The Palouse offers a dynamic setting in which outdoor recreation, arts, education and agriculture blend. Whether you’re a hiker, a hunter, a biker, a fisher or a water enthusiast, the Palouse region has something to offer everyone, from urban activities to outdoor adventures.
If you’re looking for a peaceful and scenic escape from big city life, Moscow and its surrounding towns offer the ideal place for work and play. In fact, Men’s Journal described Moscow as a "hip little city" and one of the nation’s five best places to live among college towns.
Located in northern Idaho, in Latah County (population 35,169), Moscow is home to Idaho’s oldest land grant university, the University of Idaho. With a distinctive combination of educational programs, the acclaimed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Vandals athletics, the University of Idaho brings culture, intellect and diversity to our area. Further stimulating our region is Washington State University, just eight miles to the west.
When you’re ready for a little entertainment, you’ll find theatre, arts, music and more. Downtown Moscow features an independent bookstore, several coffee shops, a brewery, a winery, restaurants and a food co-op. A thriving farmers market operates April through October and features fresh, local, organic produce and arts and crafts.
If you prefer life on the links, golfing is nearby, with many premiere courses to challenge you. These include the Palouse Ridge Golf Course, Moscow Elk's Golf Course and the University of Idaho Golf Course.
When the fish are biting, life is good. The Palouse offers numerous lakes and rivers within a short drive. If you’d rather float the river, numerous rafting outfitters can guide you through the world-class whitewater of the Salmon, the Snake and the Clearwater rivers. You can tackle mountain biking trails a few miles from town. Or if you prefer pavement, you’ll love the Latah Trail, the Bill Chipman Trail or any of the pastoral country roads that stretch for miles through agricultural crops like wheat and lentils.
When you need a big-city fix, Spokane is only 85 miles away. And with no traffic to speak of, the drive is refreshing and stress-free. Seattle is 310 miles to the west and an easy one-hour flight from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. With an affordable housing market, great public schools, low cost-of-living, and a four-season climate, living on the Palouse is something that urbanites only dream of.
An important resource for seniors and health care professionals living on the Palouse is Project ACCESS. This organization provides mental health education and promotes continuity of care for rural seniors.