CityLove: Tour Boise by Instagram

03/13/2014 11:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Written by Grant Stevens


One thing I love about Boise, you can see this, in about an hour. Did I sell you? -- @dansventure, Dan

Instagram remains one of our favorite ways to explore a city when we can't visit it in person. For this Boise post in our CityLove series, we're highlighting some exceptional Boise Instagrammers as well as some of the places readers recommended.

Also be sure to check out our other posts about Boise (an overview of the city and our interview with Kris Wilson). Enjoy!


#Repost from @celwyss enjoying her favorite restaurant The Fork in beautiful #downtownBoise Absolutely gorgeous photos!! Thank for hashtagging #thisisboise!!! -- @thisisboise, This Is Boise

We mentioned Downtown Boise in our first post, and the locals certainly show it love on Instagram. The Fork restaurant is located in one of Boise's oldest downtown landmarks, and has a "Loyal to Local" pledge, meaning that they have committed to sourcing many of their key ingredients from local Boise and Northwest farmers, ranchers, bakers, distillers, brewers, producers, and cheese makers.


Downtown Boise is a cool place! #vsocam #northwestisbest -- @nanobuck, Nathaniel Buck

Another scene from downtown Boise and a sentiment we certainly agree with -- Boise is a cool place!


Post 2/5 of my #5ShotChallenge. The beautiful Boise Depot at dusk. I even got a flock of geese to pose for me. -- @aboutbrad, Brad Williams

The Boise Union Pacific Depot was built in 1925 by the Union Pacific Railroad. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was last used for passenger rail in 1997, and is now operated by the City of Boise for tours and special events.


The Idaho State Capitol looks awesome tonight! #boise #idaho #thisisboise #7fal -- @chriscarpenterrealestate, Chris Carpenter

We could do a whole blog post devoted to beautiful photos of the Idaho State Capitol. Completed in 1920 for $2.1 million, the building is 208 feet tall and contains over 50,000 square feet of artistically carved marble. The Idaho Capitol is the only one in the United States heated by geothermal water; the hot water is tapped and pumped from a source 3,000 feet underground.


Do it for your city. #boise -- @fudojahic, Fudo Jahic

Photos looking out over Downtown Boise were some of the most popular. We particularly loved the small "Drugs" ghost sign in the middle of this picture.


Day 275. #365Project #365daysinboise #boise #Idaho #downtwon #city #208 #thisisboise #idanha #building -- @heatherlydee, Heather Rohnert

We're back on the ground with this photo of the Idanha Hotel. Built in 1902 and five stories high, the Idanha was originally the tallest building in Idaho and held the state's very first elevator. In the early 1900s, the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Benjamin Harrison all passed through its doors. Rumored to be haunted, the Idanha is now apartments.


A neat perspective of @tourdefat's parade this morning from @nickbender! ... Go #TourDeFatBoise! Now #thisisboise! -- @thisisboise, This Is Boise

This photo combines two things we know Boise loves: bikes and beer!

Next up for our CityLove blog series: Little Rock, Arkansas. Do you have suggestions of projects, people, or general awesomeness we should profile? Send 'em to Grant Stevens, gstevens [at] savingplaces [dot] org. Thanks!