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A Guide to Year-Round Lovely Lewiston, Idaho

It’s a rare combination of small-town friendliness and one of the most expansive outdoor playgrounds one could imagine.  Lewiston, Idaho has something for everyone, be it young families looking for their first taste of the American West, daredevils seeking an adrenaline rush or couples wanting a peaceful getaway set against nature’s beautiful backdrop.

Lewiston is situated at the confluence of the Clearwater River and the Snake River in the northern part of the state and just miles from the Idaho-Washington border.  The city is filled with quirky trivia (did you know Walt Disney wed his love Lillian at Lewiston’s Episcopal Church of the Nativity in 1925?) and rich history.  For thousands of years the region was home to the Nez Perce Indians who lived off the land and drew hieroglyphics on cliff walls that are still visible today.  In the early 1800s, famed exploration team Lewis and Clark encountered the area as they traveled across the country en route to the Pacific Ocean, but the city wasn’t officially founded until the gold rush of the 1960s.  It became Idaho’s fist capital city soon after but that honor was short lived and transferred to Boise about a year later.

Becoming Idaho’s former capital city may have been for the best however.  Lewiston remains an unspoiled and laid-back getaway tucked amongst some of the state’s most beautiful scenery.  Its population of 32,000 fluctuates with seasonal influxes of visitors who come for the outdoor adventures and colorful local festivals.  Lewis-Clark State College plays a significant role in the makeup of the area and brings sporting events and arts opportunities to the Lewis Clark Valley.

When to visit Lewiston, Idaho:

Thanks to four distinct seasons, there’s always something new and exciting to do in Lewiston.  Spring temperatures are generally mild and in the low 50s-60s and are perfect for hiking, biking, golfing and jogging.  Summers range from high 70s to high 80s with plentiful recreation opportunities including water sports like whitewater rafting, river tubing, canoeing, boating, kayaking and swimming.  Fall sees the thermometer drop to low 50s and downwards making for great drives to see the changing leaves as well as the beginning of hunting season.  Winters are cold but short, with temperatures dipping into the negatives as snowmobilers and snowshoers bundle up and hit the trails.

Getting here:

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport offers easy access to the area with frequent direct flights to and from Seattle, Boise and Salt Lake City via Delta and Alaska Airlines.  For those who prefer the scenic route, the city is connected via U.S.-95 and U.S.-195.