At the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers, Lewiston is the lowest point in Idaho at only 738 feet above sea level. That’s why you’ll find a mild climate making outdoor activities possible almost any time of year. You’ll also see river traffic beginning the journey to the Pacific Ocean at the Port of Lewiston, the furthest inland western seaport.
Lewiston’s central location makes it an ideal base when exploring the region. Its quaint, tree-lined downtown offers a multitude of interesting shops, historic buildings, and the nearby campus of Lewis-Clark State College, which is home to numerous regional events. Walk or bike along the Snake River or take a refreshing break at one of the many city parks. There is plenty to see and do in Lewiston with many lodging and dining options for the day’s end.
Lewiston is the Gateway to Hells Canyon, North America's Deepest River Gorge. Guided jet boat tours take visitors into the scenic canyon and entertain them with stories of the native people, miners, and ranchers, some of whom still live in the canyon. Ancient petroglyphs show messages of people from long ago. Historic ranches show what life was like in the canyon. Big horn sheep, bear, deer, and other wildlife and birds can be seen.
Area wineries are also putting Lewiston on the map with a plethora of award-winning wines being produced every year. Nine wineries dot the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA and offer friendly tasting rooms and budget-friendly prices.
This is also home to the native people of this region, the Nez Perce or Nimiipuu (the People). Cultural tours and historic sites tell the story of their people. They share their culture through the telling of legends, songs, and drumming. And, take tours to sites that are of significant meaning to them.
Fishing is a year round activity due to the world-class runs of steelhead and salmon. During the fall and winter it's steelhead, spring and summer bring the salmon.
Golf fanatics love this area because of the mild temperatures year round. Most years, you can golf 365 days. Four courses offer a variety of challenges and scenery, many with views of the expansive valley and hills beyond.
April - Dogwood Festival & Art Under the Elms
May - NAIA World Series Baseball Championship
August - Hot August Nights Car Show
September - Lewiston Roundup | Thunder on the Snake Jet Boat Races
October - Downtown Artwalk