I hear that Idaho Falls is a beautiful city. Unfortunately, I can’t vouch for it. When I awoke on Day 7 of my trip, I once again went to my motel room window, peered out, and didn’t see a single ray of sun. In fact, I was facing the worst weather yet: a solid, steady downpour coming from an incredibly dark grey sky. Not even the most beautiful of small towns could look good in this weather. I decided to see the only attraction a visitor must see when visiting Idaho Falls, and that is, of course, the falls themselves.
This is the view from the bridge over the Snake River. The falls are part of a man-made structure that feeds a hydroelectric plant. A long wall runs lengthwise, creating a very long spillway. There are more natural parts of the falls as well, but you’ll need to explore a little more to view those.
Perhaps Idaho Falls’ most distinctive building is the LDS Temple, located on the river just north of US 20.
That’s about all I can tell you about Idaho Falls. It was nearly impossible to keep my camera dry while walking around the city, and as I drove, it was nearly impossible to enjoy any of the sights, because of the rain. So, I gave up, and headed out of town on US 20.
Note: This trip was first published in 2006. Much of the same area was covered in the Big Sky trip in 2014.