Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark can be a fascinating day trip, or the theme of an entire vacation. 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.
The 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 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 adventure. 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 trips.