The Boise Idaho Temple was the second temple in Idaho, and was so immediately busy when it it opened that an expansion was done just two and a half years later. Recently the temple was closed for renovation again. This time the temple got a full renovation, including updates to the grounds, interior and exterior. After 16 months, the temple was rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson on November 18, 2012. Some of the changes include a new, lighter exterior, a new golden Angel Moroni, water features, and additional woodwork in the interior. A beautiful stained glass window was moved and now decorates the baptistry.
Boise comes from the French term for "wooded", and the name fits, at least for the areas around the Boise River, which are much more green than the surrounding area. Boise is the largest city in Idaho, but with a population of just over 200,000 people, barely makes the top 100 cities in the country. That's not to say there aren't lots of fun things to do. The natural areas are beautiful, including the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center and Julia Davis Park. Or you can see some of the most amazing birds in the world at the World Center for Birds of Prey. For some more historical options, take a look at the beautiful Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial or the incredibly interesting Old Idaho Penitentiary.
Once you've worked up a big appetite at the penitentiary, try out some of Boise's best local restaurants. Fill up on some of the best pizza for miles around at Casanova Pizzeria and the Flying Pie Pizzeria. Or go South American instead at Tango's Subs and Empanadas. Cafe Vicino is great for an elegant night out on the town. And don't miss dessert at the Fanci Freez. With all this and more, Boise might turn out to be a surprise addition to your list of favorite places to visit.