Lewiston Idaho

Lewiston Idaho and sister city Clarkston Washington, were named after the great explorers who opened up the American West — Lewis and Clark. Today, these twin cities at the gateway to Hells Canyon are hotspots of outdoor recreation and so much more. They also have an interesting story to tell. The Corps of Discovery, led by Lewis and Clark, arrived in 1805 and met with the Nez Perce natives at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake River.

Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho

When the pioneers came to the area less than a century later, they named the two new towns in honor of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The Idaho Territory was established in 1863, Lewiston was chosen as the capital. Over the years, the town grew up and flourished as miners, railroad magnates, and others found their success in Lewiston Idaho. It was not without conflict as the Nez Perce people were already living on the land. Eventually the state capital moved down to Boise, but Lewiston continued to march to its own beat and to flourish. Lately, the twin cities of Idaho and Washington have become an increasingly popular place to visit on vacation, thanks to the year-round mild weather and easy access to Hells Canyon, the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, and other amazing places to explore.

Lewiston Idaho Historic Downtown

Lewiston Idaho Historic Downtown
Lewiston Idaho Historic Downtown  Image: Idaho Tourism

One of the best places to experience the history and heritage of Lewiston Idaho is right in the middle of town. It’s always been a gathering place, even in the days of the pioneers, somewhere to go for a good meal and some shopping. In the last few years, the Chamber of Commerce has worked hard to upgrade the streetscape, making the historic downtown even more delightful. But this project did not erase the historical elements, so there’s plenty of history tucked among the shops, galleries, and restaurants. Walking tours are especially popular ways to discover Lewiston’s history — pick up a guide at one of the local merchants or book a guide who can bring the story to life. Downtown Lewiston also hosts many of the city’s events, including live entertainment on summer evenings and after-dark ghost tours.

Lewiston Idaho Hotels

Lewiston Idaho Hotels
Lewiston Idaho Hotels

Whether you’ve been seeking adventure or slowly strolling downtown Lewiston, it’s good to have a place to relax after the sun goes down. A host of Idaho hotels are located in and around Lewiston. You’ll find everything from off-the-beaten-path resorts to brand-name properties in the city center. In the fall, several of the Lewiston Idaho hotels offer special rates for the height of the hunting and fishing season. A choice in any season, the Clearwater River Casino & Resort is just four miles outside of town and is a popular choice; the 50-room property also has a spa and an indoor saltwater pool. While you’re walking to the next-door casino, you can enjoy the views of the Clearwater River.

Lewiston Idaho Airport

Lewiston Idaho Airport
Lewiston Idaho Airport

If you’re planning to arrive in Lewiston and Clarkston by air, you’ll want to book flights to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport, LWS. Direct flights connect Lewiston with Boise as well as Salt Lake City and Seattle — on a couple of regional carriers. From there, it’s not hard to connect with whichever airport is closest to home.

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