Bus fare $1.50 per ride, or $2 for Day Pass.

  • World Center for Birds of Prey
    5668 W. Flying Hawk Ln., Boise ID
    20 min. drive from the hotel (map)
    World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise208-362-7244 | Adult $10
    Daily tours and live bird presentations of birds of prey. Interactive exhibits and outdoor flight shows. Allow at least 90 minutes to to enjoy a tour of the interpretive center, a live bird demonstration, and a walk on the interpretive trail. Give yourself another 30 minutes for a tour of The Archives of Falconry.

  • Oregon Trail Reserve
    4500 E. Lake Forest Drive, Boise, Idaho
    20 min. drive from the hotel (map)
    See a replica of a 19th century prairie schooner wagon and more at the site of one of the treacherous Oregon Trail river crossings.

Day Trips

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The scenic beauty and history make these sights worthy of making a day trip or longer excursions. Rental cars (right column) are available in downtown and also at Boise Airport.

NOTE: When visiting the sights in this section, make sure to take printed maps and instructions with you, because GPS and cell phone signals might be weak or non-existent in some remote areas.

Scenic Drives, State Parks, National Monuments

Some of Idaho’s "scenic byways" have historic significance, while others provide access to natural attractions and outdoor recreation.

  • Western Heritage Historic Byway
    From Boise, 1 hour to drive to this Byway (40 miles / 64 km).
    To drive this byway is to experience "Wild" Idaho. The Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is home to the largest population of nesting raptors in the world. At the bottom of the Snake River Canyon, you can walk through a field of 100-ton boulders and discover 1000-yr old petrogpyphs in Celebration Park (Idaho's archaeological park ). Other highlights include Dedication Point (an outstanding view of Snake River Canyon and Owyhee Mountains, sights of raptors in flight), Initial Point (a lava butte with an 1867 US Geological Survey marker), Swan Falls Dam.

  • Bruneau Dunes State Park
    27608 Sand Dunes Rd Mountain Home, Idaho 83647
    Tel (208) 366-7919
    Driving Map
    This state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Located 1-hr drive (64 miles) from Boise.
    Nearby areas includes Bruneau Canyon Overlook, Silver City historic mining town, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Owyhee Uplands National Backcountry Byway.

  • Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway
    Allow 3 hours (round trip) to complete the loop from Boise and back.

    Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway can be accessed either by the Ponderosa Pine Byway on Idaho 21 or by the Payette River Scenic Byway on Idaho 55. Either route connects with this 33-mile trip through some of the most powerful canyon scenery offered in Idaho. Wildlife you might see on this route include elk, whitetail deer, chukars, wild turkeys, eagles, ospreys, cougars, bears, and wolves. Fishing and rafting are also enjoyable activities along the route.

  • Payette River Scenic Byway
    Allow 2 hours at the minimum to enjoy the beauty of this back country area, or you can make a 2-day excursion (ovrenight at McCall) to fully enjoy the entire byway.
    Starting west of Boise, the Payette River Scenic Byway heads north on Idaho 55 passing the Payette River and the Boise and Payette National Forests. Other great stops along this drive include Cascade Reservoir, Smiths Ferry, Roseberry, the city of McCall, and Ponderosa State Park. See the Map

  • Thousand Springs Scenic Byway
    This Byway starts 1hr 30 min. south of Boise and provides panoramic scenary of the lower Snake River Canyon. The highlights include:

  • Ponderosa Pines Scenic Byway
    Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway starts in Boise. Take Highway 21 northeast to the junction of Idaho 75 at Stanley. Allow 3 hours (131 miles / 211 km) each way.

    The highlights include Payette River and Lucky Peak, Idaho City (historic mining town), majestic Stanley Basin and Stanley Lake, Boise National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, impressive views of the Sawtooth Mountains.

  • City of Rocks National Reserve
    Malta, Idaho 83342
    3.5 hours from the hotel
    (city of rocks)     
    Over 22 miles of hiking trails, overlooking dramatic rock formations. Visitors are free to climb established routes, or just enjoy "auto-touring" of the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway by using these PDF guides: automobile tour guide  |  Photo Guide.  NOTE: All roads are gravel. A permit is required before placing permanent anchors.

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
    Located 24 miles northeast of Carey, Idaho on Highway 20 / 26 / 93, and 90 miles from Twin Falls,
    2 hours 45 min. from the hotel (map)
    (craters of the moon)  
    Formed from major eruptions 15,000 - 2000 years ago, Craters of the Moon is a vast landscape of strange looking Lava formations. You can take a 7-mile loop scenic drive as well as hiking trails that allow you to explore various volcanic features. The visitors center has informative exhibits and films.

  • Minidoka National Historic Site
    (U.S. National Park Service)
    Jerome county, Idaho 83338
    1 hour 45 from the hotel (map)
    (Minidoka National Historic Site)   
    One of the internment camps during the WW II, Minidoka at its peak imprisoned over 9,000 Japanese Americans. The 1.6-mile trail identifies the historic structures and landscape, describe camp life. NOTE: Due to its remote and isolated location, it is recommended that you take adequate fuel, water and a cell phone with you. Also, bring a hat and sunscreen (there is no shade).

Outdoor Sports and Other Activities

Walking Distance  >  Short Drive   >  Day Trips  >   Guidebooks

  • Whitewater Rafting - Payette River
    (whitewater rafting)
    The Payette River is located about 45 min. drive from Boise via scenic Highway 55. This river is major tributary of the Snake River and a popular place for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Here are a couple of companies that provide tours.

  • Natural Hot Springs

    • The Springs (hot springs resort): Soak in natural hot springs pools under the clear mountain skies just 45 minutes from downtown Boise. (The Springs hot springs resort)Admissions: $17/day for adults, $10/day for kids 12 and under -- include access to the pools, splash deck, steam room, lounge, showers, lockers, pool towel, complimentary shampoo/shower gel, sunscreen, moisturizer, and poolside tea / coffee / mineral water. Private pools, massage, aquatic bodywork are offered at additional costs. This resort has gormet cafe restaurant and live music at night.

    • Miracle Hot Springs & Banbury Hot Springs
    • Located about 1 hour 45 min. from Downtown Boise. (10 Miles Northwest of Buhl or 9 Miles South of Hagerman just off Highway 30; Along the Historic Thousand Springs Scenic Byway)

      (Miracle Hot Springs)Miracle Hot Springs
      19073B U.S. 30, Buhl, ID 83316

      Banbury Hot Springs
      1128 Banbury Rd, Buhl, ID 83316

      These springs have a large public swimming pool and several private and VIP spring pools filled with geothermal natural mineral water that is soft to the touch and ordorless with pH 9.6.
      See Youtube.
      Admission to the general pool is $10/adult. Prices vary for private pools. Bunk room cabins, geothermal dorms, camping facility are also available. Banbury Hot Spring has access to the beautiful Snake River (canue, kayak, paddle board).
      (geo dorm camping facility)
    • more hot springs...

  • Fishing
    The Boise River has healthy populations of rainbow trout, brown trout, and steelhead. (Video) U.S. residents can get a State Fishing Permit online. Or, you can use one of the outfitter services that provide all the necessary equipment and supplies including a guide and permit.

 Downtown Restaurants

 Boise Foods to Try

  • Potato (Try Boise Fry Company)
  • Trout and Steelhead (large, ocean-going rainbow trout native to Idaho and the northwest USA)
  • Huckleberry (these items are sold in Boise gift shops and airport)
  • Basque Food
  • Steak
  • Local Beers, Ice Wine
  • Idaho Spud Candy

Boise Events

  • Downtown Calendar

  • College Football Game at the famous blue turf Albertson's Stadium
    (BSU Broncos)
    Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 7 PM

    Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Free football shuttle services are available from our venue Hampton Inn Downtown Boise, 2-hours before and after the game. Or, you can easily walk to this stadium (20-25 min. walk from the hotel).

    If you are interested in ISQFD group tickets for any of these games, please contact QFD Institute before March 1, 2019.

  • Boise Art in The Park
    September 6–8, 2019
    (Fri–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 10am–5pm) at Julia Davis Park (map: 4 min. walk from our hotel).
    (Boise Art in the Park)
    Annual open-air art fair held in the Julia Davis Park by the Boise Art Museum. More than 200 artists showcase and sell their work. Food, music entertainment, sculpture garden pub, children's programs.

  • Tony® Award winning musical "Million Dollar Quartet"
    September 6–29 @ 7:30 pm
    at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater of Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

    The ticket link is found on this calendar page.
    Location: 5657 E Warm Springs Ave (about 15-20 min drive from our hotel... Take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft)
    See Boise Weekly magazine for more about this production.

Movie Theaters

Edwards Cinemas Downtown Boise (760 Broad Street, Tel 208-338-3821). Across from the venue hotel.

Flicks (646 Fulton Street,
Tel 208-342-4222). Located in the heart of downtown Boise. Features independent, foreign and art films.

Egyptian Theatre (700 Main Street, Tel 208-345-0454) Historical theater in downtown Boise. Features top bands, special movies premiers, and opera.

Street Markets

Capital City Public Market fills Idaho Street and 8th Street with thousands of shoppers every Saturday from9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Over 100 vendors sell fresh produce, artisan crafts, local foods including home-made baked goods, craft beers and coffees, as well as ethnic street foods.

The Boise Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. It is located in downtown at 10th and Grove, and sells locally grown produce, meats, specialty foods, and other delicious choices.

Boise Downtown Biking
Mountain Biking

Downtown Boise is bike friendly. You can grab a rental bicycle from BoiseGreenBike (bicycle sharing service, photo), as well as other bike rentals in downtown.

Rental Cars

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2618 W Fairview Ave.
Boise, ID 83702 (downtown)
Tel: (208) 336-8777
For free pick-up from the hotel, confirm at least one hour in advance. Also, car sharing program.

Avis Car Rental
2565 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83702 (downtown)
Tel: 208-336-6725

Budget Car Rental Downtown Boise
2565 W Main St.
Boise, ID, 83702
Tel: 208-331-9875

Rental Cars at Boise Airport
Take the hotel's airport shuttle back to the Boise Airport. Car Rental desks are located on the first floor of the airport.


Outfitters are wilderness/outdoor sports guide services that provide equipment, supplies, and logistics for your outdoor activities such as rafting, hunting, canoeing, hiking, climbing, fishing and trail riding.

In Idaho, outfitters must have a state license to operate and also obtain special use permits for you if necessary.

Check out the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association to locate the appropriate guides and outfitters for your outdoor activities.

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