I recently visited Idaho Falls, Idaho on a business trip. I was there for 3 days and got to see the sights. It's a small town and doesn't take too long to get the lay of the land. One thing that surprised me is how friendly everyone is. It reminded so much of the South where people hold doors open and wave as they walk past you on the street. It's truly a pleasant place to kick back and visit.
The Grand Tetons are super close
This was my favorite part of the trip. If the plane ticket didn't cost $800, I would have flown out the hubby to have a long weekend and see the Tetons. They're about 100 miles east of Idaho Falls and can be seen from the foothills just outside of Idaho Falls. The last night I was there, the sky was crystal clear and I drove east to the top of the highest hill outside of town to see them in the distance. I couldn't get a decent picture, but they rose up from the horizon, snow capped and majestic.
Idaho Falls Food
Despite awesome TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews, it seems the local Idahoans don't have the most sensitive palette. I'm not looking for 5 star dining, especially in a small town. However, several restaurants got rave reviews online, but they ended up being average. The steaks were good, the burgers were fine, but nothing that would earn a 5 star review. Don't let that stop you, but keep it in mind as you're looking for restaurants.
It's a great place to stay outside Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is a short trip away from Idaho Falls and lots of non-camping people stay here while visiting. Everything you need is available, plus a lovely river with a great walking trail. On a side note, the Residence Inn in town is the best place to stay, but there aren't many hotels from which to choose. Seventy-seven percent of the state is either public or federal land, and in Idaho Falls, the economic driver is agriculture. That being said, the landscape is beautiful and Idaho Falls is delicately nestled in an valley surrounded by the foothills of the Rockies.
Another great part about Idaho Falls is Snake River, which cuts right through town. Snake River has a man-made falls, giving the town its name. A great greenway runs at least 5 miles around the river and it makes for a scenic afternoon or evening exercise. All in all, whether for business or leisure, Idaho Falls is a great place to visit.