Twin Falls might be large in size, but this mountain town in Idaho’s Magic Valley boasts a quaint and homey atmosphere. Cascading waterfalls and the picturesque peaks of the White Cloud Mountains beckon to even the most indoorsy of travelers, while locally run coffee shops, old-fashioned diners and a smattering of laid-back of pubs and dive bars welcome visitors with open arms.
With three ski resorts only an hour from the city and affordable lift rates to match, skiers are sure to find a suitable home base in this charming city. And there’s plenty to do here when you’re not on the slopes. Home to the iconic marvels of the Perrine Bridge and Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls has no shortage of Instagrammable sites. Along with hiking and biking in the Sawtooth National Forest and Snake River Canyon, Twin Falls also brings excitement and thrill to the table.
Tourists are drawn to Twin Falls for outdoor adventures, from hikes at Shoshone Falls to canoe rides on the Snake River. For a jolt of adrenaline, zip-line across the Snake River Canyon with AWOL Adventure Sports , or try base jumping off the Perrine Bridge, the eighth tallest bridge in the U.S.
If extreme adventure isn’t your cup of tea, try driving across the bridge for excellent views of the Snake River Canyon. Or take an afternoon to canoe, fish or swim in the canyon at Dierkes Lake . You can also hit some balls at the Canyon Springs Golf Course . And if you have an extra day, take the two-hour drive from Twin Falls to Sawtooth National Forest where you can bike in the summer and ski in the winter.
Stroll along the historic district of Old Town Twin Falls with its diverse range of shops, bars, and restaurants. On days of unruly weather, visit The Herrett Center for Arts & Science at the College of Southern Idaho, which houses anthropological artifacts and specimens found throughout North and South America.
Twin Falls might not have accommodation with ski-in/ski-out accessibility, but there are still great choices to choose from if you are looking to be close to the outdoors. What’s more, you’re likely to find better rates here than at slope-side hotels.
The Quality Inn & Suites , with its close proximity to the Snake River Canyon for hiking, biking and kayaking, is a great place to stay, as is the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Twin Falls , only a short drive from Shoshone Falls, Canyon Springs Golf Course and Perrine Bridge if you absolutely must be within easy reach of the slopes, Hilton Garden Inn Twin Falls is just three miles from Soldier Mountain Resort and only a 20-minute drive from Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Airport.
The Fillmore Inn is a quaint and elegant B&B within walking distance from downtown Twin Falls, putting guests within reach from various shops and restaurants.
Start the morning at Buffalo Cafe , a hole-in-the-wall diner cooking up American eats with a Southwestern twist. Look out for their buffalo-style huevos rancheros and bison biscuits. Depot Grill , which has been cooking up comfort food since 1917, is famous for its 4lb platter of pancakes, sausage, and eggs.
If you are exploring Downtown and looking for a lunch spot, check out O’Dunkens Draught House for beers on tap, burgers, specialty sandwiches, and pizza.
As the sun goes down and dinner comes to mind, look no further than Elevation 486 . With scenic views of the Snake River, new-American cuisine and a casual-yet-romantic ambiance, Elevation 486 makes for a great dinner spot.
Ice cream fanatics will want to check out Shoshone Snack Bar Co. for it’s signature mile-high ice cream cones.
Twin Falls has plenty to offer younger visitors. Take advantage of the abundant green space at Harmon Park , which spans more than 15 city blocks and features basketball and tennis courts. The Shoshone Falls is a beautiful place to visit with family, and surrounding hiking trails offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy it from all angles. If it’s a hot day, you can choose to kayak or paddle-board down the Snake River to the falls with AWOL Adventure Sports .
For the stargazer, visit the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, The Faulkner Planetarium. Here, marvel at the wonders of space on its state-of-the-art projection system under a 50-foot dome.
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