Founded in 1862 during the early part of the Gold Rush, the town of Lewiston was the first capital of the Idaho Territory. Its time as the government seat was short-lived, however, as the capital was moved to Boise in 1864. Located in the north central region of Idaho, Lewiston and the surrounding area is full of rolling farmland hills and amazing views of the Hells Canyon. Outdoor activities also abound throughout the area, not to mention history as well with the city being home to the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
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The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Lewiston, Idaho is home to its namesake Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. The canyon spans across a remote and vast region in both Oregon and Idaho, featuring dramatic changes in climate, vegetation, terrain, and elevation. The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area provides several opportunities for outdoor recreation activities, such as fishing and whitewater boating. There are also a number of scenic vistas, remote wilderness, and mountain peaks to explore with the recreation area’s trail system. There are several major trailheads visitors can use to discover the area’s natural beauty.
2.Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum
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The Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Nez Perce County and the surrounding area’s unique history, river navigation, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Nez Perce Indians. Operating primarily as a museum organization, the Nez Perce County Historical Society’s museum opened in the Heritage House in March of 1963, but moved to its current building in 1974. At the Nez Perce County Historical Museum, visitors can find out about stories of pioneering spirit, hardship, culture, innovation, courage, battle, friendship, and adventure of the region through several different exhibits and displays.
306 3rd St, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-743-2535
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3.Lindsay Creek Vineyards, Lewiston, Idaho
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Established in 2007 in the city of Lewiston with a motto of “taste our commitment,” the Lindsay Creek Vineyards was founded with primarily two things in mind: “make great wine and have fun in the process.” The vineyard has since expanded to encompass more than fourteen acres of wine grape production in the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area. The tasting room at Lindsay Creek treats visitors to excellent views of the surrounding Lewis-Clark Valley. Visitors can also do a wine tasting in the tasting room, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm until 9:00pm.
3107 Powers Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-746-9463
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4.Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho
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Clearwater Canyon Cellars offers visitors a laid back atmosphere in which to sample a variety of great wines in Leiston, Idaho. The tasting room of the company’s new winery is located in the Lewiston Orchards at the family’s Idaho Century Farm. Guests can experience the farm’s charm and history of a century-old farm at the vineyard Tuesday to Saturday from noon until 5:00pm, or by appointment. Named the 2015 Winery of the Year in Idaho, Clearwater Canyon Cellars offers wine tastings of the award-winning, ultra-premium wines they produce. The wines are made from grapes within a twenty-mile radius.
3143 10th St, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-816-4679
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5.Jack O'Connor Center, Lewiston, Idaho
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Opening to the Lewiston community in June of 2006, the Jack O'Connor Center showcases the wildlife collection as its permanent home, consisting of more than sixy mounted heads from all over the world, O’Connor memorabilia, and many photographs. Open daily, the center also has a complete collection of books about O’Connor and several outdoor magazine articles. Among the items on display at the Jack O’Connor Center are his famous Biesen stocked M-70 .270, as well as the 7x57 Mauser that belonged to Eleanor O’Connor. The two rifles have been written about more than any other rifles in history.
5600 Hells Gate Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-743-5043
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6.Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, ID
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The Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History is situated in the middle of historic Lewiston, Idaho and aims to offer a “common ground” for all art integration, providing opportunities for participation in and understanding of the arts through both traveling and permanent exhibits. Housed in a historic and beautifully restored building, the Lewis-Clark Center boasts the second largest exhibition space in the state of Idaho and is home to the Chinese Beuk Aie Temple, which includes an exhibit about the temple and the late 19th-century Chinese community’s history. Visitors can also see many Nez Perce tribal artifacts at the center.
415 Main St, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-792-2243
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7.Heritage House, Lewiston, Idaho
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The Heritage House, which formerly housed the Nez Perce County Historical Society and its museum, was originally a two-story block structure featuring an outdoor staircase and upstairs bedrooms. It is now a two-story frame bungalow-style historic house with a low gable roof, multiplane windows, and exposed rafters. Formerly the home of the Nutting family, the home was named the Nutting House when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Heritage House is now operated as a house museum and visitors may be able to take a tour of the Heritage House, depending on staff availability.
310 Third Street, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-743-2535
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7 Best Things to Do in Lewiston, Idaho
- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Photo: John McQuiston/stock.adobe.com
- Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum, Photo: Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum
- Lindsay Creek Vineyards, Lewiston, Idaho, Photo: Lindsay Creek Vineyards
- Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho, Photo: Clearwater Canyon Cellars
- Jack O'Connor Center, Lewiston, Idaho, Photo: Jack O'Connor Center
- Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, ID, Photo: Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History
- Heritage House, Lewiston, Idaho, Photo: Idaho Heritage Trust
- Cover Photo: Moab Republic/stock.adobe.com
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