Guide’s Eye View: Lewiston, Idaho

Located at the confluence of the Clearwater and the Snake Rivers, Lewiston, Idaho is the gateway to both the Hells Canyon and Lower Salmon River canyons.  Established in the mid-19th century in response to a nearby gold rush, today, Lewiston continues to have plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.  Here are some guide favorites…

Lewiston, Idaho

A river guide’s picks for where to eat and what to do while you’re here

Lewiston Levee Parkway – If you want to see everything Lewiston has to offer, the best way to do it is by heading out on the Lewiston Levee Parkway.  This extensive trail system links up with the Clearwater and Snake River Recreation Trail to offer 25 miles of paved riverside access for walking, jogging and biking. Your Guide Recommends: Rent bikes from Follett’s Mountain Sports and spend the day leisurely exploring Lewiston’s extensive river front and historic downtown district.

Hells Gate State Park – Located just five minutes from downtown Lewiston, Hells Gate State Park has activities for everyone in the family. Spread out a picnic blanket in the shade, monkey around on the playground, walk the river trail or get your feet wet with a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak rental. Your Guide Recommends: Rent a SUP from Tri-State Outfitters and spend a morning fine-tuning your paddling skills on the Snake River.

Blue Lantern Coffee House – Located in a historic building on Lewiston’s shaded Main Street, the Blue Lantern’s vintage decor, large curved windows and handcrafted treats make the perfect office away from home.  Already in vacation mode?  A carefully selected menu of locally crafted microbrews and wines make the Blue Lantern a perfect café for spending a few hours with your traveling companions.  Your Guide Recommends: An iced latte and the quiche of the day.

Lewiston Idaho Farmers Market | Photo: Discover Downtown Lewiston

Discover Downtown – Downtown Lewiston has undergone a major revitalization in recent years. Dubbed Lewiston’s “cultural corridor,” it’s where you’ll find local shops, restaurants, art galleries, regular events, and more. Your Guide Recommends: The weekly summer concert series at the Lewiston Farmers Market in Brackenbury Square (July – September).

Tacos Cecy – Walk in the door of Tacos Cecy and you’ll feel like you have a) transported yourself from Idaho to Mexico and b) joined the Lewiston family. With a dedicated local following, fresh ingredients and family-friendly prices, this taco truck turned small restaurant is Lewiston cuisine at its best. Your Guide Recommends: Two Walla Walla tacos (onion, avocado and your choice of meat), two tamales and a Negra Modelo (or two).

This article originally appeared in the OARS Adventures catalog. Request your FREE copy of the latest edition here.

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Photos: Tami Freed, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston


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