Hidden Local Treasures Abound in Southeast Idaho

Southeast Idaho is full of hidden local treasures. Here are a few from each city:

  • American Falls: Attend the Free Family Birding Festival each May.
  • Pocatello: The city hosts an Art Walk in historic downtown every first Friday. Dine at the Yellowstone or Café Tuscano.
  • Fort Hall: Stop at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel or attend the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, a kaleidoscope of dance, tradition and regalia every August.
  • Blackfoot: Visit the Idaho Potato Museum and enjoy an all-American burger and milkshake at Rupe’s Drive-in or sweets at the Candy Jar.
  • Lava Hot Springs: Locals and visitors love Idaho’s world-famous hot spring. Dine at Portneuf Grill & Lounge or Eruption Brewery.
  • Preston: See sites from the film “Napoleon Dynamite.” Dine at Sydney’s Restaurant, followed by Polar Bear for ice cream.
  • Soda Springs: Oregon Trail history is spread across town. Don’t miss the Applegarth Apothecary or the Main Street Diner (voted Yelp’s best diner in Idaho).
  • Bear Lake Valley: Hike the stunning Bloomington Lake Trail, followed by a raspberry milkshake.
  • Malad: Don’t miss the Malad County Fair Rodeo in August, followed by Ganache Pastry & Gelato.
  • Montpelier: Explore the National Oregon/California Trail Center, followed by El Jaliciense for mouthwatering tacos and enchiladas.

Hike the stunning Bloomington Lake Trail, followed by a raspberry milkshake, in the Bear Lake Valley. Photo courtesy of Southeast Idaho High Country

For more information on Southeast Idaho, please visit IdahoHighCountry.org.