Idaho Falls

Overview

Introduction

Idaho Falls, Idaho, in the southeastern part of the state, 210 mi/340 km east of Boise, is known primarily as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

The Tautphaus Park Zoo has African lions, zebras, camels and a petting area where the kids can have fun with pygmy goats, karakul and other species. The town hosts some festivals, such as the Idaho Falls Snake River Settlers Celebration (fireworks, barbecue, games—Fourth of July weekend) and the War Bonnet Roundup (a rodeo—August).

Blackfoot, about 27 mi/43 km to the southwest, calls itself the Potato Capital of the World and has erected a shrine to the spud. Visitors to Idaho's World Potato Exposition there can sample potato ice cream and potato fudge, watch a potato grow in a glass-walled planter or rub on some potato hand cream.

Sights in the surrounding area include an extinct cinder cone and volcanic crater at Twin Buttes and the town of St. Anthony, a popular starting point for fishing trips. The Grand Targhee ski resort is 60 mi/95 km east, just across the Idaho-Wyoming border.

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