Relocation Guide

The Boise area is a great place to live, work and visit! Whether it’s the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life that can’t be easily beat. Good jobs, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to, well, Boise!

Whether relocating for a job or following family or maybe just looking for a change, when you are considering Idaho, it really is about the location. Each area of Boise Metro is very distinctive, and provides a variety of options to choose the lifestyle you want.

Getting here

Idaho by Plane

The Boise Airport

The Boise airport is how an airport should be.

Smaller in size, no trams, easy to park and easy to navigate.

It’s just a few short minutes from downtown Boise and about 15-20 minutes from the Meridian area.


Idaho by Road

Highway I-84It is the main highway coming from the east (Utah etc) and the west (Oregon).

The drive is relatively easy 6.5 – 7 hour drive from Portland. You’ll be on I-84 the whole drive with the exceptions of making stops along the way.

If you’re coming in from Utah, it’s about a 4-5 hour drive and you’ll be on I-84 a majority of the time.

While you’re here

Visitors will enjoy all the city and area have to offer from numerous cultural events including philharmonic orchestra, opera, ballet and theater companies to the Boise summer Shakespeare festival that features outdoor performances along the Boise River. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival and Art in the Park continue to be favorites among both Boise locals and visitors and there are plenty of museums and attractions to educate and entertain all ages.

Culture and entertainment mix nicely with the area’s abundant outdoor recreation. Summer brings plenty of sunshine, perfect for a bike ride or a walk along Boise’s 25-mile greenbelt or a round of golf at one of the area’s 12 beautiful courses.  If you’re looking for a little more more adventure, try mountain biking in Boise’s foothills around Bogus Basin, floating the Boise River on an inflatable raft or tube, or whitewater rafting on the Payette River, just 45 minutes north of the city.  Boise has plenty to do and plenty more activity and places to see all with in a few hours.  We put together a list of day trips and it keeps growing!

In the winter, enjoy Nordic skiing at Bogus Basin or spend the day skiing or snowboarding the resort’s groomed downhill trails. Boise’s indoor ice-skating rink is open year-round. Sports fans can enjoy Boise’s professional athletic teams, including the Idaho Steelheads ECHL hockey and Boise Hawks baseball.

Our rare blend of urban amenities and outdoor recreation opportunities offers something for everyone.

Relocating to Boise?

The Boise area is a great place to live, work and visit! Whether it’s the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Good jobs, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to a great place to live.

Get in touch with us and let us know when you’re coming.  We’ll let you know what’s going on and what exciting events may be happening.

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