Lewis and Clark Trail Road Trip Planner

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    Driving Tour Through Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon

    Replica of Fort Clatsop
    ••• Replica of Fort Clatsop, where the Corps of Discovery wintered near the Pacific Ocean. It is located near the town of Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River. ©Angela M. Brown (2007)

    Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark can be a fascinating day trip, or the theme of an multi-day road trip. Visiting the many historic markers, interpretive centers, and monuments along this long trail is a marvelous way to learn more about their journey through present-day Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. As you stand at the same sites where they once stood, look out at landmarks recorded in their journals, and view artifacts from their actual trip, their amazing story comes alive in a remarkable way.

    Lewis and Clark's Long Journey into Uncharted Lands

    The journey of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery stands as one of the United States' great adventure tales, its fascinating history gripping our imagination as both children and adults. Many of us fantasize about what it must have been like to travel into uncharted territory, surviving on our wits, teamwork, and the help of people met along the way. The journey took Lewis and Clark through the present-day...MORE states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota, which had already been traveled and charted by white explorers. They then moved into the uncharted lands of Montana, Idaho, and Washington, culminating with a passage along the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.

    Plan Your Own Lewis and Clark Adventure

    You can choose from a long list of Lewis and Clark sites to visit on your own road trip. Along the way, you'll see amazing scenery, fabulous wildlife, and diverse landscapes. Some sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail are easy to get to, others require off-road or water transportation. These travel guides, broken down by region, will help you plan your itinerary for one or more Lewis and Clark-themed road trips. I've included descriptions of the Corps experiences and activities in each region along with details about the landmarks and visitor centers you can visit today. There are links to information about other attractions, activities, and accommodations in each region as well.

    Map of Lewis & Clark's Route There and Back

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    Map of Lewis & Clark's Route There and Back

    Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition Route through Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon
    ••• The approximate route followed by Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery during the westward and return journeys.

    The Lewis and Clark Adventure Continues

    It's not to late to experience your own journey of discovery. Looking for something well off the beaten path? Try a paddling trip through the Upper Missouri Breaks in North Central Montana. Looking for a single region that offers many Lewis and Clark sites along with lots of other attractions and amenities? I'd suggest a few days in Astoria, with day excursions to Seaside and to Cape Disappointment. Is a scenic driving tour your desire? The route from Missoula to the Pacific Ocean offers truly diverse and magnificent scenery. Each of these options provide opportunities to stand where Lewis and Clark stood, to experience the same landscape they experienced, and to feel the wonder of discovery.