According to Forbes Magazine, the fastest-growing city in the U.S. is Boise, Idaho. The Boise metropolitan area encompasses Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee counties and, since 2010, has increased by 100,000 inhabitants to over 690,000—an astounding jump of 14.5%.

Anyone unfamiliar with Boise—a name derived from the French word boisé, meaning “wooded”—may wonder what is driving this mass influx of people to Idaho’s capital and most populous city. According to a profile on Livability.com, it cannot be attributed to a single reason—instead, it is a “rich collection of amenities” including natural beauty, great neighborhoods, top schools, public safety, rich outdoor opportunities and much more.

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For anyone preparing for a visit or move to the Boise area, TripAdvisor includes these activities atop its “Things To Do” lists:

•  Boise River Greenbelt: The 25-mile, tree-lined pathway meanders along the banks of the Boise River through the heart of the capital city and its suburbs. The lush riparian areas provide scenic views, extraordinary wildlife habitat and breathtaking walking, biking and hiking excursions.

•  Basque Museum and Cultural Center: Idaho is home to one of the largest populations of Basques outside Spain and, in Boise, approximately 10% of the population is of Basque-heritage. The mission of Boise’s Basque Center is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture, both in and beyond Idaho.

•  Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial: This 0.81-acre park is an inspirational and contemplative tribute to Anne Frank’s unwavering faith in humanity. Located adjacent to the Boise River Greenbelt, the Memorial integrates the beauty of natural elements—stone, water and native greenery—with a message of hope.

•  World Center for Birds of Prey: The Center is the headquarters for The Peregrine Fund, an international non-profit known around the world for its conservation and recovery efforts of endangered and rare raptors. It houses breeding facilities for endangered birds, an interactive Interpretive Center, extensive library containing the Archives of Falconry and live demonstrations with falcons, eagles, hawks and owls.

•  Old Idaho Penitentiary: The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872, nearly two decades before Idaho was granted statehood (1890) and housed some of the Wild West’s most desperate criminals. With tours of the thirty historical buildings, special events and educational exhibitions, visitors can relive the Old Pen’s dynamic past of scandals, daring escapes and executions…and decide for themselves if it is, in fact, haunted!

After a busy day of sightseeing and enjoying all Boise has to offer, make a reservation at Chandlers Steakhouse. TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Wine Spectator and innumerable other publications name Chandlers the top restaurant in Boise. Chandlers is the area’s ultimate fine dining establishment, with prime steaks, fresh seafood and nightly live music Boise residents perennially vote as “Best of Treasure Valley.”

About Chandlers

Chandlers is the finest of all downtown Boise restaurants. Located inside Hotel 43, Chandlers brings guests world-class service, ambiance that is second-to-none and, of course, the most delicious steaks and seafood in the state. When asked their favorite steakhouse Boise residents resoundingly name Chandlers.

For additional information, visit Chandlersboise.com