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“Historical Exploration Education”

The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks
Ranked #9 of 44 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: Located in the states of Washington and Oregon, these national parks preserve the historic sites that mark the success of Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century.
Victoria, Canada
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151 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Historical Exploration Education”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centre opened my eyes as to the feats and hardships that Lewis and Clark encounteded on their journeys westward from St Louis to the west coast. I had of course heard of these two explorers, but did not know the depth or details of their journey westward from St Louis, nor of the relationship between Lewis and Clark. Their winterings (particularly at Cape Disappointment) along the the journey were fascinating as was their interactions with the First Nations peoples.

The Museum is well laid out with many opportunities for interactions for all ages. The location is superb, high on a cliff overlooking Cape Disappointment and the notoriously rough and dangerous Columbia Bar which didn't deter the First Nations canoeing expertise. We will return in the Spring / Summer and take advantage of the hiking / walking trails.

Definitely worth visiting when in the Astoria area.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank wanderers1001
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Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lewis & Clark Slept Here!”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were lucky enough to not only visit on a sunny January day, but it was a federal holiday (MLK), so admission was free! The interpretive center is filled with interesting facts, and an abundance of quotes from L & C journals grace every display. Fort Clatsop itself was such a treat. It is amazing to think this historic journey culminated right at this spot. The fort is small, authentic and spare. We were amazed to have it completely to ourselves during out late afternoon visit. I can't believe I have lived 50+ years in the northwest, and just now finally got around to seeing this historic place. Definitely worth the time and miles to get there. We piggybacked it onto the end of a great weekend in Astoria, which was the perfect thing to cap a perfect 3 days.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank bluebugdream
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Loveland, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful appreciation for Lewis and Clark”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Lewis and Clark had a major impact on the development of Oregon and Washington areas. This is an excellent presentation of their endeavors to reach the coast following the river paths. Highly recommend it.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Bob M
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Mariposa, California
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207 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Several Parks”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

There are several parks in this system, all interesting. Cape Disappointment was probably the most educational if you only have time for one.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank cuestaroble
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Eugene, Oregon
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83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Scenic views combined with history”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

From downtown Astoria it is an easy half-hour drive over the spectacular Astoria-Megler Bridge to Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington, or head west from Astoria for the short drive to the Fort Clatsop Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. The visitor center at Cape Disappointment includes an exhibit tracing the entire Lewis and Clark expedition, which reached the Pacific at Cape Disappointment in 1805. There is a smaller exhibit at Fort Clatsop, in Oregon, where the explorers wintered over before their return journey in 1806. The Fort Clatsop exhibit features a replica of the fort itself, a fifty-foot square compound that housed 31 people for 106 days (it rained on 100 of those days).

Visited October 2013
3 Thank AniJoh
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