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“Nice attraction, especially if you are interested in Lewis & Clark”

Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: A replica of Lewis & Clark's original fort built during their expedition in 1805.
Tualatin
Level 6 Contributor
282 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Nice attraction, especially if you are interested in Lewis & Clark”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The fort is small, but that really shows the hardship they endured. Nice interpretive center and well maintained grounds. Minimal admission charge. Good for all ages -- we arrived early on a Monday only to see several large groups of students going out on the hike to the sea. Went inside and it was full of retirement age couples (including ourselves!)

Good hiking trails if you want to spend some time here.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle area
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great piece of history”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

This site is where Lewis and Clark spent the winter, after reaching the Pacific. I've been here twice: once with rangers / interpreters, once without. While the place is interesting and beautiful without the rangers, it's much better with them. They help you realize just how miserable the winter conditions were at the time, and how much work it was just to live a straightforward existence -- even writing with a quill pen was a skill. The museum is very helpful for giving historical context.

Visited September 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Lewis and Clark History - Fun Side Trip”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We were in Astoria traveling down the coast to Newport and just happened on to the sign for Fort Clatsop. It was an easy drive off the beaten path to see a replica of where Lewis and Clark wintered in 1805-1806.

The visitor center was unimpressive, but the people working there were very friendly and the bathrooms were clean. We just missed Stephanie Ambrose Tubbs (daughter of "Undaunted Courage" auther, Stephen Ambrose) who was there in the morning of our visit, signing our book "Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis & Clark Trail".

Worth the short side trip.

Visited September 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Undaunted Courage”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

After reading all about Lewis and Clarks' journey in "Undaunted Courage" we were really excited to visit this fort. While the main museum areas were a bit dated, the area itself, with its' fort and various trails, was great. We really enjoyed our time here -- especially the trails.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Louis
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“On the Lewis & Clark Trail”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Great fort. Ranger gave a wonderful demonstration of loading and shooting a flintlock. Kids earned their Junior Ranger badges. Coming from Missouri it was fun to be at the other end of the Expeditions journey.

Visited August 2013
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