North Central Idaho is home to vast wilderness, pristine rivers, deep canyons, and rolling hills. Take a road trip along the historic Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway and discover charming small towns. Hop aboard a guided jet boat or rafting tour in Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, or the Salmon, Snake, Lochsa or Selway rivers, some of the wildest and most scenic around.
Visit the many important and sacred sites that make up the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which celebrates the Nimiipuu, who have hunted, fished and lived on these lands for thousands of years. Taste your way through the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA wine region and discover the award-winning wines that call this area home. So, pack your bags, take off an extra day (or two) and experience the natural splendor of Idaho.
Scenic driving in North Central Idaho is as diverse as the region. Mountains, river valleys, rolling hills and sweeping prairies are waiting for you to explore. Hop in your car, RV or motorcycle and follow in the steps of history. Roll down the window and breathe in the mountain air. Pull off riverside and have a picnic or throw a line and reel in a trout, salmon or steelhead.
Explore Idaho’s longest byway, Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. Drive one of Idaho’s oldest highways, the scenic and historic White Bird Grade. Wind through train trestles and by the World’s Largest Beagle on the Camas Prairie. Stop in at the state’s tallest waterfall, largest tree and tallest bridge on the Elk River Backcountry Byway.
Follow Our Rivers
Recreation revolves around our rivers. You’ll find five of the best whitewater rivers to raft in North Central Idaho. Whether you’re looking for a scenic float on the Clearwater River, the epic “rough water” of the Lochsa River, the wild and scenic Salmon River of No Return or a multi-day trip through Hells Canyon, it’s an unforgettable adventure.
Fish year round on lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs. Catch the fall and spring steelhead and salmon runs. Hike to an alpine lake stocked with fish for a unique experience.
Explore Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge on a guided jet boat tour. The scenic vistas, mountain peaks, abundant wildlife, artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early settlers will have you awe-struck.
Pair your adventure in North Central Idaho with a fresh approach to cuisine, wine and craft beer. Map out your culinary trail with a variety of mouthwatering dining options, award-winning wineries and the region’s craft breweries.
Discover for yourself what makes North Central Idaho a beautiful place to explore, learn about the rich native culture and experience one-of-a-kind adventures.