As part of our road trip down the 101 we stopped in Astoria and on our way back to Seaside, we decided to stop in at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and check it out. I am so glad we did. We actually spent quite a bit of time there, and my kids loved it. My youngest even got her Junior Ranger badge!
This is a great place to visit and you can get in free with your National Parks pass. If you don’t have one, you can buy one there – (TIP) – if you have a 4th grader – you can get your NP pass for FREE, so be sure to ask.
Step into the Fort Clatsop replica, at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, and you’ll get a real sense of what the Corps of Discovery experienced more than 200 years ago. It looks, smells, and feels pretty much the same. In peak visitor season, rangers in buckskins offer demonstrations such as flintlock gun shooting, hide tanning and candle making. Check out the historic canoe landing and consider adding a hike on one of the nearby trails. If it starts to rain, take a break inside the Visitor Center, which features excellent films, displays, and a bookstore with Lewis and Clark Expedition related books, media and other high quality merchandise. Don’t forget to ask to become a Junior Ranger! The activity book is free and loads of fun. The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park also hosts a number of free lectures and other special events throughout the year.Learn more about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park here
Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
My youngest worked on her book the whole time we were at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and was able to get her Junior Ranger Badge before we left. We only spent a couple of hours there, but it was a lot of fun to see the forts, watch the presentation, explore the museum and the trees. This is a great stop for families, to get some energy out of your kids as well.
Be sure to check out our other stops on our trip from Utah into Washington and down Highway 101 :
- Top 5 Favorite Things to Do at the Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort
- Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort Review
- Lodgepole Campground in Washington
- Grove of the Patriarchs
- Narada Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park
- How to spend 1 day at Mt. Rainier
- Salt Creek Recreation Area
- Cape Flattery Trail Hike
- Shi Shi Beach Trail Hike
- Klahowya Campground in Port Angeles, WA
- Ruby Beach in Forks, WA
- Kalaloch Beach (Tree of Life)
- Quinault Rain Forest in Washington
- Ape Caves Washington (Lava Tubes)
- Multnomah Falls in Oregon
- Astoria Column in Oregon