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Moscow (Idaho)

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Moscow (Idaho)

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Moscow [1] is a city in Idaho with a population of around 22,000 people, an agricultural center and the home of the University of Idaho. The surrounding area is generally referred to as the Moscow-Pullman area -- Pullman is a city in Washington, that is fairly symbiotic with Moscow. They are 8 miles apart.

Get in

The closest airport is the Moscow/Pullman Regional Airport (PUW), 5 miles away. 33 miles away is the Lewiston-Nex Perce County Regional Airport (LWS). 90 miles away is the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Cheapest in/out flights are often through the Lewiston airport, which is served by more airlines and larger planes than Moscow/Pullman Regional Airport.

US-95 and Highway 8 both cross through Moscow.

Get around

Bus travel is extremely limited. Cars, like elsewhere in Idaho, are mandatory to get much done -- There are car rental services available at the Airport (Budget (509)332-3511 and Hertz(509)332-4485), and in town (Ambassador Auto, 1-800-422-0297). Enterprise Car Rental (208-746-2878) is available if you fly into Lewiston.

There is a bike trail between Moscow and Pullman. Bicycles are a common mode of travel in summer, but not in winter, due to the colder, wet weather. In the summer, it is very common for residents to bike-commute back and forth to work between Moscow and Pullman.

There are, at any given time, two to three taxi services in Moscow. There is significant turnover as they go out of business.


Moscow is a pleasant town where a great deal of the population is made up of full-time or half-time students rather than full-time or half-time workers. Thusly most of the businesses in the area are adapted to cater to the students, or other visitors. It has a few points of interest.

  • University of Idaho,[2] The most notable landmark, the University of Idaho has a large campus that takes up a considerable portion of the town.
  • Appaloosa Horse Museum, 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Phone: 882-5578 x-279 Fax:882-8150; E-mail: [email protected] Monday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. [3] A museum dedicated to the spotted Appaloosa horses. Free but suggested donation is $2 per person or $4 per family.
  • NRS, a premier river rafting clothing and equipment company is located in Moscow.
  • McConnell Mansion Musium, a mansion built in 1886, which is now a museum run by the Latah County Historical Society.


Moscow is fairly well located for outdoor activities.

  • Hiking - There are various national forests within easy driving distance; including places like the Hoodoo mountains and Saint Joe national(?) forest. Hikers would be advised to be wary of the roads, as not all of them are easy to navigate for all vehicles (or even any vehicles). Forestry Service roads are often easier hikes than actual hiking trails. Be well prepared whenever hiking in Idaho.
  • Skiing - Also available.
  • Farmer's Market - During the summer months, a few parking lots near the town square are blocked off and reserved for use by locals who sign up to have a tent or stand there. Usually available are many kinds of produce, jams and honey, small crafts (including pottery, textiles, and jewelry), and chalk (for children to draw on the sidewalk with). There is also usually live music performed in the square. The exact selection varies.
  • Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest[4] - A local music festival.
  • Mountain Biking - Moscow Mountain has a wide variety of mountain biking/hiking trails for a wide range of skill levels.
  • Rails-to-Trails - The 9-mile paved Chipman Trail connects Moscow and Pullman, and is a favorite with bikers, joggers and roller bladers. The 13-mile (11+ paved, 1.6 gravel) Latah Trail connects Moscow and Troy, and snakes through wheat fields and pine groves.


There are various Vandal (University of Idaho local sports team) souvenirs available, as well as a good number of other goods. Some local stores sell gems at reasonable prices, for a more unique souvenir.

There are stores with hiking, biking, and other gear for outdoor activities; if you shop around.


There are a variety of restaurants, but many are chain stores. Restaurants serving food other than American, Mexican, Italian, or Chinese are harder to come by.

  • LOCO GRINDZ - Located on Main Street in Moscow across from CJ's, traditional Hawaiian plate lunch. Hands down the best food in the entire area! Closed Sunday/Monday
  • Mikey's Gyros - Located on Main Street in downtown, Mikey's serves mainly Greek Gyros with many options. You can get other things like soups or salads, but don't expect a hamburger. A local staple.
  • Super China Buffet - Located in the Palouse Empire Mall. Good mostly-Chinese and American food, all you can eat. They also have very affordable take-out by the pound.
  • Pizza - Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Pizza Perfection (offers 2 for 1 pizza deal on take-out orders!)....
  • Basilios - Located in Pullman on Main Street with reasonably priced Italian food. Acoustically bright.
  • The Breakfast Club - Downtown, Main Street. Excellent, filling, and affordable breakfast starting at 6AM.
  • Patty's Mexican Kitchen - On 6th Street by the U of I. Great order-at-the-counter Mexican food. Try the unbelievably spicy Barbed Wire Burrito and the Fish Tacos. The only place in town where you can get vegetarian tamales. Great cheap food! They also do catering.
  • Sangria - Located on the Moscow-Pullman Highway, and has a strange mix of Asian, Spanish, and American food and atmosphere, but its good. Try just ordering a variety of appetizers and a pitcher of their very good sangria. Good vegetarian options.
  • Wingers - Right on HWY 8 in front of Winco, Wingers serves the best wings in Moscow/Pullman as well as having an appetizing menu and a bar.
  • Tucci's - Heading east through Moscow towards Troy, Tucci's is next to HWY 8 near Safeway and the Wells Fargo bank. It is an Italian restaurant that is a common place for college students to take their dates and offers a good staff and great food.
  • La Casa Lopez - Exquisite mexican food in a great atmosphere. Located on Main St. heading south from HWY 8.
  • San Miguel's Family Mexican Restaurant - Located on North Main Street, next to the Moscow Clinic. Delicious, attractively prepared, plentiful, reasonably priced, authentic (not Tex-Mex) Mexican food prepared any way you like. Especially remarkable are their 5 or 6 different homemade salsas. The tomatilla salsa is flavorful, the cabbage salsa is tasty and unique. Their Ranchero Salsa, made from several kinds of chillis they grow themselves, is the strongest, but the delightful flavors come through well, and are not overwhelmed by the heat. They have several Mexican beers on tap, and offer a variety of Mexican non-alcoholic beverages.


Moscow has quite a variety of bars that cater primarily to the college students. Most of the bars are located downtown.

-The Corner Club, this bar was recently featured in Sports Illustrated as one of the best sports bars in the country. The Corner Club is one of Moscow's unofficial historic landmarks. They feature free peanut night on Wednesday and have excellent popcorn throughout the week. Beers are purchased in 32oz 'tubs' and are incredibly cheap. The Club, as it is referred to by most, has a shuffleboard table and outdoor seating for warm weather. It is most frequented by the Greek student population from the University of Idaho.

-Mingles: This is a billiard bar with lots of tables by the hour and two pay by the game ($.50). It also has a large screen tv and a couple smaller ones with seating areas. This bar was in the top 100 college bars in a special college issue of Playboy magazine. On Sundays they have penny pool (one cent per minute...$.60/hour), and Thursdays ladies get free pool (can be a group of guys and girls, as long as a girl pays). This bar is frequented more by the off-campus students, so less annoying than some of the others.


  • Best Western University Inn 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho 83843, 208-882-0550 / 800-325-8765.[5] Excellent accommodations. Has a pool. Only one I've stayed in.

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