March 7, 2014

CityLove: Tour Boise by Instagram

  • By: Grant Stevens

Boise Instagram. Credit: dansventure
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 the third Boise post in our CityLove series, we’re highlighting some of the exceptional Boise Instagrammers we discovered as well as some of the places readers mentioned we missed in the first blog post.

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

Boise Instagram. Credit: thisisboise
#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.

Boise Instagram. Credit: Nanobuck_
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!

Boise Instagram. Credit: aboutbrad_
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.

Boise Instagram. Credit: chriscarpenterrealestate_
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.

Boise Instagram. Credit: fudojahic
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.

Boise Instagram. Credit: heatherlydee
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.

Boise Instagram. Credit: thisisboise
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!

Grant is the manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World—Conrad, Iowa! Now a resident of beautiful Baltimore, you can most often find him reading, running, or out on the road saving places.


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