Places to Visit: Lewiston Idaho

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Lewiston Idaho

Northeast of McCall, at the point where the majestic Snake River flows into the Clearwater River, sits the lovely city of Lewiston, Idaho. Read More

  • Just out of Lewiston is the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. 
  • Close to Hells Canyon, the area provides an abundance of outdoor recreation.
  • Lewis and Clark camped here in 1805. 
  • Miles of paved trails along the rivers, perfect for bikers, joggers, and walkers.

Overview

Lewiston is unique in that it is the only seaport in Idaho and the most inland seaport in the entire western U.S. Long before the town existed, Lewis and Clark made camp here, likening the scenic beauty and mild climate to paradise. The name “Lewiston” was given to the future townsite, which was established in 1861. Whether you are just passing through or planning to stay a week, there is plenty to see and do while you’re here.

Location

Lewiston is situated at the confluence of Idaho’s Clearwater and Snake Rivers, approximately 162 miles northeast of Idaho just off the Washington border.

Services & Amenities

Lewiston has a variety of restaurants for dining, as well as numerous fine hotels and cozy B&Bs for lodging.

Activities

Lewiston offers a variety of activities including year-round golfing; endless paved pathways along the rivers perfect for jogging, walking, or biking; and numerous water sports such as whitewater rafting, swimming, sailing, boating, and water-skiing. Nature lovers can enjoy plenty of hiking trails and places to camp. During the winter, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are available close by.

Attractions

  • Hells Gate State Park - Just 4 miles south, this park is often referred to as the gateway to the magnificent Hells Canyon. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Center located at the park has both indoor and outdoor interpretive displays.
  • Nez Perce National Historic Park – This park is just 30 minutes north of Lewiston near Spalding contains fascinating exhibits and artifacts depicting the history and culture of the Nimi'ipuu.
  • Lewiston-Clarkston Levee pathway – this paved path follows the Snake River for nearly 30 miles.

Getting Here

Getting to McCall from Lewiston is simple. Head east on Hwy 12 for about 9 miles - where it becomes Hwy 95. Continue south on Hwy 95 for 142 miles to New Meadows, then go south on Hwy 55 for 12 miles to McCall. As you leave Lewiston you will drive through the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Between Grangeville and McCall there are many scenic places to stop and hike, fish, picnic, or camp.