I was peacefully walking along the streets of downtown Boise when I caught a lazy bear wearing a golden crown staring me in the face. What do you want? Then, a big bellied patriotic man smoking a pipe and wearing red & white striped pants crossed my path.

Where am I? The answer was Idaho’s whimsical Freak Alley.
Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho
Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho

Boise’s Freak Alley began over ten years ago when a local artist painted the inside of an alley doorway.

Today, the outdoor gallery expands from the alley to the gravel parking lot and is an exhibition for local artists, as well as a few from different parts of the United States.
Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho
Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho

I had seen previously seen some incredibly street art displays while walking down Toronto’s Graffiti Alley, throughout the streets of Barcelona, Istanbul and Paris.

Don’t count Boise out of the running for artistic street art, you’ll be surprised by the showcase of talent.Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, IdahoFreak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho

Heading to Boise? You can find this public art gallery, whose works include murals and graffiti, at Bannock between Eighth and Ninth streets. Freak Alley Street Art in Boise, Idaho