You can put together your own trip along the Lewis and Clark route. Or a multitude of tour companies are offering trips along portions of the explorers' route, from 2,800-mile...
You can put together your own trip along the Lewis and Clark route. Or a multitude of tour companies are offering trips along portions of the explorers’ route, from 2,800-mile bike trips to deluxe road trips narrated by historians.
Below is a sampling of tours being offered. To find more and for links to state tourism offices which have an abundance of information go to the National Park Service Web site for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: www.nps.gov/lecl/VisitorInfo/tour.htm
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On foot. Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures (800-366-6246, www.trailadventures.com) offers one- to five-day hikes along the Lolo Trail in Idaho starting in mid-July.
On bike. Historical Trails Cycling (888-202-4077, www.historicaltrailscycling.com) is sponsoring a 2,800-mile, 44-day bike trip from St. Louis to the Pacific, starting in June.
Timberline Adventures (800-417-2453, www.timbertours.com) has a 3,330-mile trip over 48 days starting in June. Cyclists can choose to bike shorter segments of both trips.
By kayak, canoe and raft: Columbia River Kayaking (360-795-0895, www.columbiariverkayaking.com), based in Skamokawa (Wahkiakum County), offers kayaking trips on the lower Columbia River.
Many companies offer Lewis and Clark-themed canoe trips, from one-day to multiday trips, along the Missouri River. They include Lewis and Clark Canoe Expeditions, 888-595-9151, www.lewisandclarkguide.com and Sierra Club Outings, 415-977-5522, www.sierraclub.org/outings/
Rivers Odysseys West offers various river-rafting trips in Montana and Idaho with Lewis and Clark themes/historians. 800-451-6034, www.rowinc.com/
Kookaburra Rafting offers half-day trips on Idaho’s Salmon River with guides telling the story of Sacagawea, the native woman on the Lewis and Clark expedition, 888-654-4386, www.raft4fun.com
On horseback. Hear tales of the explorers during daily horse rides two-hour, half-day or full-day rides in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, 888-642-1010, www.wildlifeadventuresinc.com
Triple “O” Outfitters (208-464-2349, www.tripleo-outfitters.com) offers six-day trips along the Lolo Trail in Idaho.
Lewis Clark Idaho Road Tours offers van or customized private driving tours in Idaho along the explorers’ route: 208-926-7875 or www.lewisclarkidaho.com
Stops at historic forts and several Lewis and Clark interpretive centers are part of 15-night deluxe motorcoach tours in July or August from St. Louis to Portland, with Shebby Lee Tours: 800-888-8306, www.shebbyleetours.com
Adventure Caravans has a six-week summer RV trip (from St. Charles, Mo., to Warrenton, Ore., near Fort Clatsop); 800-872-7897, www.adventurecaravans.com
On Amtrak trains this summer, Lewis and Clark guides will ride some trains (800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com) between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo., and on trains heading west from Williston, N.D., as part of the National Park Service’s Trails and Rails program.
Seattle-based Cruise West offers weeklong riverboat journeys on the Columbia and Snake with stops at Lewis and Clark sites: 888-851-8133, www.cruisewest.com
Lindblad Expeditions offers seven-day cruises along the Columbia and Snake rivers with Lewis and Clark historians and naturalists aboard. 800-397-3348, www.expeditions.com
American West Steamboat: 800-434-1232, www.americanweststeamboat.com
Trips for history buffs
Elderhostel offers dozens of educational trips along the route that focus on Lewis and Clark: 877-426-8056, www.elderhostel.org (search for Lewis and Clark). Some are physically active, including horse-packing and other outdoors trips; others are slower-paced.
Odyssey Tours offers historical tours focused on the explorers, from outdoors trips to luxury coach tours: 208-791-8721, www.hibek.com
A 10-night tour of Montana and Idaho in July with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours (888-903-3329, www.stephenambrosetours.com) includes readings of expedition journals on the sites where they were written.
Kristin Jackson of the Seattle Times travel staff contributed to this report; 206-464-2271 or firstname.lastname@example.org