While traveling around Bill Clinton’s Arkansas the GUARDIAN is amazed at how little it takes to qualify as a “stunning view,” or other tourist attraction.
If the Ozark Mountains are any indication, Boise could get rich by offering “stunning, amazing, spectacular, scenic views” from the bell tower of The Depot. It seems like every turn offers a chance to climb a tower or otherwise pay to get above treetops to see–what else?–treetops.
Near Bull Shoals it cost $5 to ride to the top of an old oil rig which is already atop a mountain. There is little difference in the view of Anderson Ranch Dam from the road. Arrow Rock Dam with its history (highest dam in USA when it was built) would make an ideal tourist attraction.
In Eureka Springs you can visit the “Christ of The Ozarks” statue at the Christian theme park where the famous Passion Play is performed. The view is of an old hotel three miles away–and tree tops. The lighted cross on Table Rock would sell well to the Ozark folks.
Spring River is an absolute Mecca for canoers. Folks pay good money for their “adventures” on the placid watters. Concessions to raft the Boise where we all tube should also sell well.
If we really want to “promote Boise” we have ample opportunity to do it without building a connvention center. Everyone would benefit from tourism because travelers leave behind their hard earned money without demanding schools, sewers, and other services.
We may not be able to match the “More than 100 live large cats including lions and tigers” offered at a hilltop location south of Eureka Springs.
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