From the Plains to the Pacific
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.Read More
Explore the Trail
The Trail winds over mountains, along rivers, through plains and high deserts, and extends to the wave-lapped Pacific coast. Experience the diversity.Read More
Who Were They?
William Clark, Sacagawea, York, Thomas Jefferson - names forever linked by a journey to the Pacific Ocean. Who were the people behind these names?Read More
The Trail Companion is our way of celebrating the great work of Trail partners and stewards. It also is a way for Trail staff to share resources.Read More
The Trail is committed to building true relations with all people, to learn from them, and to tell their stories with sensitivity and respect.Read More
Did You Know?
Jefferson expected the Expedition to learn about the people, plants and animals of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. None of the men of the Expedition was a trained scientist, but fulfilling Jefferson’s instructions required skills in cartography, ethnography, botany, zoology, and meteorology.