Idaho Falls

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Idaho Falls

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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.

Get in

By Air

Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is located just northwest of Idaho Falls. It has limited service to Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/Saint Paul on Delta Connections, Denver on United Express, Las Vegas on Allegiant Air, and Boise and Bozeman on Horizon 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.

By Car

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.

Get around

If you are coming into Idaho Falls via air transit, there are several rental car companies that provide service to the Idaho Falls area. All 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 little competition within the Idaho Falls for taxi service (Easy-Way Taxi being the only true taxi service), so naturally the prices are somewhat unreasonable at times. Given these costs, it would be more cost efficient to rent a car at a daily rate then to pay a taxi service to escort you periodically throughout the duration of your stay.


  • The Museum of Idaho, 200 N Eastern Avenue (Take the Broadway exit (118) east across the river. It is just at Broadway and Yellowstone Highway.), +1 208 522-1400, [1]. Monday - Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday. Dedicated to the history of Idaho and receives many famous traveling exhibits. $6 max, many discounts available.
  • Tautphaus Park Zoo, 2725 Carnival Way, +1 208 612-8552 (, fax: +1 208 528-6256), [2]. 9AM - 4PM, closed November - March. Home to a large population of animals from six continents. $5 for 13 - 61, $3.50 for 62+, $2.50 for 4 - 12, under 4 free..


  • Idaho Falls River Walk (The Greenbelt), [3]. A six mile path situated next to the Snake River, one of the most beautiful sites in Idaho Falls. Free.
  • Teton Spectrum Racing.



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.

  • Best Western, 900 Lindsay Boulevard, +1 208 523-6000 (fax: +1 208 523-0000), [4]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. $80 - $90.
  • Comfort Inn, 195 S. Colorado Ave. (Just west of the West Broadway exit off of I-15), +1 208 528-2804 (, fax: +1 208 522-3083), [5]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $65 - $135.
  • Fairfield Inn, 1293 West Broadway (Just east of the West Broadway exit off of I-15), +1 208 552-7378 (fax: +1 208 552-7379), [6]. $90 - $150.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 2270 Channing Way, +1 208-542-9800, [7]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. $115 - $190.
  • Le Ritz Hotel & Suite, 720 Lindsay Blvd, +1 800 813-9266, [8]. $105 - $215.
  • Red Lion Hotel, 475 River Parkway, +1 800 733-5466 (, fax: +1 208 529-9610), [9]. $115 - $125.


Get out

  • Grand Teton National Park is about 100 miles east of Idaho Falls. Heading east out of Idaho Falls on US-26 will go right into the south entrance. This entrance is open year round.
  • Yellowstone National Park is about 100 miles north east of Idaho Falls. US-20 goes all the way to the west entrance. Yellowstone can also be entered through the south entrance from the Grand Tetons. Both entrances are closed from November to April.
  • Targhee National Forest is about 60 miles to the north east on US-20. The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway goes through the forest and leads to the Upper and Lower lookouts of Mesa Falls.

Routes through Idaho Falls
ButteDillon  N noframe S  ShelleyPocatello
Craters of the MoonArco  W noframe E  RexburgYellowstone N.P.
Craters of the MoonShelley  W noframe E  AlpineGrand Teton N.P.

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