Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

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777 S 8th St.

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Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Occupying less than an acre of space, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is a park "inspired by Anne Frank's faith in humanity," according to the City of Boise. Designed by Idaho Falls architect Kurt Karst, the educational park employs natural elements, such as water, stone and native flora, to extend a message of hope and spread information about human rights issues. A 180-foot quote wall, with words from humanitarians, and a bronze sculpture of Anne Frank as if she's pulling open the curtain from her attic hideaway, are two of the park's highlights. Visitors may be surprised to learn this is the only Anne Frank memorial in the United States. It also boasts a sapling from the Anne Frank chestnut tree in Amsterdam.

Recent visitors described the memorial as a peaceful and beautiful place for contemplation. Others say it's a moving tribute to one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

You'll find the park adjacent to the Boise River Greenbelt and next to the public library. Access to the memorial is available free of charge, 24/7. For more information, visit the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial's website.

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The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River and offers runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists a beautiful place to get some exercise. Since it travels through the heart of downtown Boise, some commuters even use it as a route for reaching their workplaces. The tree-lined trail also winds past several of the city's most popular parks, including Kathryn Albertson Park and Julia Davis Park. What's more, the city created a scavenger hunt with a map and clues on its website that prompts visitors to explore the trail and learn more about the city's history along the way.

Travelers commonly described the area as relaxing and peaceful and enjoyed their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.

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