The "City of Trees" has all the culture and diversity of a growing metropolis, but is still small enough for clean streets, a low crime rate, and a friendly, neighborly feel. Home of the blue-and-orange-uniformed Boise State Broncos, the capital city sprawls alongside the meandering Boise River, where desert meets the foothills of the Rockies. There's a nearby ski area and water-sports reservoir, a local winery, summer farmers’ market, Freak Alley (named for its graffiti art), and the lively, walkable BoDo (Boise Downtown). Temperate, sunny weather means that you might be able to golf and ski all in the same day.

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