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Lewiston, Idaho

The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington sit where the Snake and Clearwater rivers meet, and enjoy temperate weather throughout the year. They are so named for the intrepid explorers, Lewis and Clark, whose 1805 expedition found a warm welcome by the valley's Nez Perce nation.

Spend a day in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area - hike trails to spectacular valley views, or fish for steelhead and sturgeon. Shop for artisan crafts and see the towns blanketed in delicate pink blossoms at the Dogwood Festival in April. Explore the history and culture of the Nez Perce with a trip to the Nez Perce National Historical Park.

Grab a cup of joe and a slice of savory breakfast casserole at Daily's Bakery. Go ahead and treat yourself to a house-made maple bar while you're at it. Dig into a hot bowl of spicy tom yum soup or soak up leftover curry sauce with fresh baked naan bread at Emperor of India King Thai.