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Fort Clatsop National Memorial

92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103
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Ranked #3 of 23 Attractions in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Traveler Description: Fort Clatsop National Monument  -- part of the Lewis & Clark National and State Historic Parks -- was where the explorers Lewis & Clark... more »
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Memphis, Tennessee
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218 reviews 218 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you are a Lewis & Clark admirer Fort Clatsop of course is the Mecca of the holy ground were they wintered after ending their journey to the Pacific. The fort itself appears to be an historically accurate reproduction of the original which was completed on Christmas Eve and which they occupied for three months before beginning their trip back... More

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Sequim, Washington, United States
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23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The fort setting is in the tall trees. Going through the museum was very informative as were the rangers. Discovered there is a 6.5 mile hike from the fort out to the ocean...13 miles round trip. I'll plan for the hike next time we come. Trails are all well maintained, Take the kids.

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Eugene, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

There is a very good movie (which you should view prior to going outside to the "interactive" area.) The displays and replications are VERY good outdoors! There is also a nice gift shop.

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Pacific Grove, California
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65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Even if you don't know much about the Lewis and Clark expedition, this recreation of their winter quarters near the mouth of the Columbia is bound to move you. Some thirty men survived a demanding three months in a fort not much bigger than a middle class home today. Jammed into tiny rooms with hand-built bunks, standing sentry duty in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Its a nice old historic place to visit and bring kids. Its very small place so don't need a lot of time perfect for visitor who's passing by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Well done small historical site ... Recommendations: stop in the visitor center to see one of the two short movies (the movie from the native american perspective is quite interesting) ... to fully benefit from the replicated fort, I would recommend tagging along with a guide to really learn about the historical points ... worth the stop

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Salem, Oregon
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108 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The fort is not the original. Those logs long ago rotted into the ground. The park service has done a great job with constructing a replica from sketches the expedition created. The headquarter building offers good exhibits that give some history and a fairly balanced discussion of the impact on the Indians who had made their home here. There are... More

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San Diego
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went to the Memorial while visiting the park. It was very interesting to see the replica of how the Lewis & Clark expedition spent the winter.

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Houston, Texas
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a must stop if you have followed or stopped at any Lewis & Clark sites, “End of the Line” It took them three and half weeks to build the fort. The explorers spent the winter here in 1805 before starting their return journey in 1806. The fort replica at Fort Clatsop shows how confined the 31 people were... More

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Arlington, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Enjoyed the realistic tour guides - the stories of the times spent there were very educational - wonderful place to visit. Well worth the side trip!

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