Local Attractions

Activities In and Around Moscow

The Moscow Chamber of Commerce website provides an overview of things to do in Moscow and the surrounding area.

Outings on the University of Idaho campus could include a visit to the UI Arboretum and Botanical Garden or the Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery, a game of golf on the University golf course, or a trip to the UI Student Recreation Center.  Washington State University is located seven miles west of the University of Idaho hosting a number of attractions, including the Bear Research, Conservation, and Education Center housing grizzly bears that can be viewed by the public. WSU’s creamery produces outstanding ice creams and cheeses, including one-of-a-kind Cougar Gold cheese, with tours available to the public.  Be sure to visit Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe while you’re there.

Potential local trips in and around Moscow and Pullman include a visit to the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (a community organization that promotes the health and social welfare of the Palouse-Clearwater region), gentle hiking excursions at Idler’s Rest Park, biking along the Latah Trail, or hiking and mountain biking on the many trails of Moscow Mountain.  Hiking trails and terrific views can be had on Kamiak Butte, and spring in the Palouse offers opportunities for birding, wild flower viewing, and photography.

This area supports local artisan breweries, including several in Moscow (Moscow Brewing Company, The Alehouse of Coeur d’Alene, Tapped Taphouse and Kitchen, Rants and Raves Brewery, Hunga Dunga Taproom and Brewery) and Pullman (Paradise Creek Brewery).

There are also several wineries in the region: Merry Cellars Winery (Pullman), Camas Prairie Winery (Bovill), Wawawai Canyon Winery (Uniontown), Colter’s Creek Vineyards and Winery (Julietta), Lindsay Creek Vineyards (Lewiston), Clearwater Canyon Cellars (Lewiston), and Basalt Cellars (Clarkston).

Field trips slightly farther afield in Idaho include rafting and kayaking on the Salmon River near Riggins, biking excursions on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, or a visit to the Nez Perce tribal lands and the Nez Perce Historical Park.  Family activities include digging for fossils in Clarkia, digging for star garnets at Emerald Creek Garnet Area (a USFS site) near Clarkia, or a visit to the Wolf Discovery Center near Winchester.  Spring runoff creates spectacular waterfalls, including Elk River Falls and Palouse Falls.  To the north is the Silverwood Amusement Park featuring rides and an outdoor water park.  Idaho offers outstanding fishing opportunities, including blue-ribbon fly fishing on the Lochsa River, kokanee fishing on Dworshak Reservoir, and sturgeon fishing on the Snake River

Backpacking and hiking opportunities abound in regional wilderness areas and national forests, including the Seven Devils peaks in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area and the Frank Church River-of-No-Return Wilderness, the largest contiguous wilderness in the Lower 48 States.  Camping and adventure equipment can be rented from the University of Idaho Outdoor Program Rental Center.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS

Bloom, Independent Art House and Café

403 S. Main Street

Moscow Alehouse

226 W. Sixth Street

The Breakfast Club

501 S. Main Street

Moscow Bagel & Deli

310 S. Main Street

D. Willy’s Blues, Brew & BBQ

112 W. Sixth Street

Moscow Food Co-op

121 E. Fifth Street

Einstein’s Bagels

Idaho Commons – UI Campus

Old Peking

505 S. Main Street

Gambino’s

308 W. Sixth Street

Patty’s Mexican Kitchen

450 W. Sixth Street

Humble Burger

102 N. Main Street

Panda Express

1932 W. Pullman Road

Jimmy John’s

529 S. Jackson Street

Qdoba Mexican Grill

1970 W. Pullman Road

Kitchen Counter

214 S. Main Street

Red Bento

215 W. Third Street

La Casa Lopez

415 S. Main Street

Smoky Mountain Pizza

1838 W. Pullman Road

Last Frontier Pizza

100 W. 4th Street

Stax Sandwich Shop

402 W. Sixth Street

Martin’s Smokehouse

115 East 2nd Street

Taco Time

401 W. Sixth Street

Mikey’s Gyros

527 S. Main Street

UPSCALE/FINE DINING

Lodgepole

106 N. Main Street

Sangria Grille

2124 W. Pullman Road

Maialina

602 S. Main Street

Seasons Public House

Best Western Plus University Inn

1516 W. Pullman Road

Nectar Restaurant & Wine Bar

105 W. Sixth Street

Tapped

210 S. Main Street

BARS, BREWERIES, AND COFFEE HOUSES

Bucer’s Coffee House and Pub

201 S. Main Street

Mingles

102 S. Main Street

Café Artista

218 S. Main Street

One World Café

533 S. Main Street

Garden Lounge

313 S. Main Street

Rants and Raves

308 N. Jackson Street

Hunga Dunga Brewing Company

333 N. Jackson Street

Starbucks

760 Deakin Avenue, Vandal Store

John’s Alley Tavern

114 E. Sixth Street

Starbucks

1994 W. Pullman Road