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    How Far Away is Boise from Big Cities, Idaho Towns, and Ski Resorts?

    People traveling to and from Boise are served by excellent roads and air service. Downtown Boise, at the western base of the Boise Foothills, was established in the 1860s to service miners in the Idaho City area to the northeast. Within a few years, it became the capital of Idaho and farming communities grew up west of Boise.

    Things have changed a lot in the last 160 years. Boise’s strong economy is now based on the hi-tech industry, as well as tourism, food processing and government services (as the state capital). Boise is also the regional transportation hub. Here is information on getting to/from Boise by air or by road.

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    Today 7 commercial airlines serve Boise with direct flights to over 20 destinations – from Chicago to Los Angeles and Dallas to Seattle. Here are the different city connections to Boise with their average flight times (for direct flights).

    Connections to the Midwest:

    • Chicago (O’ Hare or Midway), IL, 3½ hours
    • Minneapolis, MN, 2 hours 45 minutes

    Connections to the Southwest:

    • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, 3 hours
    • Houston, TX, 3 ½ hours
    • Phoenix (Sky Harbor or Mesa Gateway), AZ, 2 hours

    Connections to the Mountain States:

    • Denver, CO, 2 hours
    • Las Vegas, NV, 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Reno, NV, 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Salt Lake City, UT, 1 hour 15 minutes

    Connections to California:

    • Los Angeles (LAX), CA, 2 hours 15 minutes
    • Sacramento, CA, 1½ hours
    • San Diego, CA, 2 hours 15 minutes
    • San Francisco Bay Area (flights to Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, CA), 1 hour 45 minutes

    Connections to the Pacific Northwest:

    • Portland, OR, 1½ hours
    • Seattle, WA, 1 hour 45 minutes
    • Spokane, WA, 1 hour

    How far is Boise from everything else? The nearest air connections in California and neighboring states have business and other ties to Boise, so there are also frequent road trips for business or pleasure. Here are some of the driving times and miles for select destinations in these states.

    Air Connections between Boise and neighboring Mountain States:

    • Jackson, WY, 5 hours 45 minutes, 370 miles
    • Las Vegas, NV, 9½ hours, 625 miles
    • Reno, NV, 6½ hours, 425 miles
    • Salt Lake City, UT, 5 hours, 340 miles
    • West Yellowstone, MT, 5 hours 45 minutes, 390 miles

    Connections between Boise and California:

    • Lake Tahoe, CA/NV, 7 hours, 465 miles
    • Los Angeles, CA, 13 hours 15 minutes, 890 miles
    • Sacramento, CA, 8½ hours, 550 miles
    • San Francisco, CA, 10 hours 15 minutes, 640 miles

    Connections from Boise and the Pacific Northwest:

    • Bend, OR, 5 hours 15 minutes, 320 miles
    • Cannon Beach, OR (nearest spot on the Pacific coast to Boise), 8 hours, 510 miles
    • Portland, OR, 6 hours 45 minutes, 430 miles
    • Seattle, WA, 7 hours 45 minutes, 500 miles
    • Spokane, WA, 6 hours 45 minutes, 430 miles
    • Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland), WA, 4½ hours, 290 miles

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    Idaho is blessed with mountains and wilderness in the center of the state, but that makes for some interesting driving sometimes. For instance, to get from Boise to Coeur d’Alene and points farther north, it takes the same amount of time to drive through Oregon and Washington as it does to stay on Idaho roads.

    Connections from Boise to Northern Idaho:

    • Coeur d’Alene, 7 hours, 380 miles
    • Lewiston, 5 hours 15 minutes, 270 miles
    • Moscow, 5 ½ hours, 300 miles
    • Sandpoint, 8 hours, 425 miles

    Connections to Eastern Idaho:

    • Idaho Falls, 4 hours, 280 miles
    • Pocatello, 3 hours 15 minutes, 235 miles
    • Rexburg, 4½ hours, 310 miles
    • Twin Falls, 2 hours, 130 miles

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    Downtown Boise rests at the base of the Boise Foothills, with other communities in the Treasure Valley lying to the west. Mountain Home lies to the southeast and Idaho City is in the Boise Basin northeast of town. Here are the driving times and distances to Treasure Valley cities, from downtown to downtown/city center.

    • Caldwell, 30 minutes, 28 miles
    • Eagle, 20 minutes, 10 miles
    • Emmett, 45 minutes, 30 miles
    • Fruitland, 55 minutes, 55 miles
    • Garden City, 15 minutes, 6 miles
    • Homedale, 45 minutes, 40 miles
    • Idaho City, 55 minutes, 40 miles
    • Kuna, 25 minutes, 20 miles
    • Meridian, 15 minutes, 12 miles
    • Middleton, 35 minutes, 32 miles
    • Mountain Home, 45 minutes, 44 miles
    • Nampa, 25 minutes, 21 miles
    • Ontario (OR), 55 minutes, 57 miles
    • Parma, 45 minutes, 45 miles
    • Star, 30 minutes, 17 miles
    • Weiser, 1 hour 15 minutes, 75 miles

    Major Recreation is Never Far


    There are also outstanding recreational opportunities in every direction, especially in the central and western Idaho mountains north and east of Boise.  Here are some driving times and distances to popular recreation sites in western, central, and southern Idaho (distance from downtown Boise).

    Boating:

    • Lake Cascade (Cascade/Donnelly), 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 miles
    • Lucky Peak State Park (Boise), 30 minutes, 20 miles
    • Payette Lake (McCall), 2 hours 15 minutes, 110 miles

    Hiking/Wilderness Areas:

    • City of Rocks National Reserve, 3 hours 15 minutes, 210 miles
    • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, 3 hours, 170 miles
    • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness, 3 hours 45 minutes, 165 miles
    • Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness, 2½ hours, 105 miles
    • Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Wilderness, 2 hours 45 minutes, 160 miles

    Mountain Resorts – winter skiing/snowboarding, summer mountain biking, etc.:

    • Bogus Basin (Boise), 45 minutes, 18 miles
    • Brundage Mountain (McCall), 2½ hours, 115 miles
    • Magic Mountain Resort (Twin Falls/Hansen), 3 hours, 160 miles
    • Pomerelle Mountain Resort (Albion), 3½ hours, 200 miles
    • Sun Valley Resort (Sun Valley/Ketchum), 2 hours 45 minutes, 155 miles
    • Tamarack Resort (Donnelly), 2 hours 15 minutes, 100 miles

    Whitewater Rafting:

    • Bruneau River (Bruneau), 1½ hours, 65 miles
    • Payette River-North Fork (Cabarton/Cascade), 1½ hours, 70 miles
    • Payette River-South Fork (Garden Valley), 1 hour 10 minutes, 50 miles
    • Salmon River-Lower (Riggins), 3 hours, 155 miles
    • Salmon River-Upper (Stanley), 2 hours 45 minutes, 133 miles
    • Snake River-Hells Canyon (Riggins), 3 hours, 155 miles

    Boise is the place for business or pleasure. Whatever your interests are, and wherever they are, you can do it all from Boise!

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