Eastern Idaho is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, which means this region’s been serving up adventure for a long time. Head here, and you’ll experience world-class fly fishing waters, hiking in pine forests and lupine meadows, and snowmobiling on pristine powder. The towns of Driggs, Victor, and Tetonia, which sit quietly on the western side of the Tetons, are picturesque destinations for adventurers who seek outdoor recreation without the crowds. Be sure to experience the small pleasures, like an enjoyable ride on Rexburg’s antique carousel, a huckleberry milkshake in Victor, and a night of old-fashioned family fun at the Spud Drive-In in Driggs.
Take a drive along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway for amazing views and a waterfall detour. Upper Mesa Falls is easily accessed by a boardwalk, while the Visitor Center has details on the local flora and fauna and the history of settlement in the area. In Rexburg, home to Brigham Young University’s Idaho campus, plan a visit to Yellowstone Bear World to see bears and other wildlife from the comfort of your car. Head to Island Park to drive the longest Main Street in America (it’s 33 miles!) and explore the land that’s part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Skiers and boarders can choose from two popular ski areas: Kelly Canyon Ski Resort and Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Nordic skiing and snowmobiling are also popular in this part of Idaho.