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Dreaming of Cabo? Stay home. Travel + Leisure names Boise a top travel spot of 2018

Travel + Leisure failed to mention how to pronounce our city’s name, so let’s educate the onslaught of jet-setters: It’s Boy-see, kids, not Boy-zee.
Travel + Leisure failed to mention how to pronounce our city’s name, so let’s educate the onslaught of jet-setters: It’s Boy-see, kids, not Boy-zee. Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

Twelve uncool things didn’t stop it. A proliferation of hipsters won’t stop it.

Nothing can slow the outpouring of universal love for Idaho’s capital city, which flows like the Boise River itself.

This week brings yet another testament to our awesomeness. Travel + Leisure named Boise one of “The Best Places to Travel in 2018.”

The venerable travel magazine and website might be based in New York City, but it’s not too urban or worldly for Idaho. Among exotic vacation destinations such as Los Cabos, Mexico, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Boise was recommended to Travel + Leisure’s globe-trotting readers: “Whether you’re after heart-stopping adventure, a close-up look at history, or the perfect meal, these are the 50 best destinations to discover in 2018.”

Why little ol’ Boise? For one thing, getting to Idaho has become less challenging. “American Airlines has launched new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare,” the article points out, “while Southwest now runs a nonstop from San Diego.”

Staying in Downtown Boise is more alluring than ever, too. The new Inn at 500 Capitol is highlighted in the story, as are renovations to Hotel 43 and The Grove Hotel.

But Boise’s growing food-and-drink scene seems to be the major draw. Standouts mentioned include Richard’s, Coiled Wines and newcomer White Dog Brewing Co. (Not only is Boise a dog town, everyone loves the brewery’s frost rail!)

Boise isn’t the only American city featured among the 50 best places. Some Idahoans might be surprised to see a “normal” spot like Greenville, South Carolina, on the list. (Having just returned from Georgia last month, I can tell you that Southern temperatures are sounding mighty fine at the moment.)

Whatever the case, you rule, Boise. And now you can save money with a staycation.

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White Dog Brewing Co. co-owner Troy Moore pours a pint and shows off the Boise brewery's cool, 24-foot frost rail.

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