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“History buff or not, it's worth the trip!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Clatsop National Memorial

Fort Clatsop National Memorial
92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103
503-861-2471
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Ranked #4 of 24 Attractions in Astoria
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: A replica of Lewis & Clark's original fort built during their expedition in 1805.
Bend, Oregon
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“History buff or not, it's worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband is a history buff, so much so he is an interpreter for our local museum. We made this trip to the Northern Oregon Coast primarily for him to see Fort Clatsop. The last time we were there was after we were married, 37 years ago. Hey...we're in our 50's...not old yet!

The park is beautiful, with an excellent interpretive center. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Parking for RV's is excellent. Our standard poodles were allowed into the park area, not the interpretive center, but the the trails outside, and that made it much easier for us to see and hike and grounds without worrying about them.

Because of my husband's interest in Lewis and Clark, and the beautiful grounds and hiking paths, we were there nearly 3 hours. Most folks would go through it in an hour easily, but we would suggest longer. Watch the videos, really look at the grounds. This was one incredible journey.

Visited September 2012
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“Must see for Lewis and Clark fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Fort Clatsop was the winter quarters for the Lewis and Clark expedition after they reached the Pacific and the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. This small park has wonderful exhibits and a faithful reproduction of the fort itself. It is located deep in a tall grove of trees and visiting the camp transports one into those cold, dark nights.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Put yourself in the winter quarters of Lewis and Clark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The Lewis and Clark Expedition erected a fort structure for wintering over on the Pacific coast. It was a deep disappointment, for the hope that a short, easy connection existed between the Missouri and Columbia River drainages. Instead they met the Rockies. They hoped to meet a ship at the mouth of the Columbia, but none materialized and they accepted the inevitable - retracing their steps back to St. Louis. They built Fort Clatsop to winter over, work on diaries, catalogue plants and animals, and replenish supplies. It rained and rained and rained. Visit the Fort and picture yourself living here for the winter months. Walk the trails. Go to Seaside and see the Salt Works.

Visited October 2011
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Sequim, Washington
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“Great history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I just read Undaunted COurage and had to see this place. It really puts this part of the Lewis and Clark expedition into perspective.

Visited September 2012
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Victoria
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“A nice place to learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

This National Memorial nicely interprets an important piece of American history in a way that is interesting to all ages. It combines a visitor center and bookstore, an accurate replica of the fort in which the Lewis and Clark expedition overwintered in 1805-6, knowledgeable staff in period clothing who talk about the aims of the expedition and demonstrate how the Corps of Discovery survived the winter and prepared for their return journey, and a variety of trails in the forest similar to those used by the Corps. We walked the short trail to the river and canoe landing. Longer trails go to the ocean, although it wasn't clear to us how much the Corps relied on such trails as opposed to using their canoes. There are other Lewis and Clark - related attractions worth visiting in the area (Cape Disappointment, the Salt Works in Seaside), but this one is good if only one can be visited.
One problem - when visiting during the sunny and dry summer months (as most people do), one can't truly appreciate how cold, wet, dark and miserable it must have been for the Corps during their winter stay!

All in all, an interesting and inexpensive place to visit.

Visited August 2012
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