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Boise Idaho

Two hours south of McCall, Boise is Idaho’s largest city – and a winning combination of metropolitan living and the great outdoors.

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  • Boise is the capital of Idaho, and the largest city in the state. 
  • The area offers an abundance of outdoor recreation year round. 
  • The drive from Boise to McCall is a scenic 107 miles. 
  • Plenty of restaurants and lodging to suit every taste and budget.


Nestled in the beautiful southeastern valley dubbed “Les Bois” (French for “wooded”) by the pioneers, Boise offers all the amenities of urban living without feeling like a big city. Just a 107 mile drive from McCall, Boise is rich in history. Lewis and Clark passed through the area in 1805, and the city became the state’s capital in 1864. Located at the foothills of the Boise National Forest, the surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor recreation all year round.


Boise is located 90 miles due south of McCall – 107 miles by car.


With a population of over 200,000, Boise has plenty of restaurants, hotels, and cozy B&Bs – there is something for every taste and budget. There are also several shopping malls, as well as countless boutiques and specialty shops.


For the outdoor lover, Boise and the surrounding area offers skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, biking, fishing, camping, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting. The city also has numerous art galleries and museums to explore, and a vibrant nightlife to enjoy during your stay.


Zoo Boise - A popular place for a family outing, Zoo Boise has a vast array of interesting animals from the local area as well as all over the world.

Basque Museum and Cultural Center - Boise has a large Basque population, and the displays and tours at the center provide a fascinating depiction of their rich heritage.

World Center for Birds of Prey - The world headquarters for the Peregrine Fund, the center breeds falcons and condors for release into the wild.

Idaho State Capital - Take a tour of the State Capital building while you’re here.

Getting Here

The scenic drive from Boise to McCall takes a little over two hours, with plenty of beautiful spots along the way to picnic, hike, fish, or camp. To get to McCall, head out on W. Chinden Blvd (US-20). Turn right on N. Glenwood St. (ID-44), then left on W. State St. (ID-44) to Hwy 55. Turn north onto Hwy 55 which will take you to McCall.

Other Boise Idaho Resources

Boise, Idaho

The city of Boise, known as the city of trees, is the state capitol of Idaho.

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise is a resource for residents on businesses and events happening in downtown Boise, Idaho.