Things To Do
Today you can still experience the Trail as the Corps did. Hike Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains and follow the centuries’ old footsteps of the Salish, the Nez Perce, and the Corps of Discovery. Explore meadows and forests on horseback. Raft the roiling whitewater of the Missouri River in Montana or canoe a tranquil stretch in South Dakota, home of the Yankton Sioux.
You can also enjoy activities never imagined by the Corps. Bicycle along a rugged path or an endless blacktop. In winter, discover the Trail on skis or snowshoes. Travel by car or bus to see in days what that Lewis and Clark required months to explore.
Despite the hardships suffered over the two year journey, Meriwether Lewis wrote that “it seemed as if those [scenes] of visionary inchantment would never have an end.”
Explore the Trail and find your own scenes of visionary enchantment.
Did You Know?
Twenty years before the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Thomas Jefferson hoped to mount the “Clark Expedition.” In 1783, Jefferson asked William Clark’s brother and Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark, to lead a cross country expedition to explore the west. Clark declined the offer.