Idaho Stops on the Way

Curbside Attractions in Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory

From a drive-in movie to root beer floats, find great Americana in eastern Idaho. Visit the Spud Drive-In, Yellowstone Bear World, and a summer music scene.

It may be hard to believe, but the first TV got its start as an idea sketched in chalk.

As a student in the early 1920s, Philo Farnsworth used several blackboards to show his Rigby High School teacher his plans to develop the world’s first working all-electronic TV system. His concepts paved the way for the first electronic TV sets, some of which you can see at Philo Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum in Rigby, Idaho.

You’ll discover Americana like this in an area spanning six eastern Idaho counties. Eight miles west of St. Anthony, play on sand dunes that reach up to 400 feet above the valley floor. Afterwards, head to the Frostop Drive-In in Ashton for 1950s-style curbside service and an incredible root beer float.

Mesa Falls on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho.
Mesa Falls on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Depositphotos

Continue north on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway to stroll on wooden boardwalks to see Upper Mesa Falls, a striking 10-story cascade in Caribou-Targhee National Forest or head to Harriman State Park where trumpeter swans, moose and fly fishing await.

Victor Emporium in Victor, Idaho. Photo by Nick Cote
Victor Emporium in Victor, Idaho. Nick Cote

Across the valley, tune into the summer music scene Thursday evenings at Victor’s “Music on the Main” and order a huckleberry shake at the Victor Emporium. As night falls, watch a movie at the legendary Spud Drive-In Theatre.

“We never talk about “vacation,” says Tom Walsh, chairman of Yellowstone Teton Territory, a nonprofit tourism organization. “We talk about ‘experience’ and ‘adventure.’ Your eyes are shutters and lenses to a lifetime of memories.”

Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy photo
Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy Yellowstone Bear World

Didn’t see a grizzly in Yellowstone? Head to Yellowstone Bear World to see grizzly and black bears, along with other animals like bison and moose.

“The best part for me is just seeing the excitement and being able to share that with all the visitors who come out,” says owner Courtney Ferguson.

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