Chasing Lewis and Clark

Traveling can often turn into a history lesson. Tracing some of the paths taken by Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery is not only an historical tour, but also a scenic one.

The Natchez Trace Parkway, south of Hohenwald, Tennessee takes travelers to the marker of Meriwether Lewis’ death, a mystery to this day. Found shot in an inn called the Grinders Stand, it is still debated whether he was murdered or committed suicide.

The Lewis and Clark historical trail parallels their 3700 mile journey from St. Louis, Missouri up to the coast of Oregon. RV travelers will pass through 11 states on this route. Along the way there are over 100 sites to see that help visitors learn more about the famous expedition. You’ll be able to see forts, a replica of a keelboat used by the expedition and even some original campsites.

For those traveling in the North Dakota area, consider taking the Sakakewea Scenic Byway. It is only 23 miles in length, but offers a good number of Lewis and Clark sites to visit. Be sure to visit Fort Mandan. This is the spot where the expedition spent the winter of 1804-1805 and is also where they met Sacagawea.

Those exploring in Washington state should be sure to spend some time along the Lewis and Clark Trail Highway. It extends for 572 miles from the Snake River, down the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean.

RV enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to choose their route, explore the scenery and learn something along the way.

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