Jackson to Salt Lake City Via Idaho Falls

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Day 6 was destined to be a day devoted mostly to traveling, with only a little time left for sightseeing.  Salt Lake City was roughly 300 miles away, and I hoped to get there in time to see the lake and the city before stopping for the night.

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For the return trip to SLC, I took WY 22, ID 33, 31, US 26, I-15.  This is slightly longer than the US 89 route, which I took on the way to Jackson.  However, it spends more time on the Interstate and less time on back roads, so it’s an easier drive.

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For the third time on this trip, I crossed Teton Pass (Wy Rte. 22), but this was the first time that I could actually see it.  The previous two passes were after dark, on the way back from Yellowstone).  Even with daylight, the view wasn’t spectacular, since Day 6 was shaping up to be unexpectedly hazy (and it stayed that way all the way to SLC).

From a viewpoint at the side of the road, you can look down on Rte. 22 (in the distance you can see the Snake River)…

… and look ahead at the mountains Rte. 22 passes through, on its way into Idaho.

After you cross into Idaho, there’s a brief break from the mountains at Victor, then more hills.  Eventually, the road drops out of the mountains and into the Swan Valley…

… where you’ll find an occasional abandoned house (Idaho seems to have a lot of these)…

… and a whole lot of potato fields. Much of this road is long, straight, and boring.

The first big town you see is Idaho Falls, named for the man-made waterfall in the middle of the Snake River.  I took this picture from the river’s east bank, and you can just barely see the falls in the distance.  Walking across the Broadway Street bridge would give you a better view.

[tmt_info =””]To see the falls, take the Broadway Street exit off I-15.  Or just follow the billboards for the hotels with “views of the falls”.[/tmt_info]

I could have spent a lot more time in Idaho.  It’s a state that’s certainly worth its own trip.  But this time, after leaving Idaho Falls, I just kept driving.  I had to cover too much ground to do any sightseeing.  So, my next stop was the Great Salt Lake.

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Note: This trip was first published in 2007.

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