That’s what I love so much about this state – it’s full of hidden gems that are unexpected and often so impressive that you have to see and experience them firsthand.
This is worth double for southern Idaho, where you can easily pass by a beautiful canyon or a crystal clear swimming hole without having the slightest idea that it is there. I was aiming to see as many as I could on my last visit. These are the best things to do in and around Twin Falls, Idaho:
1. See Perrine Coulee Falls Hotels On A Map
I’m starting strong with my favorite waterfall of the trip at Twin Falls. Perrine Coulee was not unlike the Iceland of Seljalandsfoss-also a waterfall behind which you can walk — but this one, I could easily rely on myself!
This waterfall can be reached from a short hike near Centennial Waterfront Park, or you can descend from a roadside exit on the hairpin bend of Canyon Springs Road. It requires a minimum of rock scrambling. You will see a few parallel parking spaces on the right side of the road.
I’ve also seen pictures of it in winter with icicles along the canyon walls, and it looks magical.
2. Watch the Base Jumpers at the Overlook at the Twin Falls Visitor Center
One of the few bridges where basic jumpers can jump all year round, the Perrine Bridge is a great place to admire both the bridge and the jumpers from above.
If you dare, you can sign up to do a tandem jump. Although I haven’t done it personally, Tandem Base is getting rave reviews.
3. More Hotels in Shoshone Falls
Arguably Twin Falls’ most famous falls, Shoshone Falls is 212 feet tall — 45 feet taller than Niagara — and flows nearly a thousand feet wide when it pumps to its full glory. The amount of water you will see during your visit depends on snowfall, irrigation needs and hydroelectric demands.
I also had the chance to attend Shoshone Falls After dark, a light show displayed on the falls usually in the spring. Check out this year’s dates here.
4. Hiking on the Mogensen Trail
For an easy 2-mile hike up the canyon and under the Perrine Bridge, park right at the top of Centennial Waterfront Park and hike the Mogensen Trail. This is an easy trail that takes you past a few waterfalls and gives you the chance to see the base jumpers up close, if they are jumping that day.
5. Hiking or kayaking in Centennial Waterfront Park
How many cities have a beautiful canyon running through them with multiple waterfalls and a beautiful river? I can’t think of much! Centennial Waterfront Park gives you the chance to admire the beautiful scene, whether you choose to explore on foot, launch a kayak or watch the sunrise or sunset from one of the many viewpoints.
6. Hiking or cycling on the Auger Falls loop
This 4-mile loop takes you near the Snake River, seeing several waterfalls along the way. You will see them especially from afar by walking along this fairly easy trail. When I visited in May, there were little wildflowers in bloom! This trail is also popular with bikers, but I didn’t find it very crowded and therefore not a problem to share.
7. Eating at altitude 486
This perfect lunch spot has a spectacular view from their patio. If it’s a cooler day, they have large windows from the interior part of the restaurant for great views, too. They mostly have sandwiches, salads and soups. I enjoyed the French dip, pictured above!
8. Near The Fillmore Inn
This adorable inn has one of the best lodging ratings in the entire city of Twin Falls, and when you stay there, it’s easy to see why! It’s so charming, each room offering its own personality. You have everything from a twin room to a full suite with a large jetted tub. My favorite part was chatting over breakfast with the lovely owner, Denise. The homemade breakfast is delicious, but his hospitality is what really makes it an awesome stay. In addition, it is centrally located and within walking distance of the city center! Book it here.
9. Hiking at Box Canyon State Park
Moving a bit outside of Twin Falls, Box Canyon State Park is my favorite stop on this trip! Just look at this incredibly clear water! It reminded me a bit of my local lake, Lake Tahoe. Although you can just enjoy the view from above, I highly recommend going down into the canyon to see the water up close.
You will also pass by the waterfall, and if it’s a hot day, there is a small beach area perfect for swimming! The hike is about 3 1/2 miles with a steep part at the beginning when you descend, but you can avoid this by walking to the end of the canyon and rounding the corner. It can be done as a loop, but I did it as a round trip so that I could pass the waterfall twice. Read my full guide to Box Canyon here.