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Is This the Most Scenic, Most Historic Rest Stop in the Country?

If you travel much you know the most you can expect at most rest stops are clean, functional... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2017
Ernie S
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Orange County, California
Oh the view

You can't find a better place to use the restroom. What a view, a sea lion or two, a place next to... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2015
crimepays1229
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Astoria, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Explored the great northwest used this rest area for a few hours rest next to the Columbia river. Has some historical Lewis and Clark expedition.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

Hugging the Washington border, this is an amazing little spot. Named Dismal Nitche after the spot the Lewis and Clark Expedition were stranded. The only part of the expedition they had to travel back and not forward. The restrooms are in good condition and the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Terri S
Reviewed October 16, 2018

The Dismal Nitch which Clark spoke of in his diary was just what they called it. The corps was trapped there for several days because of a violent storm. The exact location has been lost due to blasting that was done to build the highway....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MiaAmica
Reviewed September 26, 2017

If you travel much you know the most you can expect at most rest stops are clean, functional facilities, a bit of shade and a quick return to the road. But Clark's Dismal Nitch is far from ordinary. First of all this is a truly...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ernie S
Reviewed April 5, 2016

If you've been on the road and need a break with a view... this is the spot .. you can see the Columbia River and Megler Bridge from the north side of the river ... the nighttime views of Astoria are beautiful

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

You can't find a better place to use the restroom. What a view, a sea lion or two, a place next to the river to enjoy a brew! Saddle mountain over Astoria wow!

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed November 1, 2015

Yes this is where Lewis & Clark stayed the winter after their epic trek. If you got this far, you may be sick of hearing about them by now, but there's more ahead. Suffice it to stay that they wintered here, found it dismal and...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank David P
Reviewed October 26, 2015

If you are looking for Lewis and Clark history, stop here, and imagine what it was like to be stick here in 1805 in a storm.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank ResortMan2016
Reviewed September 6, 2015

Given the significance of the Dismal Nitch it's a travesty that so little information is provided and that the small memorial is unkempt. There is scant information available on the information boards in the parking lot. Even worse, the memorial which is a short walk...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank T4232XIjohnb
Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a nice rest stop before the long trip home from Long Beach!! It is a nice place to stretch the legs and take in great views of the Columbia River and Astoria OR. The historical information is quite interesting if you enjoy learning...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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