About this Tour
Difficulty Level : Easy

Join us for Preservation Idaho’s Idaho Falls Tour, a WalkAbout at Your Fingertips in downtown Idaho Falls. Experience this 1-hour self-guided walking/driving audiovisual tour through 100+ years of history and architecture. This interesting and entertaining tour introduces you to structures, landscapes, history, and stories that make downtown Idaho Falls unique and captivating.


  • Downtown’s evolution from a narrow crossing on the Snake River, through a railroad town boom and bust, to urban renewal decline and 21st-century revitalization
  • Residential and commercial structures spanning over 100 years of construction
  • Historic river, river crossings, rail, and road transportation corridors
  • Simple vernacular architecture through commercial Richardsonian Romanesque
  • Stories, myths, and legends associated with the people and places that make downtown unique

On this tour, you’ll find a map pinpointing the location of eleven (11) tour stops. These stops are listed beginning with an Introduction and ending with a Conclusion. When you reach the location indicated on the map, simply press play on the corresponding audio clip to hear your guide describe the location and its history. To view current and historic photos of this location, click the corresponding link labeled “View Photos” and scroll through the images – note that you may access and view the photos while the audio plays in the background.

Once purchased, you will have access to this tour for 48 Hours. We recommend accessing this tour on a mobile device with headphones and experiencing the tour in person. The tour can be enjoyed solo or with a group. $10 per download (plus processing fees).

This is a tour of both public and private places. Unless operating as a business, these sites are not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of property owners while enjoying this tour from the public right-of-way.

We hope you’ll enjoy this Idaho Falls WalkAbout at Your Fingertips. For similar self-guided tours, including one of Hyde Park, Boise’s first suburban commercial district, or the River Street Neighborhood in Boise click HERE.

Preservation Idaho also offers group tours led by knowledgeable guides and volunteers. For more information about the WalkAbout Boise and ArchWalks tours, click HERE.

Tour Stops

    Please buy this tour to get full access to audio files and more info.

This Preservation Idaho program is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Preservation Idaho. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this tour do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.Idaho Humanities Council, 50 years


Special thanks to Julie Braun Williams, Historian & Tour Creator, TAG Historical Research & Consulting (Barbara Perry Bauer + Elizabeth Jacox), Studio A, David Kociol, Museum of Idaho, and, Thrive Web Designs.

Image courtesy of Museum of Idaho. For sound effects credits, please contact Preservation Idaho at info@preservationidaho.org.


Preservation Idaho is a 501(c)3 organization and relies on the support from grants, members, sponsors, and donors. Our mission is to preserve Idaho’s historic places through collaboration, education, and advocacy.