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.
[tmt_info =””]You can view the falls from the US 20 bridge (Grandview Drive), just a few blocks east of Interstate 15.[/tmt_info]
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.
[tmt_info =””]If the weather isn’t quite as miserable during your visit, consider taking a walk on part of Idaho Falls’ Greenbelt. The walkway runs along the river, forming several loops. Here’s a map to help.[/tmt_info]
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.