Idaho’s Meridian City was originally settled by the hardiest of homesteaders conquering the arid land for farming and cattle raising. Nowadays, it’s one of the state’s largest and fastest-growing cities, a hub for commerce and industry surrounded by state parks, a conservation area, and the forests of Treasure Valley. The boundaries of Idaho’s largest cities, Boise and Nampa, lie along Meridian’s western suburbs.
Things to see
Roaring Springs Water Park is a popular family attraction in Meridian, open year-round and offering pools, slides, games, and fast food outlets. It’s a family favorite in Boise.
The city is greened by 17 public parks giving shade during the hot summers, and nearby Eagle Island State Park boasts a lake with a swimming beach, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing.
Meridian Urban Market runs through the summer months every Thursday evening. Here, you’ll find a farmers’ market, local arts and crafts, a beer garden, outdoor eateries, and live music. If you’re not from these parts, you’ll find it a quirky fascination.
The Meridian Speedway is the place for hot stock and sprint car races, as well as local events. In this state of ‘potato farmers’, entertainment comes in rather different forms.
Where to stay
Meridian is the leafy neighborhood to sleepy Boise, dotted with places to stay whether you’re in town on business, visiting locals, or passing through on your vacation.
Accommodation in Meridian covers many of the popular American 3-star chain hotels, some of which have swimming pools and all of which have good service and a decent level of comfort.
This is, in many respects, small town America, so fancy hotels aren’t common. Expect a down-to-earth experience that is soft on the wallet.
How to get there
Boise’s airport is the only real flight hub for hundreds of miles, so it services a large area of Idaho and beyond. Fortunately, Meridian is in close proximity thanks in part to the efficient I-84 which links the two.
Meridian lies slap bang on I-84, which gives easy access by road from all directions, and self-drive is the most practical way to get around
Bus transportation in and around Meridien is limited to two weekday routes provided by the Valleyride bus company.