The Ultimate Guide to Idaho Falls, Idaho

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

Idaho Falls prides itself on offering the amenities of a large metropolis in the charming package of pleasant, laid-back living. It's a small city on the shores of the beautiful Snake River located in the heart of some of the nation's best known recreation areas.


The River Walk

This is the main attraction of the town since it's built along the shores of the Snake River. Spend a couple hours walking along the shores and admiring the beautiful views. Here are some highlights you can see along the way:


Here are some of the highlights listed above (by their numbers in red):

4) Idaho Falls Temple & Visitor's Center

This Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Otherwise known as LDS or Mormon) temple opened up on September 23, 1945, which makes it the first LDS church in Idaho. There are films, exhibits, and tours at the visitor's center which is open daily from 9am-9pm.


5) Downtown Idaho Falls


6) Idaho Falls War Memorial


7) Visitor Center

Stop by the visitor center to get some information about the town! The man who was working was so kind, he was originally from the Orange County area and since I'm from Los Angeles we were swapping stories about good beaches and fun things to do down in Southern California. He was very helpful in telling me some things to see in town, and even gave me a map with all the art benches (described in "other attractions" section below) and their locations.


9) Japanese Friendship Garden


10) Idaho Falls Public Library

This library features the best circulation rate per capita in Idaho and offers a full blend of great periodicals and books, as well as community gatherings and workshops.


11) Museum of Idaho

The complete history of Idaho Falls and the surrounding area is covered here. The exhibits span pre-history to the atomic era and include an art gallery, replica of a 1900 town, and other special artifacts.

Opening Hours:

Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Monday: 10am-8pm

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm


13) River Gardens


Other Attractions

Art You Can Sit On

This is a collaborative project with the Idaho Falls Arts Council, Historic Downtown Foundation, Parks & Rec., and City Beautification Commission. The art benches were selected from over 250 submitted designs by artists in the area.


Street Art

One thing I really loved about this town was finding hidden artistic gems on the streets!


The Idaho Falls Water Tower

This icon of the town was built in 1937. It's 185 feet high and holds 500,000 gallons of water. Sadly, it is scheduled to be torn down in 2024 to be replaced by a new water tower that can hold 1 million gallons.


Eat at The SnakeBite Restaurant

I read about this place in a blog, so we decided to try it out and boy, it did NOT disappoint. The food was so delicious! I got the fish tacos and my mom got a burger, we both were extremely satisfied. And of course, we had to leave room for their homemade chocolate cake- which was heavenly. I can't recommend this place enough!


Summer Events

Alive After 5

When: Late May-September

Enjoy food vendors, live music, and cold beverages at Park Ave. & B Street every Wednesday in the summer.


Farmer's Market

Every summer Saturday morning (and well into autumn) locals get together to put on the Idaho Falls Farmer's Market which features fresh produce, nursery stock, speciality foods, baked goods, and handmade crafts.


Outdoor Concerts

There are 2 weekly evening concert series that run throughout most of the summer:

1) EIRMC Concert Series: Tuesdays at the River Walk Stage

2) Live United Concert Series: Thursdays at Snake River Landing


Day Trips

Mesa Falls

Just an hour northeast of Idaho Falls are the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls (114 feet and 65 feet respectively). You can also take a drive down the 28-mile Mesa Falls Scenic Byway for more gorgeous scenery.

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Craters of the Moon

This National Monument and Preserve is about 1.5 hours west of Idaho Falls. The lava flows, tubes, and caves are great for hiking and learning about geology. It's a $35 entrance fee, or free with your National Parks Annual Pass.


Hell's Half Acre

About 40 minutes southwest of Idaho Falls is the trailhead for Hell's Half Acre. It's a basaltic lava plain located on the Snake River Plain of Idaho. You can choose between the 4-mile Vent Trail which takes roughly 5-6 hours, or the 0.9 mile Loop Trail which can be done in about 30 minutes.

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Palisades Creek Trail

Just an hour east of Idaho Falls is the Palisades Creek Trail: one of the best maintained trails in the region. You have gorgeous mountain scenery and end at a pair of high mountain lakes.

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Where to Next?

Grand Teton National Park

I's only a 2 hour drive east of Idaho Falls! Check out the gorgeous Teton mountain range and wildlife.


Shoshone Falls

An awesome attraction in Twin Falls, Idaho. This town is packed with outdoor fun and adventure, only 2.5 hours west of Idaho Falls!


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