No matter what time of year you visit, there is something magical to see and do in Pocatello, and booking with Choice Hotels is your first step to a fun-filled vacation. Whether you prefer winter cross-country skiing or summertime hiking, this beautiful small city in the heart of eastern Idaho has something for you. And when you are ready for some tourist pursuits, be sure to visit some of these attractions:
The Museum of Clean does not take itself too seriously—but it is serious about cleanliness, which could potentially solve most of the world’s problems. In the meantime, this is a delightful jaunt through the history of cleaning products and some of the more creative ways people have devised to get things clean, including a rocking-chair-powered vacuum cleaner. There are a lot of hands-on exhibits to engage children, and the building runs on green energy.
From dinosaurs to Bigfoot, the Idaho Museum of Natural History covers a tremendous spectrum of time and space in a small physical area. On the campus of—and affiliated with—Idaho State University, the museum is both a center for scholarly research in anthropology, earth sciences and life sciences, as well as a lively museum with hands-on exhibits to entice children to explore. Watch for special classes and events, and note that the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
If you’d like to explore outside, then the Fort Hall Replica is for you as you walk through this reproduction of an old trading post. See the blacksmith’s shop, the meat room, the trading room and the officers’ area to get a feel for the people who lived and worked here, and what they did. Afterward, cross the field to take in the rest of the old town–school, church, saloon and other buildings. Buffalo and elk graze nearby, and a small museum completes your visit.
If you are ready to do something more than just gaze, then visit the Old Town section of Pocatello, where shopkeepers are constantly restoring and/or enhancing their buildings. Go here for the shopping, stay for a restaurant meal and try to catch the farmers market if you can.
The architecture of the Old Town is lovely, but for something completely different, check out the Standrod Mansion. Built in 1902 for judge, attorney and financier D.W. Standrod, the two-story house was designed in the “chateauesque” style, which features detailing loosely based on the monumental 16th-century French chateaux. Once a municipal building and then the home of Pocatello’s self-styled witch—who delighted local children with an exciting Halloween experience every year—the mansion is no longer open to the public, but is well worth a drive-by.
And a final architectural treasure is Trinity Episcopal Church, located in the Old Town, designated as an historic sight under the National Register of Historic Places and classified as American High Victorian Gothic. Take a few minutes to go inside and see the stained-glass windows, which display a wide range of glass-making techniques.
Whether you are interested in the city’s attractions or find the wild areas that surround the city attraction enough, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Take a moment to book one of the Pocatello, Idaho hotels below so that you can be close to everything that there is to see and do here.
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