Basic Information

Lewis and Clark NHT Visitor Centers and Museums

Visitor Centers and Museums along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Missouri River at Pierre, South Dakota in its mid-summer greenery
The Missouri River at Pierre, South Dakota

NPS photo

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 3,700 miles long, extending from Wood River, Illinois, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon, following the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The trail connects 11 states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) and many Tribal lands. The trail was established by Congress in 1978 as part of the national trails system (NTS) as one of four original national historic trails. Today, visitors can follow the approximate route of the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark Expedition Members) by exploring the trail using a variety of transportation methods and interpretive means.


Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Centers

The National Park Service administers the Trail and operates a Visitor Center at Trail headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. However, there a many opportunities for visitors traveling the Trail to learn more about this expedition and to experience the diverse landscape and peoples of the Trail through Visitor Centers and Cultural Centers owned and operated by others. These may be other federal agencies, state, county or local governments, or Tribal governments. Private and non-profit organizations also operate some of these centers.

One source of information about traveling the Trail is from a Trail partner


In winter, watch for ice on trails and sidewalks. In summer, make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen on hot days. Keep in mind the Trail covers 11 states, use to look up the specific area you plan to visit.

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fee - $0.00

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center does not charge an entrance fee, but some of our park partners do. Be sure to check with each visitor and interpretative center to find out their fees.

Lewis & Clark NHT Headquarters Visitor Center

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters visitor center is located inside the Mid-West Regional Office at 601 Riverfront Drive in Omaha, NE. The visitor center will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day each year.

Last updated: April 5, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

601 Riverfront Dr.
Omaha, NE 68102


(402) 661-1804

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