Getting off track on the way to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons
09.01.2013 - 09.01.2013
Diversions can be de-e-e-lightful. If you’re headed to Yellowstone or the Grand Tetons, chances are you may travel through Idaho Falls. It has the largest airport within a 100-mile radius of the parks.
Idaho Falls clings to the Snake River on the southeastern cheek of Idaho's wide bottom and is home to the nuclear cowboy. It's a mixture of scientists and engineers who crash atoms in insulated spaces at the Idaho National Laboratory, and farmers and ranchers who pick potatoes and corral cattle in gusty winds under big skies. A majority of its residents are Mormon, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Many tourists blow through town on their way to Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park choosing to eat fast food on their way. But if you want to spend a few minutes and flavor the funkiness of people living on the wrong side of the tracks, I'd recommend D'railed Bar & Grub.
The food is locally sourced, and they offer a good variety of regional beers and wine. The backyard is huge and hosts local and regional indie bands. Fire pits were added last month. They tamp down the chill and turn on the ambiance in the evening.
And, occasionally, you'll hear a blast from a train whistle from the tracks across the street.
What could be better?