Columbia River Gorge
What better way to honor Lewis & Clark on your Columbia & Snake Rivers cruise than to spend some time exploring the twin cities named for them: Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. Clarkston is the innermost port of the Snake River, and home to North America’s deepest gorge, Hell’s Canyon. Not all of the cruise ships give you enough time. Consider planning an extra day in your vacation to properly explore the region.
Things to Do
Nez Perce National Historic Park
The park has thirty-eight visitor sites in four states – this is a non-traditional National Park. The Spalding Area Visitor Center lies east of Lewiston/Clarkston, a great place to start. North of Lewiston is the Confluence Overlook; the Hasatino Village Site and Buffalo Eddy are to the south. There are many other sites for anyone who wants to venture even further from the city limits.
Ghost Tours of Lewiston
Take a walking tour of historic downtown Lewiston! Explore areas that have remained unchanged for 100 years. Go below and explore the passageways under the sidewalks. And ghosts? Lewiston is home to historic buildings with documented paranormal activity.
The Lewis-Clark Valley has such a mild winter climate, you can golf all year round! Choose from four golf courses in the area: Lewiston Golf and Country Club; Bryden Canyon Golf Course; Quail Ridge Golf Course; and Clarkston Golf and Country Club.
Wineries in the Lewis-Clark Valley produced award-winning wines until prohibition destroyed the local business. In the last ten years, the valley has begun to reclaim its place in the world wine industry. Basalt Cellar wines have been winning gold and platinum medals, and offer you a chance to come in a taste their latest offerings. The tasting room is open Monday thru Saturday afternoons.
PAC Seaplanes – Hell’s Canyon Tour
Lots of people see Hell’s Canyon by jet boat – it’s a fun tour. But if that’s just not for you, perhaps you want to see the top rim of the canyon from a seaplane! Look down on the deepest gorge in North America, as well as the Seven Devil Mountains and the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
Places to Eat
Bojack’s Broiler Pit $$
The Lewis Clark Valley is famous for bite-size steak! Bojack’s is one of four restaurants that serve these steak bites small enough to pop in your mouth. Of course, you can always get a larger steak!
Roosters Waterfront Restaurant $$
This menu is as unique as its name. Their bite-size steak is grilled. This is a great place if you want to try something new – or something spicy! Also, sit on their deck and watch the river go by (and watch for your ship!). Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Hells Canyon Smokehouse $$
Ready for homemade barbeque? A local couple started this restaurant out of a passion for flavor, and that is reflected in their original recipes for seasoning and barbeque sauce. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Fazzari’s Finest $$
In the mood for pizza? Fazzari’s is the place to go in Clarkston. They’re known for quality toppings, even making their own crust and Italian sausage. Open daily for dinner, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Simple Eats $
Great place for sandwiches, salads, and homemade soup. Stop in for a bite, or get a sack lunch to go as you head off to your next activity! Vegan and vegetarian options. Open for lunch, Monday thru Saturday. Looking for the same creativity in a dinner menu? The owner of Simple Eats also owns Brock’s in Towne Square, formerly Jazzy’s. Open for dinner Wednesday thru Saturday.