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North Central Idaho is packed with breathtaking views of Hells Canyon, rolling hills of farmland, and flower-filled meadows. Rich in outdoor activities, the region is known for its rafting and fishing opportunities, while towns like Orofino, Kooskia, and Kamiah, with their small-town hospitality, are the perfect base camps for recreation access. North Central Idaho is one of the most beautiful parts of the state with one-of-a-kind day trip opportunities from Moscow, Lewiston and the surrounding areas.

Jet boating, Hells Canyon, near Sheep Creek Ranch. Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.
Whitewater Rafting, Lower Salmon Canyon, near Lewiston. Photo Credit: Idaho Tourism.

Tour the many important and sacred sites that make up the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which celebrates the Nimi’ipuu, who have hunted, fished, and lived on these lands for thousands of years.

Moscow, home of the University of Idaho, is a vibrant small city with a farmers market, as well as outdoor music and theatre performances. Lewiston, with nearby Lewis-Clark State College, has a charming downtown and wineries that will surprise and delight wine lovers everywhere.

North Central Idaho is perfect for bike rides while the ultra-adventurous can navigate the Salmon, Snake and Clearwater rivers by jet boat or raft. Riggins, a well-known fishing and rafting destination, is about two hours south of Lewiston on Highway 95.

In colder months, three ski areas provide winter fun: Bald Mountain, Cottonwood Butte and Snowhaven.

Check out our featured video on North Central Idaho from our Epic Idaho web series below. Sample an array of Idaho adventures with wine tasting, a historical trek among giants and a whitewater ride you’ll never forget.

Getting to North Central Idaho

Whether you pack up the car or hop on an airplane, this list of scenic byways and nearby airports will simplify your travel plans.

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