View of the Snake River from atop Lewiston Hill
Outdoor paradise loaded with rafting, hiking, golfing and local history
Enjoy the Outdoors
The Gateway to Hells Canyon, south of Lewiston, is a 16-kilometer-wide canyon (deep river gorge) along the Idaho, Washington and Oregon borders. Hells Gate State Park, once the site of a Nez Perce Indian village, offers riverside camping with canyon boat trips while Hells Canyon National Recreation Area offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure, including river rafting, fishing and hiking. Take a jet boat tour of the canyon with stops along the way to see petroglyphs, a shipwreck site and artifacts. Also in the area: Salmon River Canyons, a breathtaking area of rafting and swimming on the largest river without a dam in the continental USA.
Lewiston’s mild climate makes it the perfect destination for nearly year-round recreation; when other areas are awash with snow, Lewiston’s golf courses can still be played. Other outdoor activities include hunting and camping. Hike, bike or jog pathways along the city’s pristine rivers.
Explore Local Culture
Lewiston is at the heart of the early 1800s expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Get a history lesson by taking a driving tour of the Lewis and Clark Trail or visiting the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center at Hells Gate State Park. Discover the history of the Nez Perce Tribe with a visit to the educational Nez Perce National Historical Park. Or, further your understanding of the area’s history with a trip to the comprehensive Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum. Fans of the famed hunter can visit the Jack O’Connor Center to hear tales and see the taxidermy results of his hunting excursions in North America, Asia and Africa.
Pick up a map and take a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Lewiston and its tree-lined Main Street with eclectic shops. When you’re ready for a break, visit local wineries, breweries and distilleries.