• photo of a replica keelboat with a crew member on the bow at sunset

    Lewis & Clark

    National Historic Trail ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA

Things To Do

Trail to Sherman Peak.

Trail to Sherman Peak, WA.

NPS photo

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?

Women at Powwow

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was to record "the names of the nations & their numbers.” Interactions with American Indians were, however, more than a record of names and numbers. They were matters of survival and success. Trade with tribes and the information they provided sustained the Expedition.