Four Ways to Soak up the Water in Idaho Falls

“Are you here for business or pleasure?”

We’ve all been asked this question and, in the past, our answers typically fall into one of the two categories. However, one doesn’t have to be exclusive of the other. Recent travel trends suggest that more companies are encouraging “bleisure” travel to increase employee morale and retention. The success of any company retreat, industry convention or other special event depends on how well the destination blends both professional and personal activities. Idaho Falls, Idaho just happens to blend them perfectly, thanks to its mix of world-class outdoor adventure, culture and entertainment. Need to know more? Here are a few ways Idaho Falls blurs the lines between work and play.

Scenic Adventure

The Snake River winds through the city center, which means waking up to waterfall and river views from hotel balconies and windows. In the morning, skip the treadmill in favor of running along the six-mile paved trail that parallels the river and offers a view of a two-story waterfall that spans 600 feet. For a lunch break, picnic almost anywhere along the trail and feed the ducks along the tree-lined banks. In the evening, decompress with a quiet stroll back on the trail, stopping this time to take in the inspiring view of the illuminated LDS Temple—its light reflecting on the river’s mirror surface.

If you manage to tack an extra personal day onto a business trip, Idaho Falls is surrounded by some of the most famous mountains in the country. The rugged silhouette of the Grand Tetons is to the east, while the low-profile Blackfoot Mountain range runs to the south. Both are an easy drive and provide ample opportunities for a well-earned escape with hiking, biking, fishing, climbing and kayaking. Sun Valley Mountain Resort, Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument are also a short drive away, and can easily be added to the beginning or end of a business trip.

Entertainment & Culture

In warmer months, touch (yes, touch!) penguins at Tautphaus Park Zoo. When there’s snow on the ground, cross-country ski in fresh powder at local parks. During the summer, take in a baseball game at Melaleuca Field, which is the home of the Idaho Falls Chukars. For those who dream of meticulously manicured putting greens, there are three city-owned and -operated championship golf courses to choose from.

There are also plenty of places to go during even the shortest breaks between meetings. Take a historic walking tour of the town, browse art galleries and antique stores in the vibrant downtown area, shop any of the 68 stores at the Grand Teton Mall or watch a local performance at a community theater.

Team Building

Business is all about networking and teambuilding, but event attendees can’t cultivate relationships if they spend all their time in meetings or individual hotel rooms. Local restaurants offer the ideal atmosphere for casual mixers or formal dinners. Looking for something a little more laid back? Insert some friendly competition with bowling, batting cages, paintball or indoor rock climbing, or disc golf at Freeman Park.

Location, Location, Location

As eastern Idaho’s largest city, Idaho Falls also boasts all the modern amenities travelers expect—without feeling crowded. There are upwards of 1,300 hotel rooms and several event venues to fit whatever size and need. Whether you are booking all 1,600 fixed seats at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium or you need a smaller meeting room within the Willard Arts Center, attendees will appreciate the beauty, hospitality and relaxed atmosphere that this city has to offer.