Ok, it's time to wrap up this saga! The last two weeks we discussed reasons why we love Boise. I'm not sure we'll have everything covered, even after Part III, but we covered a lot of the many great aspects about Boise!
There can be a lot to love and hate about any city in relation to weather and, in Boise, I think we tend to have great weather! With a plethora of sunshine each year, most residents don't even check the forecast when planning camping trips. You can almost always plan on it being sunny and warm - or even hot! Summers can get quite hot and their are plenty of places to cool down between the Boise River, various ponds, and reservoirs. Spring and fall are also very enjoyable seasons in Boise. Top that off with a mild winter and you have a city with great weather!
Boise has good infrastructure in place for commuting by bike and is continuing to add more bike lanes every year. The community also has an avid mountain and road biking community. Boise boasts over 180 miles of trails for mountain bikers! Every year around 20,000 spectators line the street of downtown Boise for the annual Twilight Criterium - it's quite the site!
Boise's location in the eastern part of the Pacific Northwest give us great access to the west and keeps us within driving distance to many great destinations to the east. Salt Lake City, UT and Portland, OR are each about a 6-hour drive from Boise. A couple additional hours gets you to Seattle, WA. Our wonderful interstate access brings us great entertainment options including great live music acts.
Boise is part of the third-largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest and boasts the lowest crime rate by far. It's a wonderful city in which to raise a family and frequently sits on top of many "top 10" lists regarding safety, raising a family, and communities in which to retire. It's great peace of mind!
We're moving on from our reasons we love Boise and know we haven't covered them all. It's a great community for a wide variety of people to love. In Boise, there is no shortage of things to do, it is very affordable, and it feels like home!