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Take Yourself on a Self-Guided Bike Tour of Boise, Idaho

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If we can travel on two wheels instead of two feet, trust me when I say that we will. Cycling around a new city (or any city) is the absolute best way to experience a place. So that’s what we did when we arrived in Boise. Want to do the same? By all means, do! Here’s where we recommend you ride on a self-guided bike tour of Boise, Idaho.

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George’s Cycles in Boise rents all manner of two-wheeled transportation
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Waffle Me Up offers a vegan gluten-free Belgian waffle and several toppings

First, grab some brekky at Waffle Me Up, which has vegan gluten-free waffles made true Belgian-style. bikes from George’s Cycles. They have two locations in Boise, but the 3rd Street location is probably your best bet if you want to explore downtown Boise and the city center. We rented a pair of e-bikes ($55 for a day), but that’s just because they’re fun; Boise is relatively flat and regular ol’ city bikes ($30 for a day) will do nicely, too. After you snap a few helmet selfies, ride on!

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Julie Davis Park in Boise is a lovely place for a walk, picnic, or bike ride

Julie Davis Park

This park is lovely. It is home to the Boise Zoo (if you’re into that sort of thing), a rose garden, ponds, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Black History Museum (complete with Abe Lincoln sculpture), and Idaho State Museum. We didn’t go to the latter three as it was such a nice day to be outside, but if you like museums, hit ’em up!

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The Boise River Greenbelt

Boise River Greenbelt

Next, ride up the Boise River Greenbelt on your self-guided bike tour of Boise. It offers nice views of the river from either bank and headed any direction. But head southeast to the Old Idaho Penitentiary Site. Have a look around and take a tour if you fancy. They’re only TK per person.

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The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is an uplifting spot to rest

Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

Adjacent to Julie Davis Park is this touching memorial that commemorates Anne Frank and promotes all human rights and dignity. Read the stones, sit and muse, or just take a brief walk through the outdoor memorial.

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The colorful streets of Boise, Idaho

8th Street and Main Street

Feel free to zigzag streets all over downtown, but 8th and Main are where a lot of the local action is. Browse a bookstore (we like Rediscovered Books) or grab a bite to eat at one of the joints below.

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Vegan cauliflower tacos at Funky Taco in Boise

Funky Taco

There isn’t a lot of vegan food in Boise, but Funky Taco is one place that offers *quality* options. They had two vegan varieties when we stopped for lunch (and one more for dinner) and they did not disappoint. Think less Tex-Mex, more hip foodie hotspot.

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Delight vegan donuts and coffee from Guru Donuts in Boise

Guru Donuts

Do I really need to say anything about donuts? I will, though. Guru isn’t an all-vegan shop (there’s not a single one of those in Boise), but they have several vegan flavors every day and they do not disappoint. There’s coffee, too, naturally, and a big donut guru painted on the wall. Again, naturally.

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The Idaho State Capitol Building

Idaho State Capitol Building

The next stop on your bike tour of Boise should be a ride past the state capitol building. Pop inside if you’re into politics or history or what have you, or snap a pic of the capitol building and pedal on your way.

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Boise Fry Company

When in Idaho…eat potatoes? Do, though. Because at Boise Fry Company you can get a giant bowl in more varieties, styles and flavors that you will know what to do with. Just ask an employee what she recommends and go with that.

Outdoor Exchange

Forget a couple outdoorsy items? In the market for a new tent, jacket or ski boots? Get ’em used at Outdoor Exchange. Impulse shoppers and outdoor clothing junkies beware: you’re gonna wanna drop some cash once you step inside.

Hyde Park

Ride up N 13th Street for a look at Hyde Park. It’s a hip shopping and dining area just a few blocks long, but it’s got character galore. And funky shops, which are fun.

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The view from the top of Camel’s Back Park in Boise

Camel’s Back Park

You’ll know Camel’s Back Park when you see it. Ditch your bike at the playground and walk up to the ridge. It’s a steep one! But once you’re up there you get 360-degree views of the city and there are a handful of paths to take if you want to hoof it for a few minutes.

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One slightly out-of-focus selfie. But don’t we look cute?

Finally, head back to George’s Cycles before it gets dark to return those bikes and reward yourself with vegan BBQ from BBQ4LIFE. Need help with directions? We made it easy and included a general map of our self-guided bike tour of Boise route below! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below and check out where else we stopped on our epic month-long road trip (including other bike tours) here! Wander on!