Our students and families stroll through Boise’s downtown, support local businesses and non-profits, and take advantage of the beauty of our foothills, river, and endless trails. Our town is known for its friendly residents, safe and affordable housing, and many outdoor recreational opportunities. We are passionate about our school and the town and state in which we live.
Idaho’s capital city is situated along the Boise River at the base of the Boise foothills. The “City of Trees” is home to corporations like Hewlett-Packard, Micron Technology, Albertsons, URS Corporation, and the Simplot Corporation. The College of Idaho and Boise State University are two local institutions of higher learning.
A Safe Place to Live, Learn, and Explore
Boise’s downtown area is filled with shops, restaurants, and art galleries, and is a thriving mini-metropolis. The Idaho Historical Museum and the Basque Block showcase some of Idaho’s historical roots, while the Boise Art Museum brings bits of other cultures closer to home. Throughout downtown, you can see turn-of-the-century buildings that have been renovated to accommodate new businesses. Next to modern structures, these older buildings add historic charm and character to the city.
Running through downtown, the Boise River Greenbelt is a 30-mile linear park that serves as alternative transportation along the Boise River. The Greenbelt is ideal for bicyclists, in-line skaters, runners, dog-walkers, and recreationalists, and connects many Boise parks and neighborhoods. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation area is only 16.5 miles from downtown and offers alpine and nordic skiing in the winter and cycling and hiking in the summer.
In summer, Boise hosts annual events such as Alive After Five (live music), the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Capital City Public Market, and the Western Idaho Fair. Attractions such as the World Center for Birds of Prey, The Idaho Botanical Gardens, Old Penitentiary, and Zoo Boise are also recommended stops on a visit to Boise.
Popular recreation destinations within a two-hour driving distance include Sun Valley, McCall, Tamarack, Hells Canyon, Craters of the Moon National Park, City of Rocks, and Bruneau Hot Springs.
Big Cities are a Hop, Skip, and Short Plane Ride Away
Major metropolitan cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles are easily accessible via Boise Airport. Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming are approximately six to seven hours by car from Boise.
Riverstone International School is a member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and supports many local non-profits and organizations through our students’ individual, class, and school-wide volunteer efforts. We believe that being involved in our community makes us better people and a better school.