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Lewis and Clark Trail

Representing a fascinating chapter in American history, the Lewis and Clark Trail boasts breathtaking views and numerous historical sites which make it a bucket list item on any Oregon vacation itinerary. An exciting step back in history, there is no more fun way to learn than by being in our beautiful dense forests.

Did you know that in 1805 Lewis and Clark ended their westward journey at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, OR. Here, you can visit several sites related to their winter stay at Fort Clatsop and learn about their journey and final destination.

Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn

Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn

In June 1900, representatives of the Oregon Historical Society traveled to Seaside, Oregon to try to identify the original site of the Lewis and Clark salt cairn. Accompanying them was an 86 year old Clatsop Indian woman named Jennie Michele. Her Clatsop name was Tsinistum. She told the men her mother had visited the site in 1805 and had met the expedition members. Her mother showed her the site where they made salt, and she visited the area many times.

Her testimony was corroborated by Judge Thomas A McBride in December of 1900. He was shown the site by Celiast, the daughter of Clatsop Chief Coboway.

Location: 92343 Fort Clatsop Road Astoria, OR 97103
Fort Clatsop National Park

Fort Clatsop National Park

The visitor center includes a replica of Fort Clatsop similar to the one built by the explorers, an interpretive center offering an exhibit hall, gift shop and two films. The center features ranger-led programs as well as restrooms and a picnic area. The park is open every day of the year except December 25th.

Learn more about the hours of operations and when to visit, here

Location: 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd. Astoria OR 97103
Phone: 503-861-2471
Cape Disappointment - Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Cape Disappointment - Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Lighthouses stand sentinel atop windswept cliffs, sea smells waft up through the air and waves collide with a crash where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River below.

Named for Captain John Meares` first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia, Cape Disappointment is steeped in Northwest history. This is the place to explore U.S. military and maritime legacies and to experience the story of Lewis & Clark and the effect of their Corps of Discovery Expedition on Native American tribes.

Step into the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for interactive exhibits. Find overgrown ruins of military bunkers and coast defense batteries, and hear tales of two lighthouses and the first attempts to reach the Columbia River by ocean.

Location: 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone: (360) 642-3078
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