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Jackson to Twin Falls, Idaho

Nowhere to stay

rain 20 °C

We awoke to a very overcast, rainy day with very low cloud (but we were at 6,237'). The forecast for the next few days was the same, so we decided to push on. To avoid the 8,431' Teton Pass, we took the very scenic loop road that followed the Snake River and then the Palisades Dam and ended up in Idaho Falls. We were actually heading for Pocatello but thought we'd drop into the Visitor Center to get some information on the route of the old Oregon Trail - it was closed but a strange/friendly woman appeared at the door, let us in, gave us a few brochures, told us that the river-walk close by was very good and that the town of American Falls was great. So we drove to the river nearby and yes, the walk and falls were very nice


The historic area of Pocatello has been given good reviews in several articles, however the reality is that the buildings have been well restored but nobody goes there, it's like a ghost town. Unfortunately we've seen this all over - Coos Bay, Eureka, Crescent City to name just a few. So on we drove to American Falls. This was one of the most depressing towns we saw and we left immediately. We saw nowhere to stay in Pocatello or American Falls (and wouldn't have wanted to), so our only option was to follow the Snake River down to Twin Falls. We stopped at a couple of National Historic sites where the Oregon Trail had run


We finally arrived in Twin Falls about 7:30pm and after some difficulty found La Quinta hotel/motel. The front-desk women were incredibly friendly and helpful and after we'd agreed on a room and price, they decided to upgrade us to a suite and this really was a suite - downstairs was a large bedroom and a large lounge, and upstairs was a jacuzzi

Posted by kforge 08:39 Archived in USA

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You really need to stay away from those strange / friendly women Kevin. It is rarely a good combination, in my view.

by Steve Adams

So happy was the La Quinta to see actual people and not ghosts, how could anybody behind a La Quinta desk not upgrade you the moment you walk in !!! silent stand-up up-grades, I love it!!! :)

by Danielle Purcell

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