Idaho Falls is a city in Eastern Idaho. It is the county seat of Bonneville County and the largest city in Eastern Idaho. It has a population of about 50,000 and the metro area contains about 115,000 people.
Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is located just northwest of Idaho Falls. It has service to Salt Lake City on Delta Connection, Denver and San Francisco on United Express, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Phoenix/Mesa on Allegiant Air.
Often the cost of flying in/out of Idaho Falls is not economical. For this reason, many residents of Idaho Falls will drive to the Salt Lake International Airport(SLC). Salt Lake City is about 213 miles to the south, but during the winter months the duration of this trip could significantly lengthen due to poor visibility and road conditions. Typically, this short drive will take about 3 hours, however, due to weather and Salt Lake City traffic this drive could easily take an additional hour.
Idaho Falls can be easily reached by I-15 (North / South) or by Highway 20 (East / West). The Utah border is about 120 miles south, the Montana border is about 75 miles north, the Wyoming border is about 72 miles to the east, and the Oregon border is about 334 miles to the west.
If you are coming into Idaho Falls via air transit, there are several rental car companies that provide service to the Idaho Falls area. Most of these companies have representatives at the Idaho Falls airport to assist anyone looking to rent a vehicle.
There is currently no mass transit in Idaho Falls. However, Idaho Falls is small and the majority of the hotels are located centrally enough that a small walk will get you to most destinations, but the distance to some locations would warrant a taxi service. There is fair competition in the taxi business and service is very good for a town this size. You can generally get a ride anywhere in town and even Ammon, which borders Idaho Falls, for under $15(Idaho Falls city limits, $10) It is more economical to rent a car if you have several destinations over the duration of a day. If you have less than 5-6 stops, taxis are excellent. SafeRide and Easy Way Taxi offer 24/7 service.
Despite Idaho Falls' small town environment, there are numerous locations that serve outstanding cuisine, and since most of them are locally owned there is a great customer appreciation found at each of them. Restaurants close to the river include:
The Sandpiper: The Sandpiper serves anything from Rainbow Trout to Lobster (Flown fresh into Idaho Falls) to steak. The Sandpiper is considered by many of the locals to be the best restaurant in town. For the locals The Sandpiper can seem a little pricey, but for those visiting from out of town their menu will not seem outrageously priced.
Jakers: Jakers specialty is steak, but you should also try their seafood dishes.
Smitty's: Smitty's is probably the most popular restaurant in town when it comes to breakfast. Nothing fancy is served at Smitty's, but you can count on the traditional breakfast dishes being prepared to perfection.
The Collage: The Collage is the most expensive restaurant in Idaho Falls, but the quality is excellent and cannot be beaten by any other restaurant in town. The menu is very international, and the chef changes the menu approximately every three to six months. The Collage is nestled in downtown Idaho Falls, and provides a very quiet, elegant dinner for any who chose to dine there.
Some more common restaurants that are close to the river area are Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, Applebees, Olive Garden, and Ruby's Steakhouse. Even more restaurants are located across town near the Grand Teton Mall. These restaurants include Sizzler, TGI Friday, Texas Roadhouse, Perkins, IHOP, Wingers, Johnny Carino's, Red Robin, Chuckarama, and Bajio.
Most of the hotels are located near I-15 and the airport along the river.