Boise is Idaho’s capital city destination offering food, culture, shopping, and outdoor recreational activities all year long. Its 12 inches of annual perception is less than the U.S. state average of 26 inches, producing more sunny hours for city festival seekers and nature lovers. Here are some seasonal activity tips to help you plan when to visit this city situated along the foot of mountains.

March to May

Want sunshine, but not all of its heat? Try visiting Boise from March to May, when the daily temperatures range from 55 to 72 degrees. Catch winter’s farewell and a blooming spring in the Boise National Forest. These months are also known to mark the launch of many festivals, like the annual Treefort Music Festival. This diverse celebration incorporates music performances, venues, and activities for all ages over the span of four days at the end of March.

Feeling thirsty? Boise is home to several breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Travel around to get a taste of local hand-crafted beers, wines, and spirits. Book a hotel nearby to make your walk to the festival or any of the local jaunts easier without having to travel far.

June to August 

Things begin to heat up in Boise during June to August with temperatures averaging in the 80s and 90s, which is a great time to cool off in Boise’s nearby lakes and shaded parks. Take the scenic route down the Boise River Greenbelt to Lucky Peak State Park for your family picnic or swim at nearby Sandy Point beach. At Sandy Point, you can rent a boat and cruise down the Boise River.

Or, you might decide to stay in the city and experience the Great Garden Escape at Boise’s Botanical Gardens; a concert series every Thursday evening with food and entertainment for the whole family. End the summer up in the air with the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. A chance to take a ride or witness colorful and decorative hot air balloons soaring over Boise’s skies.

September to November

Get more for your buck while feeling the crisp air changes from summer to fall in Boise. Tourist prices and accommodation usually drop during this time of year with temperature highs of 70 degrees during September, to 48 degrees in November. The autumn flare creates another great opportunity to hike and explore Boise’s outdoors. Get artsy, shop, and enjoy Art in the Park, hosted by Boise’s Art Museum in early September.

December to February 

Boise’s winter temperatures range between the 20s and 40s with little snow on the city’s ground.  Many vacationers head up to the Bogus Basin slopes during this time of year. But there’s still a lot to do in the city if you want to stay inside. Go downtown and check out the Old Idaho Penitentiary or explore the city’s historic roots of Basque culture at the Basque Museum.

Boise’s steady four-season climate, cultured city, and outdoor playground is a destination location for all.