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60 Things to See and Do in the Lewis Clark Valley

1.  Golf nearly year-round! Two country clubs, two public courses, driving range, 18 hole putting course, a PGA approved practice facility and miniature golf.

2.  Swim indoors & out at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center, waterpark and natatorium. Water slides, lazy river, wave pool, 25 yard lap pool, and more! 1603 Dustin Loop, Clarkston. (509) 758-0110.

3.  Hear the wonderful music of the Washington-Idaho Symphony. September to April season. 1-800-949-ARTS.

4.  Drive 8 miles up Old Spiral Highway (also known as the Old Lewiston Grade) for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Valley from the top of the Lewiston Hill.

5.  Camp, hike, and swim in the Snake River at Hells Gate State Park, 2 miles south of Lewiston on Snake River Avenue.

6.  Go ghost hunting! Take a 2 hour walking tour where "ghosts" have been encountered in historic downtown Lewiston. Explore passages below the sidewalks and visit subterranean areas that have not changed for 100 years! 3rd & Main, downtown Lewiston (Morgan's Alley). $20. For reservations call (208) 746-2289. IdahoHistoryTours.com   (NOT HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE)

7.  Head out to a ball game! LCSC is proud to host the NAIA World Series on Memorial Day Weekend. Or see the LCSC Warriors, LHS Bengals, CHS Bantams, and  American Legion Twins; or any of a number of local softball & baseball teams.

8.  Relax by the fountain in historic Brackenbury Square while shopping downtown Lewiston, 605 Main Street.

9.  See it live! Catch award-winning amateur theater at the Lewiston Civic Theatre. Regular season and special performances; 805 6th Avenue, Lewiston. (208) 746-3401.

10.  Explore shady Pioneer Park, location of Sacajawea Fountain, bandshell, and playground. 203 5th Street, Lewiston. Panoramic views of downtown Lewiston.

11.  Enjoy the Rose Garden from June to September, Highway 95 Interchange, North Lewiston.

12.  Study the early Chinese influence on the LC Valley at Beuk Aie Temple exhibit inside LC Center for Arts and History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston. (208)799-2243.

13.  Stop at the Nez Perce National Historic Park Visitors Center near Lapwai. 11 miles east of Lewiston on US 95.

14.  See M-60 Series Army Tank display in front of Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Avenue, Lewiston.

15.  Play with your kids in the Kiwanis Park playground, 700 Block of Snake River Avenue, Lewiston.

16.  Youth 14 or younger or handicapped of all ages can fish at Fred Warren Memorial Fishpond, North Lewiston. Stocked biweekly during season. Appropriate Idaho fishing license required.

17.  Take a jet boat excursion up the Snake into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area with one of the area's many licensed guides.

18. See Steam Engine 92 and Camas Prairie RR Caboose in Locomotive Park. Home of Winter Spirit Christmas Light Display, 2102 Main, Lewiston (Picnic Tables).

19.  See Tseminicum (meaning “meeting of the waters” in the Nez Perce language), a sculpture of a symbolic Earth Mother at the confluence in front of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Take the footbridge from parking on Lewiston side of Snake River near where D Street meets Dike Bypass Road.

20.  Visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. 733 feet above sea level. Take the footbridge over the Dike Bypass in Lewiston.

21.  Visit the Lewis Clark Discovery Center at Hellsgate Park, 4832 Hellsgate Road, Lewiston. Interpretive display and video open daily 8 a.m.; small park entry fee.

22.  See Ant and Yellow Jacket’s Battle. Nez Perce Indian legend in a stone formation at mile marker 11 on US Highway 12 east of Lewiston near Junction with Highway 95.

23.  See the 6,000-year-old petroglyphs. South of Asotin at Buffalo Eddy. Directions at Lewiston & Clarkston Chambers of Commerce.

24.  Explore Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston. (208)799-2243.

25.  Visit Jackson Baldwin Falls. This beautiful entrance to the Valley was built in memory of local children who have passed away—with cancer victim Jackson Baldwin as the inspiration. On the hillside below Red Lion Hotel, at the intersection of 21st Street and Main, Lewiston.

26.  Swim in local municipal pools throughout the summer. Bert Lipps Pool, Fenton Park—Lewiston; Orchards Pool—1140 Airway Avenue.

27.  Visit Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown, 16 miles north of Lewiston on Highway. 195. Open Thursday through Sunday. 509-229-3414.

28.  Float the renowned River of No Return, the Salmon River, with a licensed outfitter.

29.  Read about Coyote’s Fish Net, a Nez Perce Indian Legend, and see a stone formation depicting it at mile marker 307 east of Lewiston on Highway 95.

30.  Bicycle, jog or walk on the Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail. Almost 20 miles of wheel chair-accessible trails along Lewiston’s levee, connecting Clarkston and Asotin.

31.  Visit the Nez Perce County Historical Society Museum, 3rd and C Street, Lewiston. Open Tues.–Sat., March 1 to December 15. (208)743-2535.

32.  Experience Tuscany in the Northwest at Italianna Inn and GasLite Village, 2728 GasLite Court, Lewiston (at Sunset Park). Call 208-743-4552 for appointment.

33.  See life-size sculpture of Nez Perce and Appaloosa Horse “Indian Summer” at the Nez Perce County Courthouse, 1230 Main Street, Lewiston.

34.  Visit the inland seaports of Lewiston, Clarkston, and Wilma. Gateway to the Pacific Rim via 400 miles of river navigation on the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

35.  See the new Butterfly Garden in Eaves Arboretum, maintained by Modie Park Conservancy. Take the path north of Idaho State Veteran’s Home, 821 21st Avenue, Lewiston.

36.  Visit the historic Street Joseph Mission built in 1874. Turn right off US Highway 95, South of Lewiston, Jacques Spur.

37.  Learn the history of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers from the displays along Kiwanis Park path. Walk north toward the playground from the parking lot across from 915 Snake River Avenue, Lewiston.

38.  Fish Mann Lake. Follow Powers Avenue east in the Lewiston Orchards. Idaho fishing licenses required.

39.  See the life-size sculptures of Lewis, Clark, Twisted Hair and Nez Perce women in a forest setting at Centennial Mall on Lewis-Clark State College campus, 500 8th Avenue, Lewiston.

40.  Take a walking tour of historic downtown Lewiston. Brochure available at NPHS Museum on Third and C Street, Lewiston.

41.  Visit the Lewis-Clark Discovery Center at 721 6th Street, Clarkston. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

42.  Square Dance with the Twin City Twirlers. 2130 5th Avenue, Clarkston. (509) 758-3543, (208) 743-5873.

43.  Bowl at one of the Valley's two bowling alleys! Orchard Lanes, 244 Thain Road, Lewiston, (208) 743-7822; or Lancer Lanes, 1250 Bridge Street, Clarkston, (509) 758-6731.

44.  Watch wild ducks and geese on Lewiston Levee Ponds, Clearwater and Snake River National Trail, Dike Bypass Road, or Snake River Avenue, Lewiston. Wood ducks, pintails, mallards, buffle heads and more. Please don’t feed the birds; help us keep our wildlife wild.

45.  See plants indigenous to the area at the time of Lewis and Clark’s visit. Granite Lake Park, Port Way & 9th Street, Clarkston; Clearwater Landing, 31st Street and US Highway 95, North Lewiston.

46.  Browse for antiques at the Valley's many antique and gift stores! Just a few: Hangar Antique Mall, 935 Port Way, Clarkston; Bargain Hunter Mall, 1209 Main Street, Lewiston; Peddler's Paradise, 515 Main Street, Lewiston; Bella Lucia Antiques & Gifts, 710 Main Street, Lewiston.

47.  See fine art exhibits at Valley Art Center, 842 6th Street, Clarkston. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Weekdays.

48.  See the Lewis & Clark Commemorative Statues at both ends of Memorial Bridge, Lewiston.

49.  Experience the beauty and gentle fragrance of  hundreds of beautiful dogwood trees throughout the Valley.

50.  See a Model Train Exhibit at 0209 3rd Street, Lewiston. Open Fri.. & Sat., 10 a.m.–3p.m., May–September.

51.  Tour the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat. 7 acres. Adjacent to IDFG Headquarters, 1600 Warner Avenue. Self-guiding brochures.

52.  Ice skate indoors at the River City Skate Center, located at 1521 6th Avenue North, Lewiston. 208-798-7845.

53.  During April, enjoy the many activities for the whole family during the Dogwood Festival. Among the top 100 festivals in the nation.

54.  Watch a movie on the wall! Friday nights during summer, in the parking lot behind Main Street Lighting, 628 Main Street in Lewiston.  Concessions are available; bring chairs. 208-746-6246.

55.  See the State Tree Grove Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 7th Street, Lewiston. (208) 746-6857.

56.  Visit the site of Idaho’s first state capital (1863–1865), 3rd and C Street, Lewiston. Commemorative plaque.

57.  See the Asotin County Museum, 3rd and Filmore, Asotin. Open Tuesday through Saturday. (509) 243-4659

58.  Win big at the Clearwater River Casino & Resort, 17500 Nez Perce Road, just east of Lewiston on US 12/95, (208) 746-5733;  or Lancer Casino at 1250 Bridge Street, Clarkston, (509) 758-6731.

59.  See the Jack O'Conner Hunting Heritage and Education Center, famous for his contributions to hunting and outdoor magazines in the 1950s–1980s.  Located at Hell's Gate State Park, south of Lewiston on Snake River Avenue.

60.  Walk the Lewis and Clark Expedition Timeline in the sidewalk south of Rooster’s Landing, 1550 Port Drive., Clarkston.

61.  Tour the award-winning Basalt Cellars winery, 906 Port Drive, Clarkston. (509) 758-6442.

Notable Annual Events

Chocolate Extravaganza! February. A sumptuous chocolate tasting benefitting St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

Dogwood Festival. April. Fragrant dogwood blossoms throughout the Lewis-Clark Valley form the colorful backdrop for an entire month full of activities and events. Among the top 100 festivals in the nation!

Art Under the Elms. April. Hundreds of artists and crafters from around the region gather at Lewis-Clark State College.

Confluence Grape & Grain. April. This annual wine and microbrew tasting showcases the finest from both regional and national vineyards and breweries.

Lewis-Clark Kennel Club Dog Show. April. A 4 day AKC event featuring all-breed conformation judging, breed-specific supported entries, obedience, rally, and a handler's seminar!

Show & Shines. April–August! Enjoy classic cars and great food at multiple classic car show & shines from around the region.

NAIA World Series. May. Take me out to the ball game! Lewis-Clark State College's Harris Field is proud to play host to the NAIA World Series of baseball.

Lewis & Clark Symposium. June. A sharing of cultures and understanding the history of the Nez Perce people and the Lewis-Clark Expedition.

Rockin' on the River! July. A day of fun, sun, and great music for the whole family! Fabulous food from local restaurants & caterers—and some of the best music in the Northwest!

Hot August Nights. August. Classic cars, great classic '50s, '60s, '70s & '80s live music, dancing, and great food—what could be better?

Lewiston Round-Up. September. A top 50 PRCA rodeo and a member of the Big 4, the Lewiston Round-Up is always a great time! "She's wild!"

County Fairs. Asotin County: March–April; Nez Perce County: September. The Nez Perce County Fair and the Asotin County Fair showcase the best from around the region. 4-H, FFA, vendors, live music, great food, and more!

Great Snake Steelhead Roundup! November. An angler's dream! Thousands of steelhead available for both shore and boat fishing.

Winter Spirit at Locomotive Park. Thanksgiving through the New Year. Thousands of Christmas lights synchronized with festive holiday music—featuring retired locomotive Steam Engine 92 and the Camas Prairie Caboose! Relax by the fireplace or dance to holiday favorites!

Victorian Tea. December. A classic Victorian tea at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History.

American Legion Crab Feed. December. Feast on fresh crab at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds!

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