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Understated and underrated, Idaho's state capital gets little recognition from people outside the northwest. The charming downtown impresses unsuspecting visitors with the spirit of an underdog. Surprises include Basque culture, a grandiose capitol building and a fair number of affable bars and Parisian bistros. There's also a university campus and enough greenery to make its 'city of trees' title more than a marketing ploy. Boise leaves a lasting impression – mostly because it's not supposed to.