A Stunning City In This Western State Is A Budget-Friendly Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a desirable destination for many curious travelers. Not only is their powerful force majestic to take in, but they uniquely span across two countries, the U.S. and Canada, making a visit all the more exciting. However, because they are so sought after by travelers from all around the globe, the cost of visiting Niagara Falls can add up quickly.

Expedia Group has deemed 2024 the year of the "dupe" destination, and we've got the perfect budget-friendly dupe in lieu of Niagara Falls, especially for those who like off-the-beaten-path vacations. Idaho Falls might not have the same zing to it as Niagara Falls, but they are equally worth visiting. Known for an abundance of outdoor activities year-round, as well as plenty of art, culture, and great food, Idaho Falls offers much more than just some stunning waterfalls. Best of all, Idaho Falls is ideal for all types of travelers, whether riding solo or with your family.

What to do in Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls is much more than just some waterfalls, though that is the biggest draw of the quaint Idaho city. To best experience the city and its natural beauty, enjoy a peaceful walk along the Snake River with the Idaho Falls River Walk. Here, you can see the falls on foot or by scooter, a popular way to get around the historic walkway.

For an indoor activity, visit one of the town's museums. Some popular options include the Collector Corner Museum, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, and the Museum of Idaho. If you're traveling with kids or simply want to nourish your inner child, head to the Idaho Falls Zoo.

You'll need to find a great place to stay and enjoy your time in town. Idaho Falls is home to many chain hotels, so you can not only enjoy the city but also rack up some reward points in the process. The Residence Inn by Marriott Idaho Falls is a prime choice because of its central location. Hilton Honors members have the option of either Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, Home2Suites by Hilton Idaho Falls, or Tru by Hilton Idaho Falls.

When to go and how to get there

Idaho Falls can be enjoyed year-round, with the caveat that it depends on your preferred weather conditions. Summer is the most popular time to visit, thanks to ample, warm weather conditions. Because of this, summer visitors can expect to share their experiences with some crowds. Fall is perhaps a better time to come, as the weather is moderate, the crowds generally thin out, and there's a good chance of experiencing some fall foliage. Winter is when most folks flock to Idaho as a state because the Gem State is home to so many hot springs and has a high skiing and snowboarding season. Because of this, you will likely experience crowds similar to those in summer. Spring, on the other hand, can still be a little chilly, but you'll get to experience Idaho Falls while watching the flowers come into bloom, adding an aesthetic touch.

The town is home to Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), so you won't need to worry about driving a far distance to get to your destination. That said, you will want to rent a car to best experience the town and its surrounding areas, which you can do right at the airport. If your schedule allows, plan to visit some nearby attractions, like Yellowstone National Park, which is only about a two-hour drive away.