Moscow, Idaho


Moscow, Idaho is home to the University of Idaho, and it offers an historic downtown district that’s still alive and well. You could easily make the town an overnight stop, or at least take time for a brief visit to downtown.

My Visit

I had a lot of driving to do on this day, but Moscow looked so darned nice, I decided to spend a little while on foot, getting to know the town.

Moscow has the feel of a great little college town.  Main Street is filled with businesses that are actually open for business, and there were plenty of people on the streets, enjoying the town.

You’ll find this fountain at 4th Street and Main Street.  Part of 4th is closed to traffic, making room for the small park.

Moscow’s Main Street includes at least two theaters.  The Kenworthy shows modern films, and also serves as a venue for plays and other events.  It first opened as an opera house in 1908.  Restoration began around 2000, and a digital projector was added in 2013, allowing the Kenworthy to stay open for the digital age.

Just down the street, the Nuart Theater lights up the town at night with another impressive marquee.  It first opened in 1935, and re-opened in 2004, as a community outreach mission, church, and theater.

You’ll find more great neon at the local drug store…

… and a few ghost signs, like this one for Brown’s Furniture.

Since I needed to cover a lot of miles, I wrapped up my visit to Moscow.  The Drivelapse video below will show you more of the town, since I did some driving-around before heading north on US 95.


The Bottom Line

Moscow, Idaho is worth, at the very least, a brief stop to enjoy the town.  Spend a little more time, and you may start thinking about moving here.


Moscow, Idaho is located in the northern part of the state, touching the border with Washington. US 95 runs north-south through the city, and Idaho Highway 8 runs east-west, providing a connection with Pullman, Washington, another college town, just a few miles away.

US 95 splits through town, and Moscow’s Main Street is located in between the north and south routes. The University of Idaho is located on the southwest side of town.

Drivelapse Video

Check out this time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from Lewiston to Moscow…

… and Moscow to Coeur d’Alene…

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