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 The 22nd International

Symposium on QFD & Training

Boise, Idaho USA • September 7–16, 2016
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This page summarizes some of the things you can enjoy in and around Boise, Idaho, based on the information from Boise Visitors Bureau and Idaho State Tourism office. It is provided here for the convenience of QFD attendees; it is not an endorsement.

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Our venue Hampton Inn is located in the heart of downtown Boise, where you will find a plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, and theaters within short walking distance.

See the right column for the lists of restaurants, specialty markets, theaters, shops, as well as local events including the Art In The Park (open-air festival, free) and Boise State football games (advance ticket recommended) that take place during the QFD events and are within walking distance from the venue.

(boise river path)Boise River Greenbelt Park (24 miles / 40 km path along the river) is an excellent place for walking, jogging, bicycling, or just relaxing. See the downtown area Greenbelt Map (PDF). The access to the path can be found virtually anywhere along the river, which is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Along the Boise River Greenbelt, you will find these parks:

  • (boise greenbelt path)Julia Davis Park: 4 min. walk from the hotel. One of Boise's best parks, complete with paddle boats, playground equipments, jogging/walking/biking path, picnic area.

  • Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial: 6 min. walk from the hotel. Located at the south end of 8th Street. A quiet park space of reflection and beauty, consists of two reflecting ponds, three waterfalls, a reading circle, a bronze sculpture.

  • Ann Morrison Park: 20 min. walk from the hotel. Boise's largest public park and the take-out for a Boise river float. Large shaded playgrounds, free disc golf course.

Museums, State Capitol, Zoo:

Short Drive from Downtown

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The sights in this section are short drive from Downtown Boise. Use a taxi, city bus, or rental car (the right column).

Day Trips & Excursions

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Take printed maps and instructions with you, because GPS and cell phone signals might be weak or non-existent in some remote areas.

Scenic Drives & Train Ride
  • Western Heritage Historic Byway
    From Boise, 1 hour to drive to this Byway (40 miles / 64 km).

    The highlights include Celebration Park (Idaho's only archaeological park with Native American petroglyphs), Dedication Point (an outstanding view of Snake River Canyon and snow-capped Owyhee Mountains, sights of raptors in flight), Initial Point (a lava butte with an 1867 US Geological Survey marker), Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Swan Falls Dam.

  • Lower Payette River Heritage Byway
    Allow 2.1 hours to 2 days to fully enjoy the entire byway. Map

  • Owyhee Canyonlands
    45 minutes from Boise. This is a rugged high desert with 316 miles of wild scenic rivers, 517,000 acres of protected wilderness, 104 mile-long Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway. Trail Guide

  • Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway
    Allow 3 hours to complete the loop from Boise and back. The highlights include Payette River, canyon, roaming wildlife including elk.

  • Ponderosa Pines Scenic Byway
    Allow 3 hours (131 miles / 211 km). Highway 21 from Boise to Stanley.

    The highlights include Payette River and Lucky Peak, Idaho City (historic mining town), majestic Stanley Basin and Stanley Lake, Boise National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, impressive views of the Sawtooth Mountains.

National Monuments, State Parks, Outdoor Activities

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  • Natural Hot Springs

    • The Springs (hot springs resort): Soak in natural hot springs pools under the clear mountain skies just 45 minutes from downtown Boise. (The Springs hot springs resort)Admissions: $16/day for adults, $10/day for kids 12 and under -- include access to the pools, splash deck, steam room, lounge, showers, lockers, pool towel, complimentary shampoo/shower gel, sunscreen, moisturizer, and poolside tea / coffee / mineral water. Private pools, massage, aquatic bodywork are offered at additional costs. This resort has gormet cafe restaurant and live music at night.

    • Miracle Hot Springs & Banbury Hot Springs
    • Located about 1 hour 45 min. from Downtown Boise. (10 Miles Northwest of Buhl or 9 Miles South of Hagerman just off Highway 30; Along the Historic Thousand Springs Scenic Byway)

      (Miracle Hot Springs)Miracle Hot Springs
      19073B U.S. 30, Buhl, ID 83316

      Banbury Hot Springs
      1128 Banbury Rd, Buhl, ID 83316

      These springs have a large public swimming pool and several private and VIP spring pools filled with geothermal natural mineral water that is soft to the touch and ordorless with pH 9.6.
      See Youtube.
      Admission to the general pool is $10/adult. Prices vary for private pools. Bunk room cabins, geothermal dorms, camping facility are also available. Banbury Hot Spring has access to the beautiful Snake River (canue, kayak, paddle board).
      (geo dorm camping facility)
    • more hot springs...

  • Payette River - Whitewater Rafting
    (whitewater rafting)
    The Payette River is located about 45 min. drive from Boise via scenic Highway 55. This river is major tributary of the Snake River and a popular place for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Here are a couple of companies that provide tours.

  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
    221 North State Street, Hagerman, Idaho
    1 hr. 45 min. drive from the hotel (map)
    (hagerman fossil beds)
    Hagerman is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals: including sabertooth cat, mastodon, bear, camel, ground sloth, and many other species. Over 3,000 new fossil fragments are found each year.

  • City of Rocks National Reserve(city of rocks)
    Malta, Idaho 83342
    3.5 hours from the hotel
    Rock climbing, hiking, camping. Also you can use these PDF guides (automobile tour guide  |  Photo Guide) for auto-touring of the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway. Note: All roads are gravel.

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
    Located 24 miles northeast of Carey, Idaho on Highway 20 / 26 / 93, and 90 miles from Twin Falls
    2 hours 45 min. from the hotel (map)
    (craters of the moon)
    Formed from major eruptions 15,000 - 2000 years ago, Craters of the Moon is a vast landscape of strange looking Lava formations. You can take a 7-mile loop scenic drive as well as hiking trails that allow you to explore various volcanic features. The visitors center has informative exhibits and films.

  • Shoshone Falls
    City of Twin Falls, Idaho
    2 hours from the hotel (map)
    (shoshone falls)
    Sometimes called "Niagara of the West," Shoshone Falls is 212 feet (65 m) high over a rim 1,000 feet (300 m) wide — This is 45 feet (14 m) higher than Niagara Falls. The city of Twin Falls operates the park which has an observation area, paved hiking trails, and picnic areas.

  • Minidoka National Historic Site
    (U.S. National Park Service)
    Jerome county, Idaho 83338
    1 hour 45 from the hotel (map)
    (Minidoka National Historic Site)
    One of the internment camps during the WW II, Minidoka at its peak imprisoned over 9,000 Japanese Americans. The 1.6-mile trail identifies the historic structures and landscape, describe camp life. NOTE: Due to its remote and isolated location, adequate fuel, water and a cell phone are recommended. Also, bring a hat and sunscreen (there is no shade).

Basque Block & Basque Market
Only 5 minutes walk from the hotel (map), Basque Block is located on Grove Street between Capitol Blvd and 6th Street, owning to the large number of immigrants from Northern Spain and Southern France dating back to the late 1800s. (Boise Basque Ctr)

In the Basque Block, you can find Basque restaurants and tapas bars, and Basque Museum.

Basque Market (608 W. Grove St. | Tel 208-433-1208) offers Thursday Paella Dinner (6 PM, $14/person + tax/gratuity), Friday Night 3-course Dinner (reservations required, 4:30pm–8pm, $35/person + tax/grat.), and Happy Hour (4-6pm Mon–Fri).

Boise Art in The Park
September 9–11, 2016
at Julia Davis Park

(Fri–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 10am–5pm).
(Boise Art in the Park)This is an annual open-air art fair held in the Julia Davis Park by the Boise Art Museum (map: 4 min. walk from the hotel). More than 200 artists showcase and sell their work. Food, music entertainment, sculpture garden pub, children's programs.

College Football Game
Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 8:15 pm at the famous blue turf Albertson's Stadium (1400 Bronco Lane)
Boise State Broncos vs. Washington State Cougars
(BSU Broncos)
Our venue Hampton Inn Downtown Boise offers football shuttle services two hours before and after the game. Or, you can easily walk to this stadium (20-25 min. walk from the hotel).

To join the local sport fans and enjoy this game, get the foolball ticket in advance.


Flicks (646 Fulton Street,
Tel 208-342-4222). Located in the heart of downtown Boise. Features independent, foreign and art films.

Edwards Cinemas Downtown Boise (760 Broad Street, Tel 208-338-3821). Across from the venue hotel.

Egyptian Theatre (700 Main Street, Tel 208-345-0454) Historical theater in downtown Boise. Features top bands, special movies premiers, and opera.



Rental Cars in Downtown

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2618 W Fairview Ave.
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 336-8777
For free pick-up from the hotel, confirm at least one hour in advance. Also, car sharing program.

Avis Car Rental
2565 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: 208-336-6725

Budget Car Rental Downtown Boise
2565 W Main St.
Boise, ID, 83702
Tel: 208-331-9875

Rental Cars at Boise Airport
Take the hotel's airport shuttle back to the Boise Airport. Car Rental desks are located on the first floor of the airport.


Outfitters are wilderness/outdoor sports guide services that provide equipment, supplies, and logistics for your outdoor activities such as rafting, hunting, canoeing, hiking, climbing, fishing and trail riding.

In Idaho, outfitters must have a state license to operate and also obtain special use permits for you if necessary.

Check out the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association to locate the appropriate guides and outfitters for your outdoor activities.

For more information about Boise, Idaho and surrounding regions, please visit Boise Visitors Bureau and Idaho Tourism Bureau

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