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Old 12-02-2020, 05:52 AM   #1
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Looking for ideas on Driving Lewis & Clark Trail?

Looking for any fellow IRV2 forum member's information on driving the Lewis & Clark Trail (After this winter) We do know you can not drive the actual trail as much of it is by water. We would, however, like to stay as true to the main trail as possible? Should anyone know or have driven along the L&C trail prior, North-side or South-side while staying as close as possible to the main trail? We know that it starts in the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present-day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois. The Trail connects 16 states State. We have been following the L&C History, along with our FB group by the same name. As to there being an RV driving trail or not is what we would like to know? Any Suggestions please, BLOGS, MAP INFO, whatever thanks.

We like dogs and L&C dog named "SEAMAN" was by all accounts the first USA Government acquired Canine and was a Black & White Newfoundland as the full black color bread did not appear until the last 100-years.

So whatever information on a possible trail(s) would be helpful thanks for our summer RV tour.
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We are going in May. We booked on the Fantasy Tour with another couple. We meet in MO and go from there. They may still have room. We have taken their trips before and they are great. They do all the planning.
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Old 12-02-2020, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thanks, we can check that out and did not know there was a regular group RV TOURS, Interesting thank You. Also, I found this one but not the one you suggested: https://adventurecaravans.com/tour/lewis-clark-trail/ I'm sure some would enjoy it. Just found the link I believe you were suggesting. Very nice thanks for the information: https://fantasyrvtours.net/riverswest/


Very nice, suggestion thanks.
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Take a look at this site: https://www.nps.gov/lecl/index.htm

It has maps, interesting historic points, etc. This is an officially designated “National Historic Trail”, and there is a lot of information available. We have been along much of it, but we haven’t made the whole route yet. If you end up starting in Omaha, make sure you go to the National a historic Trails Center there. They have information about all kinds of National Historic Trails. We have used their material to do a number of interesting trips.
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Some years ago, at a random stop, we bought a National Geographic publication illustrating places where Lewis & Clark camped, and pictures & descriptions of the sites today. This is probably available on the Geographic website. It certainly made our trip more interesting.
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Lewis and Clark Trail

dogman635UT. The Lewis and Clark Trail. We really want to follow the L&C Trail also. What a ADVENTURE that would be. We have been to Wood River, Il site. Since we live 40 miles south of St. Louis MO. It has a great visitor center, packed with all kinds of exhibits and a mock up of their first winter camp. I bought the Trail book which has all the directions in it. We will be going in a very large truck camper, we leave the 40' fifth wheel on our snowbird site in central FL.
You say there is FB page. What is the name of it. A BLOG? What is the name of it.
I am like you looking for any info.
So I will be following this thread
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The history of the Lewis and Clark expedition is quite interesting. We followed part of the route in 2008, can't remember much of it today.

St. Charles, MO today is city with much to attract visitors, I have wondered what it was like when the expedition was began.
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A lot of the trail follows US 12 across North Dakota, Montana, and into Idaho and Washington. One of the nicest RV parks we have ever been in was in Clarkston, Washington called Granite Lake. It is across the Snake River from Lewiston, Idaho. As you can probably guess, this was where Lewis and Clark were pointed to way down to Snake to the Columbia where the Clearwater River junctions with the Snake. US 12 from Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID is a pretty drive but be prepared for a ton of curves as it follows the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers down to Lewiston.
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I just now did a Google on 'RV trip on Lewis & Clark Trail' and this and many more came up for you to read:

https://rvlifestyle.com/across-wide-missouri/

Also this one for Oregon. It's probably easiest to search for every state for better specifics on local information.

https://lewisandclarkcountry.org/pac...gon-discovery/

For us, we'd much rather do it on our own rather than a caravan. Then we can explore in detail the sections that most appeal to us.
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Dogman635UT. We talked about taking a caravan with one of the tour groups mentioned above. A great idea. We don't think it will work for us. You are on a Schedule. We thought we could be in an area where we want to explore more, but the caravan will leave in the morning. The idea of some else doing all the planning is enticing. As you travel the route, you may see a brown sign about another site you would like to see, yet you probably should stay with the caravan. I think we will probably take a caravan someday. One that has my interest is The Great River Road caravan along the Mississippi River. We are at our snowbird site in central FL till spring. Then next spring we will purchase the truck camper. So we have a hurdle to get over before we can do any exploring. Nut it will happen.
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We are from Oregon but ended up in Dayton OH. My wife was a grade school teacher and she wanted to get as much information as she could about the Lewis and Clark journey. We did as much of the route as we could in 1980. Problem was much of the route was on private property and we got asked to leave several times. there were a few markers but not much more. Thankfully we travel back west frequently and there are many more things to see and much more information along the route now. The Lewis & Clark park at Fort Clatsop is a must see and would make a good starting place.
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We rode the L&C trail by motorcycle from the Pacific Ocean to Missouri. We followed the route by road and stopped at numerous museums and other sites along the way. It was a terrific trip and I'd recommend to anyone to take by whatever mode of transportation you choose.
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Look at Groups and type "Lewis and Clark" which should bring it up quickly. Currently, they are posting a daily events log from the book L&C Offical LOG explaining what took place day by day. Pictures, iPod inserts, and today or sat a teleconference going over the trail not real sure. You will find more in the group. Good Luck

In my reading of all your posts, many of you are or seem very interested as are we. I would if it would all be okay to direct those who would like to know. The FB Group L&C is currently doing daily readings from the logbook along with pictures. I had also seen an IPOD story on the boats and horns they used to communicate will each other when separated. Some from the NPS folks, history folks all very credible and fun really. For those of you who would like to check it out.
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You bring up some good points and from the day we first married some 40-years ago we enjoy flexibility in our travels. You may enjoy a closer trail called the Natchez Trace where Clark died on his way to Washington D.C.. Natchez trail is an NP that runs from MS to TN and is driven slow, bikers, hikers, and lots of information. Other than knowing more about L&C dog we would enjoy a trail over and through the rocky Mt.


LET US KNOW IF ANYONE HAS A BLOG, pictures.
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