This working city is located at the confluence between the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, and along the state line between Idaho, Washington. It has an economy that is fueled by the timber, paper, and ammunition industries.

Here, the Snake River is navigable. Lewiston holds the distinction of being both the longest inland port east coast of the west coast and the only state seaport in Idaho.

These lands were home to the Nez Perce people who lived there when Lewis and Clark arrived in October 1805 for their famous expedition.

Lewiston is also where you will find Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in America, which can only be reached by water. Meanwhile, the Lewis-Clark Valley has been making waves in the wine business and was recently given an AVA.

1. Hells Gate State Park

Hells Gate State Park

The Snake River is just a short distance up on the south side Lewiston’s. This beautiful parcel of riverside nature, measuring 960 acres, offers camping, hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as fishing and kayaking.

Hells Gate State Park lies on mostly level ground that was created by Ice Age floods 15,000 years ago.

It was also home to a village of Perce Nez people. Evidence of this can be seen at the pit houses that are located just south of the campground.

You should also visit the park’s south end to see the amazing curved basalt formations at the cliffs that face the river.

In summer, you can rent a kayak from Hells Gate Marina in the north end. This is the starting point for your jet boat adventure to Hells Canyon. We’ll be discussing this next.

2. Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon

Lewiston, located approximately fifty miles up Snake River, is the nearest major settlement to Hells Canyon.

At almost 8,000 feet deep, this is the deepest river canyon in the United States. Road access is difficult for nearly the entire length.

You have a variety of options to choose from when you want to go up the Snake River. It will be a memorable experience that you’ll never forget.

These include Snake River Adventures (Beamers Hells Canyon Tours), Snake Dancer Excursions (Snake Dancer Excursions), and Beamers Hells Canyon Tours (Snake River Adventures). These companies use jet boats to speed up the journey through the white water. You’ll be amazed at the Northwest’s most remote landscapes.

You will have plenty of time to relax, hike, swim and spot wildlife on a half-day or full-day tour.

3. Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail

Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail

Walkers and cyclists can access almost 20 miles of riverbank along the Snake River and Clearwater Rivers.

Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail passes through a section of Hells Gate State Park via the Lewiston Parkway Trail. It crosses three bridges and continues onto Asotin on Washington bank. Six miles of Clearwater River are traced.

You’ll see spectacular views of Lewiston’s rolling palouse landscape, as well as glimpses of wildlife like Canada geese.

You can always find a bench to sit on or a place where you can take a refreshing dip in the water if you need it.

4. Wine Region of Lewis-Clark Valley

Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Region

This corner of the Northwest is home to sandy soils, rolling hills and crisp winters. It also has a long, warm ripening period that makes it ideal for making world-class wines.

In 1872, the first vines were planted at Lewis-Clark Valley. There was a small wine industry that lasted for several decades before it all disappeared.

The incredible potential of this region was not realized until the beginning of the new millennium. Now, vineyards are sprouting all over the area on the Idaho and Washington sides of the Snake River.

The Lewis-Clark Valley Region was awarded AVA (American Viticultural Association) in 2016. It is poised to explode.

You can go into the country to see individual estates, or you can take a tour with Lewiston-based companies such as Twisted Vine Wine Tours.

A few brands have tasting rooms in Lewiston or Clarkston so you don’t have to travel far to taste great local wine.

5. Downtown Lewiston

Downtown Lewiston

Lewiston has invested a lot in its downtown, which is filled with unique local shops that you won’t find elsewhere.

You will be tempted to take a stroll along Main Street to discover the historic facades, rows and flower beds, and sidewalk tables.

The tall hills that surround Lewiston rise up between the buildings every now and then. There will be charming storefronts featuring old-time awnings and fine heritage pieces like the Liberty Theatre, which dates back to 1921. The Blue Lantern Coffee House is for you if you are serious about your coffee.

The Lewiston Farmers Market is a great place to find fresh local produce. It can be found on Sundays at the corner Main and Mill Streets. The market is open from July through September and features a weekly concert series.

6. Lindsay Creek Vineyards

Lindsay Creek Vineyards

Lindsay Creek Vineyards is a great place to start your Lewis-Clark Valley wine adventure. It’s located in the open country just a few miles east from Lewiston.

Lindsay Creek’s winemakers were trained in wheat farming before they transferred their knowledge to the production high-quality wines. After obtaining certificates from Washington State University,

The vineyard is located on a high, dry ridge and has grown to over 15 acres. You can visit their terrace on Fridays or Saturdays to sample a Riesling, GSM, Malbec, Merlot, and other creative red blends by Lindsay Creek.

7. Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum

Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum

Nez Perce County’s history is rich and varied. You can visit this museum near the Snake River-Clearwater River confluence to learn more.

The museum features exhibits about the area’s volcanic geoology, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the story of navigation along the Snake River. It also includes information on the Nez Perce, Camas Prairie Railroad and early Lewiston settlement origins.

There are many interesting artifacts, specimens, and interpretive signs. But there is also a surprising amount for children in the form puzzles and other old appliances, such as a 19th century typewriter.

8. Basalt Cellars Winery

Basalt Cellars Winery

A small industrial park is located in Clarkston, which is surrounded by the Snake River’s impressive north bank. This area is home to an award-winning winery.

Basalt Cellars was founded in 2003. It sources grapes from Washington State’s top vineyards as well as its own property in the Lewis-Clark Valley AVV.

The tasting room is open from Monday through Saturday and seasonal on Sundays. You can taste red varietals such as Malbec and Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, as well perfectly pitched red blends.

Whites include Riesling, Cabernet Blanc, and Viognier. Roses include a Dolcetto, a GSM, and a Viognier.

9. Locomotive Park

Locomotive Park Holiday Lights

Locomotive Park is worth a stop off Main Street (US 12), and it is notable for its large steam locomotive, which has a permanent home at the west side.

Engine 92 is the last logging locomotive used by Potlatch Forest Industries. It now goes by PotlatchDeltic.

Engine 92 was bought by a logging company in 1942, 18 years after its construction. The city purchased it to display at the park when it was retired. Children can climb up on the antique machine and ring the bell.

Locomotive Park is a popular destination during the holidays for its creative Christmas light displays. The entire park lights up and visitors can take photos at special installations or warm up by the huge fireplace.

10. Lewis and Clark Discovery Center

Lewis and Clark Discovery Center

The small attraction was opened in Hells Gate State Park on the 200th anniversary the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

You can see indoor and outdoor exhibits that document Lewis and Clark’s trailblazing adventure and progress through the Nez Perce lands and north central Idaho.

You can view an informative film of 30 minutes, Lewis & Clark, From the Mountains to The Sea, inside. It is shown every hour starting at 9 am.

There’s also a two-acre interpretive area by the Snake River that is immersive and has a beautiful installation by Rip Carswell.

11. Asotin County Family Aquatic Center

Swimming Pool

This Clarkston-based pirate-themed aquatic center is accessible by crossing the Snake River at the Idaho-Washington border.

Summer’s biggest draw is the outdoor waterpark, with many slides, a lazy stream, a large adventure pool and a zero-depth pool. There are also plenty of places to relax in the sun.

There is an indoor lap pool with eight lanes and a length of 25 yards. A play area for children can be found next to it.

All this is combined with a high capacity hot tub, therapy pool and concessions, as well as a fitness area with weights, cardio machines, and a gym with weights.

12. Chief Looking Glass Park

Chief Looking Glass Park

The Clearwater-Snake National Recreational Trail’s southern end ends at Clearwater-Snake State Park, which is located on the Asotin side of the Snake River.

Chief Looking Glass Park is surrounded by a small clapboard church and offers beautiful views of the rolling hills of Idaho.

A large area of grass is available, with many mature trees and facilities for basketball and tennis. There’s also a boat launch, and a small beach area for those who want to take a swim in the Snake River in summer.

It can be quite rocky so flip-flops or swimming shoes are recommended.

13. Clearwater Canyon Cellars

Clearwater Canyon Cellars

Clearwater Canyon Cellars was recently named Idaho Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest. They have a tasting room on their estate in the tranquil Lewiston Orchards to the southeast of the city.

Clearwater Canyon’s wines are made from grapes from six vineyards scattered around the region and no further than 20 miles from Clearwater Canyon.

The range includes varietal wines such as a Carmenere and Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahs, Syrahs, Albarino, Chardonnay and Syrah. These can all be tasted at wineries.

You can chat with winemakers and walk among barrels and tanks.

14. Riverport Brewing Co

Grains For Brewing Beer

A well-loved, thriving craft brewery is located right next to Basalt Cellars Clarkston.

Riverport Brewing Co was established in 2008 and has enjoyed a great location because of the Palouse’s grain-rich hills.

You can enjoy a friendly taproom and deck, fill growlers, or order a pint of beer or a flight to try more of the brewery’s offerings.

A large selection of IPAs as well as lagers, porters, and blondes are available on tap. Riverport partners with local food trucks, and books live music.

15. Dogwood Festival

Dogwood Tree

Each spring, Lewiston’s many dogwood trees bloom with pink blossoms.

These blossoms are in full bloom during April and make a pink carpet of dust on the streets.

This event has been celebrated by Lewiston since 1985 with a month-long celebration in April that brings tens to thousands of people to the city.

There will be an AKC dog show, a river race, concerts, plays and exhibitions at different locations in Lewiston. Also, there will be a sports tournament, an artisans’ market with more than 100 vendors, and an auto show.