It’s time to take the scenic route and be wowed by Idaho’s offerings. Waterfalls, rainbows, wildlife, and towering mountains make taking your time along this eastern Idaho itinerary a relaxing and inspiring adventure.
What to Do
Begin your travels in the town of Victor in the Teton Valley. The nearby towns and surrounding areas are packed with history, activities like hiking, mountain biking, and fishing and feature great cuisine all set against a backdrop of the picturesque Grand Teton Mountains. Spend an afternoon at Grand Teton Brewing sampling any of their six signature brews, such as Teton Range IPA or Old Faithful Ale, or tasting their rotating seasonal options. Relax on the kid- and dog-friendly patio area and enjoy the views. Fun fact: Grand Teton Brewing is responsible for reintroducing the beer “growler” that is commonly used today.
The Teton Valley offers a variety of fun-filled activities to explore the hills, valleys and forests that surround the Tetons. A guided horseback ride might just be the perfect fit for your vacation. Reserve a one to three-hour trail ride for a quick loop through these wild lands or choose an extended excursion and enjoy a culinary experience at the end of your ride. For the heartier horse enthusiasts, a multi-day horse camp might be just the getaway you’re looking for.
The pristine rivers in the Teton Valley make this area prime for fishing. The waters of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River are loaded with numerous species of trout to tempt anglers of all abilities. Book a trip with an outfitter like Three Rivers Ranch to get the scoop on all the best fishing holes, receive one-on-one angling advice, and the best part, let someone else steer the boat.
Beginning in Ashton, take the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway all the way to Mesa Falls for a waterfall adventure. Upper Mesa Falls features a boardwalk and waterfall overlook so you can enjoy these stunning falls from a number of vantage points. On summer mornings, it’s common to spot a rainbow over the falls as the sunlight passes through the mist. Take a stroll to the Mesa Falls Visitor Center located near the Upper Falls to learn about the development and culture of this unique area. Meander along the Mesa Falls Nature Trail and read about the local plants and wildlife while enjoying the views. The mile-long trail ends at an overlook of Lower Mesa Falls making this stop a double-waterfall win. Bring along some cash for the park entry fee when visiting Mesa Falls.
The final stop on this adventure: Harriman State Park. Packed with railroad heritage, miles of walking trails and lots of wildlife-spotting opportunities, it’s an ideal destination for exploring the great Idaho outdoors. Within the park boundary, explore 24 miles of trails that lead into lodgepole forests and wildflower-covered meadows and alongside rivers, streams and lakes. More than 17,000 acres make up the Harriman Wildlife Refuge within the Yellowstone Ecosystem, providing vital habitat to moose, deer, elk, trumpeter swans, river otters and porcupines which means awesome viewing opportunities for park guests. With so many things to do, you may want to stay a few nights to check it all out; you can reserve the historic bunkhouse or even the Railroad Ranch Dormitory to accommodate your group of any size.