Clarkston, affectionately known as "The Gateway to Hells Canyon," prides itself with mild winter climate, enabling golf to be played year round on picturesque courses. While jogging or strolling along one of the many river paths or levees, species of wildlife and vegetation enhance a rural atmosphere of tranquility. Appointed National Tree City in 1996, some of the loveliest dogwood, elm, maple and fir trees are located in the city's recreational parks. Early spring kicks off the Asotin County Fair with a true wetern cowboy rodeo, excietment and fun for all the family.Sunflower and Lewis and Clark Days, jet boating the Hells Canyon, hunting and fishing offer an abundance of leisure time opportunities. Research history of the Nez Perce Native American Indian, visit the Asotin Museum full of pioneering history and exhibitis, or view bronze sculptures and paintings by local artists at the Valley Art Center. Clarkston also offers a variety of local craft and antique stores displaying wares of yesteryear.
The city becomes a winter wonderland of lights during the Christmas festive season. Vernon Park transforms to a Victorian lighted village scene with a display of utmost beauty. This Christmas lighted street parade with marching bands, carol singers and colorful decorated floats together with Nativity plays, craft fairs, hot chocolate and popcorn, announce the arrival of "Christmas in Clarkston".
Asotin County's largest city, Clarkston, is located across the Snake River from Lewiston, Idaho. First known as Jawbone Flat, Clarkston was accessible to Lewiston residents by ferry.
Most of the older stores in town are located on Fifth and Sixth streets downtown, although there are quite a few businesses on Bridge Street, or Highway 12, that travels into downtown Lewiston.