The flat and sprawled city of Idaho Falls leaves much to be desired in regards to scenery and outdoor pursuits. With cheaper flights and many hotels however, it makes for a great launching point for visiting Jackson and Grand Teton Park.
Why should I visit Idaho Falls?
Visitors will typically end up in Idaho Falls on their way to or from Jackson, Wyoming. While there are a few attractions in the city, it's best used as a place to restock, for its airport, and for a good night's rest. If you want to sound like a true local, refer to Idaho Falls with its initials "I" "F".
Where is Idaho Falls?
Idaho Falls is directly west of Jackson, Wyoming. From Jackson drive west over Teton Pass on WY-22. In downtown Victor, turn left at the blinking light onto ID-31. Follow ID-31 over Pine Creek Pass and into Swan Valley. Turn right onto US-26 and follow all the way into the eastern edge of Idaho Falls. It takes about 1.75 hours to get from Jackson to Idaho Falls.
What sort of services and amenities will I find in Idaho Falls?
There are tons of hotels and restaurants in Idaho Falls, many of which suit the budget minded traveler. The nicest part of town sits along the greenbelt of the Snake River.
The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) offers frequent flights to a number of destinations including Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boise, and Bozeman. Flights are typically much cheaper than flying directly into the Jackson airport. While there is no airport shuttle, there are car rentals available at the Idaho Falls airport.
What can I do or see in Idaho Falls?
- Idaho Falls:
The actual falls that give the city its name are more like a series of cascades, but they are worth visiting if you have the time. They are located right on the greenbelt in downtown Idaho Falls. 6 miles of paved pathway follow the Snake River here, offering a great place to stroll, bike, run, or just eat a picnic. Head to the corner of Broadway and River Pkwy.
- Museum of Idaho:
The Museum of Idaho, although small, features a new interesting exhibit every season. Past exhibits include Dogs to Wolves, The Body, Tombs, and Ancient Scrolls. Give them a call at (208)522-1400 for hours and pricing.
- St. Anthony Sand Dunes:
50 miles northwest of Idaho Falls, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes make a nice day trip.
- Tautphaus Park Zoo:
Open from May through September, the Tautphaus Park Zoo features a wide variety of animals. Call the Zoo for hours and rates: (208)612-8552.
- Yellowstone Bear World:
If you didn't see enough wildlife on your trip to Jackson or Grand Teton Park, this drive-thru park lets you get up close to these wild creatures. Call (208)359-9688 for hours and rates.
- Fun Centers:
There are a handful of "fun centers" in Idaho Falls that feature mini-golf, arcade games, go karts, bowling, and movies.