Take one look at the 22.5-mile Boise River Greenbelt trail, watching locals float rafts downstream or cast flies in the shallows, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard more about this small-town city, which seems to have more green space than people. Boise might just win the award for most within-city recreation. And just out of town is pretty great too. We love Bogus Basin
) for nordic skiing in winter and biking during the rest of the year. Walk or pedal the Greenbelt trail
in town, or hike up Table Rock
, just 1.5 miles from downtown. Poke around the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, ending up at the trailheads in Camel’s Back Park
Where the athletes eat: You gotta try the pumpkin-chai Kristin Armstrong Gold Medal Muffin at Big City Coffee ($; 208/345-3145). For dinner, head to restaurant-distillery Bardenay ($$; 208/426-0538) or Tony’s Pizzeria Teatro ($; 208/343-1052), where Tony, from Naples, serves nothing but Napoli-style pizza.