Trip Inspiration

Why Visiting Madison, Indiana Should Be On Your US Bucket List

While the Midwest region of the United States is stereotypically known for its sprawling plains, agriculture, and cows, it’s also home to a wide variety of river communities along the mighty Ohio River. One of these communities is Madison, Indiana, which is located just an hour’s drive north of Louisville and an hour’s drive south […]

Planning the Ultimate Road Trip on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

  The recently released Lewis and Clark Trail 2021 annual report highlighted how the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is working with partners across the U.S. to commemorate and protect the 4,900-mile-long historic route of the original expedition. One of the main partnerships for 2021 was a three-year agreement with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism […]

How to Explore the Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail

When the United States barely lay claim to land west of the Mississippi river, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled west to explore, study, and document a new section of land acquired under President Thomas Jefferson. While the Corps of Discovery’s expedition took years, the same route stands today and is as accessible and explorable […]

Expanded Lewis And Clark Auto Tour Route Fostering Future Of Tourism

When a shipment of new Lewis and Clark Auto Tour signs showed up in Jim Mallory’s office last summer, the vice-chairman of the Lewis and Clark Trust stopped everything he was doing to deliver them to communities along the Ohio River. When the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail expanded eastward in 2019, this new […]

What is the Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail And What is its History?

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is not your average trail. In addition to being a course of travel, it is an important part of early American history. The Lewis and Clark Trail now spans the United States for about 4,900 miles crossing 16 states and 15 tribal lands. It also includes 1,439 miles […]

Communities Thriving Along Lewis And Clark Trail Thanks To New ‘Rivertown Review’ Program

While the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail’s 2019 eastward expansion added 1,200 miles of historical significance to the trail, the newfound addition of an abundance of towns and communities has been just as important to the trail’s mission. Engaging partners and stakeholders is critical at this stage, which is why programs like the Rivertown […]

Iowa: Western Iowa & Sioux City

This self-guided auto tour includes Waubonsie State Park, Council Bluffs and Lake Manawa State Park, DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Onawa and Lewis and Clark State Park, Sioux City with the Sergeant Floyd Monument, Stone State Park and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center and the Fourth Street Historic District. Download Route Map Download Western Iowa […]

Kansas: Kansas City, Salina and Manhattan

This self-guided auto tour includes Kansas City, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Cabela’s, Legends Outlets, Olathe with the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, Topeka with the historic Kansas Capitol, Manhattan with the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Abilene and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Salina and the Rolling Hills Zoo, and Wichita. Download Route Map Download […]

Missouri: Jefferson City, Columbia and Boonville

This self-guided auto tour includes Jefferson City and the historic Missouri State Capitol, Columbia and the state historical art galleries with the work of Thomas Hart Benton, Boonville and the Boonville Village Center and Rivers, Rails and Trails Museum, Arrow Rock, Sedalia, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Download […]

Oregon: Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge

This self-guided auto tour includes the Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Waterfalls, The Dalles, Mt. Hood National Forest, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and Barlow Pass, Hood River, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Sandy and Jonsrud Viewpoint, Phillip Foster Farm and historic Oregon City, and the Oregon Trail […]

Washington: Spokane and Eastern WA

This self-guided tour originates from Spokane, Washington and has a northern route that includes the Pend Oreille gold country, Lake Roosevelt and Grand Coulee Dam, and a southern route that includes the Lewis and Clark Expedition route along the Snake River from Clarkson to Sacajawea State Park at Pasco and the Mouth of the Columbia […]

Illinois: Great Rivers Area Self-Guided Auto Tour

This self-guided auto tour includes Hartford, Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Wood River and a re-created Fort River Dubois, Alton, the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, the Great Rivers Museum, and Vandalia with its historic Vandalia Statehouse State Historical Site. Download Tour Map Great Rivers Auto Tour […]

Montana: Missouri River Country

On April 25,1805, the Corps of Discovery canoes and pirogues reached the confluence of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri River. Captain Meriwether Lewis observed, “I had a most pleasing view of the country, particularly the wide and fertile vallies”. By the last week in May, 1805, the expedition passed through the Missouri Breaks, a […]

Long Beach and Southwest Washington State

Begin your journey where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Washington. From there, explore singular state parks, outstanding beach resorts, and communities along Washington’s southwest coastline. This auto tour also loops over to Vancouver, Beacon Rock, and the Columbia River Gorge. This tour takes you […]

Idaho: Nez Perce Adventure Tour

This is one auto tour you will never forget. You’ll follow US Highway 12 along the Clearwater River Canyon, on to the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River and the Lochsa Wild and Scenic River, to the spectacular Bitterroot Mountains, and through the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest. This is the legendary route of Lewis […]