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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
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
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
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
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
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
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