Sample an array of Idaho adventures with wine tasting, a historical trek among giants and a whitewater ride you’ll never forget. These epic adventures skirt some of Idaho’s roadless wilderness area so your trip will be a bit longer, but remarkably scenic, and well worth the extra time.
What to Do
Prepare to have your palette wowed with a stop at Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston. These wheat farmers turned grape growers offer a variety of wines served with a side of dazzling valley views. Enjoy a glass in the tasting room or purchase a bottle or two for later.
Explore the rich history, culture and traditions of the Nimiipuu people at the Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor Center in Spalding. One of more than three dozen historical sites that span Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, the museum features exhibits sharing the stories of how the Nez Perce shaped the inland Northwest.
Head over to Kooskia for a bit of R & R before hitting the wild rapids of the Lochsa River. Check in at River Dance Lodge for a dip in a hot tub with serene river views and a good night’s sleep. Once rested, wetsuit up with a river outfitter, like ROW Adventures, to tackle the splashy, thrilling rapids of the Lochsa River. With more than 40 rapids in a 30-mile stretch, you’re sure to earn your paddle prowess on this mighty Idaho river. But don’t worry, if this river isn’t quite your speed, there are more than 3,100 river miles to explore in Idaho with rapids that are just right for your crew.
After a day on the river, take a drive to the DeVoto Memorial Cedar Grove near Lowell. Pack a picnic lunch and stroll through stands of ancient western red cedar trees (some more than 2,000 years old!). You’ll find two trail options for exploring, with a paved option available for wheelchair accessibility and a picnic area.
Follow Idaho’s breathtaking U.S. Highway 12 east to Lolo Pass where you’ll head into Montana. Continue your scenic drive south on U.S. Highway 93, where you’ll cross back into Idaho near Lost Trail Pass and head for the town of Salmon. Just 20 miles southeast of this quaint Idaho town, you’ll find the start of the Lewis and Clark Back Country Byway. This single-lane, gravel road will lead you to Lemhi Pass, where the Lewis and Clark expedition first crossed the Continental Divide as it was heading west. This historical site, among others, is well worth the detour.