Lewis and Clark Trail Overview

Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark (Missouri Division of Tourism)
Lewis and Clark Trail
Jurisdiction: National Park Service
Established: 1978
Route: 3,700 miles (5,960 km)

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and the "Oregon Country."

Setting out in boats from what is today Wood River, Illinois, and following the Missouri River upstream, their expedition eventually reached the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1805, and they returned east the next year. In Idaho and western Montana, the route follows roads and trails as it crosses the Rocky Mountain passes.

More on the explorers' journey

Follow in Their Footsteps
Along the route, state, local, and private interests have established motor routes, roadside interpretive markers, and museum exhibits telling the Lewis and Clark story.

Explore the route of Lewis and Clark

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 12 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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