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Interesting Facts About The Lewis And Clark Expedition Trail

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

  • It took the expedition two years, four months and ten days to travel from their winter camp near St. Louis, to the Pacific Ocean, and back again to St. Louis. They left Camp Dubois, near St. Louis, on May 14, 1804 and arrived at the Pacific Ocean in early November of 1805. Returning to St. Louis required far less time. The expedition departed Fort Clatsop on March 23, 1806 and arrived in St. Louis on Sept. 23, 1806.
  • The route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean is approximately 3,700 miles. The total distance traveled from St. Louis, to the Pacific Ocean, and back to St. Louis is just over 7,000 miles.
  • Over the course of the Expedition, 59 people and one dog participated. Only thirty-three people (and one dog), however, left Fort Mandan, North Dakota and made the trip to the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Expedition included military men, engages (French men hired to work as boatmen or hunters), a slave, Sacajawea, a baby, and a French trader.

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Between May 1804 and September 1806, the Lewis & Clark Expedition traveled over mountains, along rivers, through plains and high deserts to the wave-lapped Pacific coast.-- opening a window to the west for the young United States. The Lewis and Clark Trail today is a collection of scenic byways, historic sites, visitor centers, and trails where you can raft, canoe, hike, bike, or ride in the footsteps of this famous expedition. Tracing the courses of the Missouri and Columbia rivers, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail stretches through 11 states – including Idaho , Montana , Oregon , and Washington . We encourage you to embark on your own Lewis and Clark adventure today!

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Take a Lewis And Clark Trail Tour through Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Use the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies to plan an unforgettable Rocky Mountain vacation.