Understated, underrated and underappreciated, Idaho's state capital (and largest city) gets little name recognition from people outside the northwest. But, while rarely San Franciscan in its magnificence, Boise's affable downtown surprises blinkered outsiders with the modest spirit of an underdog. Who knew about the grandiose Idaho capitol building? Who dreamt of well-heeled wine bars and Parisian-style bistros? And what's the story with all that latent Basque culture? The city's highlights include all of the these, plus a salubrious university campus and a 'city of trees' moniker that is far more than just a marketing ploy. The result: Boise leaves a poignant and lasting impression – primarily because it's not supposed to.