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Fall in Love with North Central Idaho

August 22, 2022

Highway 13 from Grangeville to Elk City

Fall is the perfect time to plan a visit to North Central Idaho. Scenic driving is at its best! Hunting and fishing are at their peak. After the summer rush, you can fully absorb the history and culture of the area. Grapes are being harvested and wines are begging to be sipped. Cast your line and hook a beautiful steelhead or chinook, or bag the big game you've always had on your bucket list.

Scenic Drives

September and October are simply stunning with the display of fall colors. Historic and scenic byways can be found throughout North Central Idaho. Mountain vistas, river valleys, rolling hills, and sweeping prairies are waiting to show off their fall splendor. These scenic drives are well worth exploring. Be sure to check ahead on road conditions, winter can hit at a moment's notice.

Hunting & Fishing

Fishing on the Clearwater River near Orofino

Steelhead and salmon runs generally begin mid-August to the first part of September. According to the Idaho Fish and Game, the 2022 fall Chinook run is tracking ahead of the 10-year average bringing good news for anglers. Check for seasons and rules.

Deer and elk (Aug 2022-Feb 2023), black bear and mountain lion (Aug 2022-Jul 2023), and migratory and upland bird hunting are at their peak. You'll find world-class hunting in the millions of acres of forest service land and more.

History & Culture

Nez Perce saddle at the Nez Perce National Historical Park

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Nez Perce with a visit to the Nez Perce National Historical Park and the many other important sites throughout North Central Idaho. Walk in the footsteps of the Nimiipuu and learn about their traditions on of many Nez Perce Tourism tours.

Visit the area museums to learn more about the area's original inhabitants, Lewis and Clark Expedition, mining era, and other unique area facts.

Winery & Brewery Tours

Wine tasting overlooking the estate vineyard at Clearwater Canyon Cellars

Enjoy the flavors of the region with a winery or brewery tasting. Fall is the perfect time to explore, taste, and sip. Tasting rooms let you sample the fruit of the region, and in many cases, chat with the winemaker. The Lewis-Clark Valley AVA located in the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA area is producing award-winning wine that even the most distinguished wine palates are noticing. A little farther north, the Moscow, ID/Pullman, WA region is home to Idaho's oldest independent winery, along with several other wineries and tasting rooms.

Heaven's Gate Brewery in Riggins

Breweries dot the entire region of North Central Idaho and offer hand crafted ales, lagers, Belgians, and more, crafted with locally grown ingredients. Take time to explore the pubs and the small towns where they are located. You'll find your perfect pint in North Central Idaho and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

Find your perfect fall adventure in North Central Idaho and fall in love with everything our region has to offer.

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