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FEB 2017

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February 2017 48 Boise Boise is an active and vibrant community in southwest Idaho. The state capital boasts a walkable downtown, fantastic amenities and plenty of outdoor recre- ational opportunities. Events such as US Soccer Far West Soccer Regional League Tournament, Special Olympics World Winter Games and USA Water Ski Re- gionals are just a few that have recently been held here. Hotel rooms: 5,748 by mid-2017 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facilities: The multipurpose CenturyLink Arena is located in the heart of downtown and is attached to the 250-room The Grove Hotel. Taco Bell Arena sits on the Boise State University campus and is an indoor multipurpose venue. Expo Idaho offers 72,000 square feet of space. Ford Idaho Center houses a 42,500-square-foot arena. Sports Center is a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose facility. Idaho Ice World contains two NHL-size ice rinks. Simplot Sports Com- plex is a 161-acre facility with several Little League fields and soccer fields. Convention center: Boise Centre Convention Center hosts sports such as boxing and Special Olympics. There are five hotels and a combined 700 rooms within walking distance. Contact: Boise CVB, See Ad On Page 49 Coeur d'Alene In northern Idaho is Coeur d'Alene. The city is surrounded by dozens of lakes, in- Idaho is not only large in size — it's the 13th-largest state in the country by land- mass — but it's also big on diversity. The Pacific Northwest state boasts rivers and mountains, green hillsides and farmlands, small towns and vibrant big cities. This varied and unique topography is ideal for hosting any sport — from skiing to softball — and for enjoying some fun pre- or post-event. "The sporting event is the primary focus but athletes and fans love that it's easy to relax with fun activi- ties like whitewater rafting and ziplining, making the trip more of an experience than just another road competition," said Laurie McConnell, senior tourism commu- nications specialist with Idaho Tourism. "Idaho's outdoor activities are perfect for an entire team or a single family." n SITE SELECTION GUIDE: IDAHO Live Theater! The Idaho Shakespeare Festival cele- brates the magic of live theater with performances from the Bard of Avon. The annual event is held at the Amphitheater and Reserve, which sits along the Boise River. n DON'T MISS... Boise CVB ◄ Rafting in Boise Photo courtesy of Boise CVB

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