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Address: Lewiston, ID
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The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by jet...

The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by jet boat or raft. Those who explore this rugged wilderness will find ancient tribal carvings in the rocks, deserted ranches and closed-up gold mines.

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What a wonderful spot! Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America and the whitewater trips are unbelievable. Should be on everyone's bucket list.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

What a wonderful spot! Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America and the whitewater trips are unbelievable. Should be on everyone's bucket list.

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Thank primescot2
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We drove through the area rather than walking but it was still worthwhile. The road quality is good and the views are spectacular

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Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I love the day use area for only $5 if you don't have the parks pass. They have a wonderful playground for the kids to play on and they never get tired of visiting there. They even like the historical sites.

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The weather was great and the all day boat trip down the river was lovely. The hills were still green in the middle of June , but will be turning brown very soon. The park is very nice and the camping area is very nice too. There is a river near by and a nice bike trail and some hiking... More 

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Asotin
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful, scenic recreation areas in the world. The Hells Canyon Gorge is actually deeper than The Grand Canyon! Lots of fishing for the fishing enthusiast - bass, steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, etc. The canyon is breathtaking & I recommend anyone take a jet boat ride or a helicopter ride or book a fishing trip with... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I can't recommend a trip more highly. ROW Adventures is an outstanding organization (this was our second family trip with them). I took my four children (9,11,12,13) with ROW for a five day river trip. Family memories that will never be forgotten. Exciting enough for everyone, but not dangerous (assuming you listen to the guides). Guides were excellent. Idaho is... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a very curvy drive one elevation we passed said it was over 3,000 feet. We loved it. It takes more than a couple of hours to get to the dam, but the views are amazing and well worth the drive. There are a couple of very small towns, so I would suggest packing a lunch and some drinks.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Yes this is the deepest canyon in the US. Not the pretiest though. Very rough, remote, and hot is summer. We drove up the the dam, and took a jet boat tour. They do a really good job, and go over the rapids, even with our little ones. Plan to do something when you get there, 2.5h (from the Baker... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is breathtaking scenery. It is rugged and beautiful. From Enterprise, Oregon, follow Route 3 north toward Lewiston, Idaho. You will go through canyons with hairpin turns on a "road less traveled." Be sure to stop at the Joseph Canyon Overlook on the way. This roadtrip is one of the best in the USA. Be prepared to go very slowly... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Beautiful views both along the river and also at the top of one of the mountains looking down. Didn't try the boat rides they offer but they looked like they would be a lot of fun. Was a great drive along the river with many places to pull out and take a photo or just enjoy the scenery. The large... More 

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