The Twin Falls temple is located less than a mile from the beautiful Snake River in southern Idaho. Though Twin Falls is one of the larger cities in Idaho, that doesn't mean large. With a population of less than 50,000, Twin Falls has a nice relaxed rural feel to it. This is evidenced by the large herd of cows that serenade you upon your arrival at the Twin Falls temple.
As you'd expect, with the name of the city, this temple sports a pair of waterfalls in front, on either side of the main sign announcing the temple name. The fourth temple in Idaho, its dedication happened just six months after the Rexburg Temple, 3 hours to the northeast. The grounds include a large, grassy expanse between the temple and an adjacent meetinghouse, as well as benches and flower gardens. It is a very pleasant and peaceful place to sit and meditate.
The surrounding area has some incredible natural and man-made wonders to see and visit. The Sawtooth National Forest is a prime example of the beautiful scenery available in the northwestern United States, and the Shoshone Ice Caves are a unique and fun place to visit, a place where you can go from 95 degrees to 30 degrees in temperature in just a few minutes. The Perrine Bridge spans a spectacular canyon, high above the Snake River, and, of course, Shoshone Falls are a must see when in the Twin Falls area. If you need to take a break from nature, the Herrett Center for Arts and Science is a nice museum, and a good way to kill a few hours.
For filling up empty bellies, Twin Falls has a few great options. Try the local eatery called the Twin Falls Sandwich Company, or the Buffalo Cafe, as long as you get there early. For something a bit more ethnic or spicy, Prasai's Thai Cuisine is fantastic, and La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant will keep the whole family fed and happy. Or go a little fancier with a steak or grilled trout at Elevation 486.