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BEGINS IN: ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI

On the Road: Following In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark from Missouri to Oregon

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Program #4002RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest elevation participants will experience is about 5,500 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes. Bring binoculars if you want to.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 25, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the historic area of St. Charles with its sidewalks lined with real brick streets. Main Street has long been the hub of commercial activity for St. Charles and boasts a bevy of shops, restaurants and businesses.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/saint-charles-hotel-mo-63301/mostchar

Room amenities: Each room features complimentary high-speed Internet access, a 39'' flat screen TV, a data port, a microwave, a refrigerator, a hairdryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, and in-room coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Featuring 86 spacious guest rooms, the Country Inn & Suites St. Charles provides guests with complimentary high-speed Internet access, Fitness Center, Business Center, heated indoor pool and whirlpool as well as a daily breakfast buffet. Additional amenities include valet laundry service, on-site parking and a USA Today newspaper on weekdays.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for best rate
Please identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - St. Charles, MO
Afternoon: Arrivals and Program registration between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, followed by welcome and orientation session beginning at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free time to explore the local surroundings or relax.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the historic area of St. Charles with its sidewalks lined with real brick streets. Main Street has long been the hub of commercial activity for St. Charles and boasts a bevy of shops, restaurants and businesses.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/saint-charles-hotel-mo-63301/mostchar

Room amenities: Each room features complimentary high-speed Internet access, a 39'' flat screen TV, a data port, a microwave, a refrigerator, a hairdryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, and in-room coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Featuring 86 spacious guest rooms, the Country Inn & Suites St. Charles provides guests with complimentary high-speed Internet access, Fitness Center, Business Center, heated indoor pool and whirlpool as well as a daily breakfast buffet. Additional amenities include valet laundry service, on-site parking and a USA Today newspaper on weekdays.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for best rate
Please identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - St. Charles/St. Louis, MO
Breakfast: Bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, cold and hot cereal, waffles, pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice

Morning: Travel to the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, an area near Lewis & Clark's winter camp of 1803-1804 where they wintered at "a Small river opposite the Mouth of Missouri Called wood River, where they formed their party, Composed of robust Young Backwoodsmen of Character." From here we will travel to St. Louis to view some of the rarest artifacts of the Lewis and Clark journey at the Museum of Westward Expansion. Ascend to the top of the nation's tallest monument, the Gateway Arch, representing the Gateway to the West.

Lunch: Lunch at the Winery of the Little Hills in the heart of St. Charles historic district.

Afternoon: Visit the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center. This educational facility features exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the Missouri River ecosystem. Then, continue your explorations of St. Charles.

Dinner: Dinner on the St. Charles Community College Campus

Evening: In this evening's presentation, "Setting the Stage: The Louisiana Purchase," learn about America's purchase of the vast French-controlled lands that would soon be explored by Lewis and Clark.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
200 North Delaware
Independence,, MO 64050 USA
phone: 816-836-0292
web: www.highergroundhotel.com

Room amenities: TV, Private Bath.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities, elevator, vending area, and outdoor smoking area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - St. Charles, MO to Independence, MO
Breakfast: Bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, cold and hot cereal, waffles, pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice

Morning: Arrive at Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center to explore its exhibits of area history, including early Osage and Missouri tribal settlements, French and Spanish exploration, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Corps of Discovery. Then, venture to Lewis and Clark Overlook for a view of the Missouri River and the salt licks noted by the expedition.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at a scenic picnic area near the Lewis and Clark Overlook with presentation on "Lewis & Clark in the Arrow Rock Area"

Afternoon: Explore Truman Presidential Museum & Library, home to the archives of Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States. Then, venture to Ft. Osage Visitor Center and Museum to peruse its Lewis and Clark exhibits and view a film on the historic expedition.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight's lecture is "Trappers and the Fur Trade." Learn all about the doughty men who forged trails into the wilderness to harvest its bounty of furs, the trading outposts that were established by them, and the impact they had on regional development.

Lodging: Higher Ground Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1801 S. 35th St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503 USA
phone: 712-323-9760
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: TV, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Refrigerator, Air Conditioning.

Facility amenities: Computer Hookup, Exercise Room, Continental Breakfast, Free Newspaper, Fax Machine, Laundry Facilities, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool/hot tub.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Independence, MO to Council Bluffs, IA
Breakfast: Breakfast includes cereals, an assortment of bagels and English muffins, a variety of yogurts, different breads for toast, coffee, juices, and choice of fruit.

Morning: Travel on to Nebraska City and the Missouri River Interpretive Center, where you'll learn about the flora and fauna encountered by the expedition. Then continue your journey to Council Bluffs, so named because it was the site of meetings and councils that Lewis and Clark held with area Native American tribes.

Lunch: Lunch stop en route.

Afternoon: On the way to Council Bluffs, explore the fort and museum at Ft. Atkinson - the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River, established in 1819 after William Clark recommended the site as an excellent location for a fort. At the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs, learn about the Lewis and Clark Trail and enjoy educational exhibits, maps, films, and sculpture.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax or explore Council Bluffs.

Lodging: Comfort Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description:

Contact info:
1607 E. Hwy 50
Yankton, SD 57078 USA
phone: 650-665-2906
web: www.bestwesternyankton.com

Room amenities: All rooms have a airdryer, iron and ironing board, and coffeemaker. Some rooms also have a microwave and refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, indoor pool, whirl pool, guest laundry facilities, restaurant, lounge, free high speed internet, and a computer and printer in lobby for guest use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Council Bluffs, IA to Yankton, SD
Breakfast: Enhanced continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Lewis and Clark State Park, a 20-acre site situated on an oxbow lake that was once a bend in the Missouri River. Examine a full size replica of the party's keelboat-barge, "Best Friend."

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local site.

Afternoon: At the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center, learn more about the leg of the expedition that traversed this region. Continue along the Lewis and Clark Trail toward Yankton, stopping at Spirit Mound. Local tribes believed that tiny demons or spirits, armed with arrows, inhabited this prairie hill. Lewis and Clark set off on foot to investigate this story on Aug. 25, 1804, hiking for four hours in sweltering heat. They didn't find demons, but they did discover a fantastic view and a herd of 800 bison.

Dinner: Dine in the banquet room at Kelly Inn.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Best Western Kelly Inn- Yankton, SD

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
808 West Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501 USA
phone: 605-494-2582
web: http://pierre.clubhouseinn.com

Room amenities: All of the 79 guestrooms and suites (all non-smoking) are decorated in an elegant style with a contemporary twist – rich textures of black, bronze, brown, creme, and reds accentuate hardwood and leather furniture pieces and contemporary lighting fixtures. The bathrooms feature striking stone tile flooring and showers with granite countertops. Rooms include Beauty Rest by Simon pillow-top mattresses with triple sheeting, microwave and refrigerator, in-room coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, ergonomic desk chair, blackout drapes and bedtime beats for the perfect night's sleep, iron and full-size ironing boards, hairdryers, alarm clocks with iPod/Phone capabilities, HD flat-screen TV with free HBO, complimentary high-speed Internet.

Facility amenities: The Clubhouse Hotel & Suites features complimentary wireless internet throughout hotel; 24-hour fitness center featuring treadmills, elliptical machines, and bicycles with personal TVs, free weights, yoga mats, and a large whirlpool; 24-hour business center; Indoor water playland, pool, and whirlpool; bicycles available for guests to ride along the bike path; market area, coin laundry, and valet laundry service (Monday - Friday).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Yankton, SD to Pierre, SD
Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Fort Randall, a military outpost located on the south side of the Missouri River. Arrive at St. Joseph's School - first opened as a government boarding school in 1880 and now run by a Catholic order serving children and youths from area Sioux reservations - in time for lunch and a look at an authentic teepee that was the typical abode of Plains tribes.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at St. Joseph's School.

Afternoon: In Pierre, South Dakota's state capital, take guided tours of the Cultural Heritage Center and the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center to learn more about Native peoples and area history. The Cultural Heritage Center features artifacts from the state's past, from Sioux clothing and utensils to the tools of ranchers and miners. The Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center houses artifacts and exhibits on Sioux life, culture, and history.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant of your choice, or take a picnic dinner down to the banks of the Missouri.

Evening: Relax or explore Pierre. Your centrally-located hotel is just two blocks from the state capitol complex, and three blocks from the banks of the Missouri River.

Lodging: ClubHouse Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1030 East Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501 USA
phone: 701-223-1911
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms feature free high-speed Internet access; coffee maker; hair dryer; iron; ironing board; cable television.

Facility amenities: Hotel is within walking distance of Gateway Mall. Amenities include: indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool / hot tub, exercise room, game room, deluxe continental breakfast, happy hour, lounge and casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, September 14 - Pierre, SD to Bismarck, ND
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel from Pierre to Bismarck, capital of North Dakota, with stops at historic landmarks and sites along the way including a Sacagawea Monument and Sitting Bull's "grave" site.

Lunch: Buffet Lunch.

Afternoon: Venture to Mandan - land of rolling hills and bluffs - to explore Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, site of the reconstructed home of General George Armstrong Custer and reconstructed Mandan Indian earth lodges similar to those that housed up to 1000 people just prior to Lewis and Clark's travels through the area.

Dinner: Board the Lewis and Clark River Boat and enjoy a dinner cruise.

Evening: Free evening to relax.

Lodging: Comfort Inn Bismarck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This charming, historic hotel is newly renovated and currently under expansion.

Contact info:
301 3rd Ave
Medora, ND 58645 USA
phone: 701-623-4444
web: www.medora.com/rough-riders

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, September 15 - Bismarck, ND to Medora, ND
Breakfast: Enhanced continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for an overview of the time the Corps of Discovery spent at Fort Mandan during the winter of 1804-1805. Here Lewis and Clark met Toussaint Charbonneau and his pregnant wife, Sacagawea. Charbonneau sought to join the corps as an interpreter. During this winter Lewis joined in a buffalo hunt with the Mandans and Sacagawea gave birth. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, a buffalo robe and a cradle board that visitors may try on, and an authentic wood canoe carved from the trunk of a large cottonwood tree.

Lunch: Sack lunch at Fort Mandan, followed by exploration of the fort.

Afternoon: Explore the lives of the Northern Plains Indians on the Upper Missouri at the Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site. Step into a reconstructed earth lodge; view the artistry of everyday and ceremonial clothing, bags, and implements; and learn about traditional Hidatsa tribal life. Then walk through the Sakakawea site, where earth lodge depressions hint of vibrant village life.

Dinner: Barbecue dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Relax at your hotel, or explore Medora in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands.

Lodging: Rough Riders Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Clocktower Inn is located in the center of historic Billings.

Contact info:
2511 1st Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101 USA
phone: 800-628-9081
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, dial-up internet access, voicemail, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch, an outdoor swimming pool, dry sauna, and fitness room, plus a small gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, September 16 - Medora, ND to Billings, MT
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Journey from Medora to Billings, stopping at historic landmarks and sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch.

Afternoon: Pompeys Pillar, about 25 miles east of Billings, Montana, is one of the most famous sandstone buttes in America. It was named by Clark after Sacagawea's son who he nicknamed Pomp and is one of two known physical evidence sites of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Clark carved his signature on the face of the butte on July 25, 1806. Learn more about this fascinating landmark during a presentation and explore Pompeys Pillar National Monument to see canoe replicas and enjoy the view of the Yellowstone River.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel.

Evening: Tonight, hear the fascinating account of Clark's return journey down the Yellowstone River.

Lodging: Best Western Clocktower Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Six blocks from State Capitol and Montana Historical Society.

Contact info:
1714 11th Ave.
Helena, MT 59601 USA
phone: 800-272-1770
web: www.jorgensonsinn.com

Room amenities: Free local newspaper, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV with cable and movie channels, a coffeemaker, air conditioning, iron and ironing board, a refrigerator and microwave.

Facility amenities: A business center with a fax machine, copier, and computers with internet access; complimentary access to Capital City Health Club with three pools and full fitness facilities; and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, September 17 - Billings, MT to Helena, MT
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Arrive at Missouri Headwaters State Park, which encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers and includes the Three Forks of the Missouri National Historic Landmark. Explore the park and learn from history interpreters how the Corps of Discovery anticipated these important headwaters as they traveled up the Missouri River. They stopped at the site on July 28, 1805 and named the three forks coming together at this location after Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Albert Gallatin.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Continue on to Helena, with historic interpretation along the route.

Dinner: Dinner in Helena.

Evening: Gates of the Mountain - the spectacular landscape seen by Lewis and Clark as they boated along the Missouri River (and tomorrow's destination) - is the subject of this evening's presentation. Learn about their trip through this area of towering limestone cliffs with a deep narrow channel where rock walls appeared to block their passage only to open up as they drew near.

Lodging: Jorgenson's Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
1411 10th Avenue S.
Great Falls, MT 59405 USA
phone: 406-761-4600
web: www.townhouseinngreatfalls.com

Room amenities: Complimentary in-room coffee and tea, 32" flat screen TV with cable, DVD players available, internet access, microwave, refrigerator, wake-up calls, turndown service

Facility amenities: Casino and poker room, indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, ATM, business center, free deluxe continental breakfast, fresh baked cookies every evening, free newspapers in lobby, game room, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, courtesy shuttle service, and free parking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Wednesday, September 18 - Helena, MT to Great Falls, MT/State Capitol/Histo...
Helena, MT to Great Falls, MT/State Capitol/Historical Society Museum/Gates of the Mountains Boat Ex

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast.

Morning: Venture to the Montana State Capitol Complex, housing public art inventoried and documented by the Montana Historical Society. Then take a guided tour of the Montana Historical Society Museum - known as Montana's Museum - which collects, preserves, and interprets fine art, historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts that pertain to Montana and its adjoining geographic region. Then, embark on a boat ride on the Missouri River to view the huge rock bluffs that loom over the river's banks. In July of 1805, when the Corps of Discovery arrived on this stretch of river, they were stunned by the sight of these stone giants. In his journal, Meriwether Lewis wrote: I shall call this place: 'Gates of the Mountains.'" The canyon is home to Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, ospreys, eagles, otters and deer.

Lunch: Sack lunch

Afternoon: Continue on to Great Falls, with historic interpretation along the way including a stop at First People's Buffalo Jump.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time to relax, walk along the Missouri River or go to Wal-Mart for those who need it - transportation provided.

Lodging: Townhouse Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
1411 10th Avenue S.
Great Falls, MT 59405 USA
phone: 406-761-4600
web: www.townhouseinngreatfalls.com

Room amenities: Complimentary in-room coffee and tea, 32" flat screen TV with cable, DVD players available, internet access, microwave, refrigerator, wake-up calls, turndown service

Facility amenities: Casino and poker room, indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, ATM, business center, free deluxe continental breakfast, fresh baked cookies every evening, free newspapers in lobby, game room, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, courtesy shuttle service, and free parking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Thursday, September 19 - Great Falls, MT/C.M. Russell Museum
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel including waffles, fruit, oatmeal, cold cereals, muffins, toast, juice, coffee, tea.

Morning: Free time to explore Great Falls before going to the C.M. Russell Museum--a place where the old West is still alive! His artwork is part entertainment, part history lesson.

Lunch: Lunch at the C.M. Russell Museum.

Afternoon: Enjoy a fascinating presentation on the life of C.M. Russell - cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist and conservationist, artist, and passionate advocate for the Plains Indians. Then, tour the museum, which houses Russell's collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and art work. A local instructor takes you on a guided tour of the infamous Portage Route, where the Corps experienced a grueling, month-long trial to determine the best route around the falls--a serious underestimation on their part.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Townhouse Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
4825 N Reserve
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-541-7829
web: www.rubys.montana.com

Room amenities: 32" HD flat screen TV, expanded basic cable with premium movie channels, coffeemaker, and iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hot breakfast, 24-hour airport shuttle, BBQ and Horseshoes along Grant Creek, outdoor hot tub, outdoor heated pool, picnic area, fitness center, computer available in lobby for guest use, free wireless internet, fax and copy services, and guest laundry.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Friday, September 20 - Great Falls, MT to Missoula, MT/Giant Springs Sta...
Great Falls, MT to Missoula, MT/Giant Springs State Park/Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Giant Springs State Park where Clark discovered this huge "fountain or spring" during the portage around Great Falls. Walk or ride the bus to the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Displays interpret the portage around the Great Falls and other aspects of the expedition. There is an emphasis on their relationships with the Indian tribes of the Northern Plains.

Lunch: Lunch at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park Headquarters

Afternoon: Travel to Missoula with a stop at Rodger's Pass to mark the crossing of the Continental Divide.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Tonight's presentation will discuss Lewis and Clark as Naturalists. There were many purposes for the expedition, which President Thomas Jefferson handed down to Lewis in a set of charges. Among them was the recording and collecting of plant and animal specimens.

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
621 21st Street
Lewiston, ID 83501 USA
phone: 208-799-1000
web: www.redlionlewiston.com

Room amenities: Complimentary wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and hot tub, an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna, free parking, a restaurant, MJBarleyhoppers Bar & Grill featuring home-made microbrews.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, September 21 - Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID/ Traveler's Rest Sta...
Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID/ Traveler's Rest State Park/Lolo Summit/Nez Perce National Historical P

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Arrive at Traveler's Rest State Park where the expedition camped September 9-11, 1805 and June 30-July 3, 1806. Here on the return journey the Corps of Discovery separated into two parties as to allow one group to explore the Yellowstone country. Archaeologists found evidence of the latrine and central fire of the Corps in 2002. This is the second of the two sites with physical confirmation of the group's visit.

Lunch: Lunch at the Lochsa Lodge

Afternoon: Traveling to Lewiston you'll visit Canoe Camp where the expedition camped and built five canoes for their journey down the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia Rivers. It was here that the expedition finally reached navigable waters after hardships in the Bitterroot Mountains. Learn about the ways of the Nez Perce at the Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor Center and view a sample canoe.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Learn about the Nez Perce people, history and culture from a Nez Perce Tribal Council Member.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1108 E. Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.bestwesternoregon.com/hotels/best-western-hood-river-inn

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, cable TV, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Fitness room, outdoor heated pool and spa, indoor spa, dry rock sauna, and riverside walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Sunday, September 22 - Lewiston, ID to Hood River, OR
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Leaving the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers journey toward The Dalles traveling through the southwest portion of Washington. Instruction provided onboard the bus. Crossing into Oregon view Hat Rock named by Clark on October 19th, 1805.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers where one of artist Maya Lin's confluence project designs near Pasco, Washington, explores the connections of cultures to one other, and to the landscape. Your sense of the place as a meeting point of native cultures, languages, flora and fauna, will deepen as you walk the site.

Afternoon: Continue on to The Dalles were you'll visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Then we will travel to Hood River for our overnight stay.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Free evening for a walk along down to the beach or along the trail by the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Riverfront lodging. Most rooms offer a magnificent panoramic view of the mighty Columbia River and a warm, cozy fireplace.

Contact info:
204 W Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator and microwave, data port, ironing board and iron, coffeemaker, hair dryer, & remote TV/DVD player.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and whirlpool, high speed Internet access, exercise room, game room, guest laundry and gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Monday, September 23 - Hood River, OR to Astoria, OR/Multnomah Falls/Cap...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Follow the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Visit Multnomah Falls which plummets 620 feet and is a major landmark on the Columbia River. Lunch: Sack lunch at Skamokawa Vista Park. Here the expedition team was close to the end of its journey. Although the Corps was looking at the Columbia River Estuary, Clark wrote "Ocian in view! Oh! The joy."

Lunch:

Afternoon: A step-on guide will join the group and take you on a learning journey through various landmarks in the area including Long Beach, WA, the farthest point north on the coast reach by the expedition.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel.

Evening: Tonight's presentation, "Fulfillment of the Dream," takes you through the final legs of the expedition and its conclusion.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express (Astoria, OR)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel is perched along Lake Mayes near the Columbia River, offering bird-watching pleasures as well as ready access to downtown Portland, 10 miles away. Walking path nearby.

Contact info:
11518 NE Glenn Widing Drive
Portland, OR 97220 USA
phone: 503-252-2222
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-portland-oregon-OR166

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable/satellite, TV, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, microwave, high speed Internet access, clock radio and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room, business center, on-site guest laundry, meeting rooms and complimentary airport shuttle. Hotel is handicap accessible.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call hotel directly
The hotel offers a special rate for participants, based upon availability. Make reservations by calling 503-252-2222 for early arrivals or stay-overs. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seventeen: Tuesday, September 24 - Astoria, OR to Portland, OR/Fort Clatsop
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial, site of the expedition's winter quarters from December 7, 1805 to March 23, 1806. The fort site was a safe haven from the stormy shores of the Columbia River Estuary. Return to Astoria to see the Astoria Column which stands on Astoria's highest hill. From the top of this 125-foot spire you'll have impressive view of the Columbia River Estuary.

Lunch: Lunch in Astoria.

Afternoon: Travel to Portland

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Farewell, closing words and reflections on the journey

Lodging: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eighteen: Wednesday, September 25 - Portland, OR/Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel, with departures after. Farewell!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


St. Charles, MO
Old TownTo visitor Center
Pierre, SD
General OverviewOptional 3 block walk, open till 10PM. Admission is free.
Helena, MT
Holter Museum of ArtThe museum is in a renovated historic industrial building. The museum's 10,000- square-foot exhibition space shows all art media, contemporary and historical. The museum shop carries the work of regional artists, craftsmen, and writers. The museum and shop are free and open to the public.
For additional information, visit: www.holtermuseum.org
Montana Historical SocietyThe Montana Historical Society houses the "Montana Homeland" exhibit that traces 12,000 years of history under the Big Sky. Its Mackay Gallery has one of the premier Charles M. Russell art collections. Special exhibits are rotated regularly.
For additional information, visit: www.montanahistoricalsociety.org
Great Falls, MT
C.M. Russell Museum ComplexC.M. Russell Museum has one of the nation’s finest collections of Western art devoted to Russell and his contemporaries. The complex also includes the former home and log cabin studio of Montana’s famous cowboy artist. Preserved as it was in the early 1900s, the studio includes displays of Russell’s personal objects used as props and references for accuracy.
For additional information, visit: www.cmrussell.org
Great Falls Historic TrolleyThe Great Falls Historic Trolley will take you for a fun one-r or two-hour guided tour of Great Falls, past and present. Rainbow Falls and Broadwater Overlook Park are the two scheduled stops for additional history and photos on the two-hour tour.
For additional information, visit: www.greatfallshistorictrolley.com
Malmstrom Air Force Base Heritage Center and Air ParkExterior displays include: Aircraft: F-101B/F, Voodoo; B-25J, Mitchell Bomber; EB-57 B/E, Canberra; F-84F, Thunderstreak; UH-IF, Huey (Iroquois); T-33, Shooting Star; KC-97G, Stratotanker; LGM-30G Minute Man III, ICBM Museum Displays include: one of the largest military model aircraft displays in the northwest; World War II-era barracks room; Lend Lease Diorama; SAGE Computer, Flight suit and Survival Equipment displays; Minute Man I and II missile launch consoles; Minute Man Launch Facility cutaway, Army Air Corps and US Air Force uniform display; Lewis and Clark Portage Map of Great Falls, Montana.
For additional information, visit: www.malmstrom.af.mil
Missoula, MT
Historical Museum at Fort MissoulaThe Historical Museum at Fort Missoula was established to save what remained of original Fort Missoula, and to interpret the area's history. Located on 32 acres in the heart of historic Fort Missoula, its collection includes 24,000 objects including 13 historic structures. The museum's indoor galleries contain both permanent and changing exhibits that deal with topics of interest from the period of early exploration to modern times.
For additional information, visit: www.fortmissoulamuseum.org
Missoula Art MuseumMissoula Art Museum manages the Missoula County Art Collection, as well as its own collection, which is distinguished by the Contemporary American Indian Art Collection, and works from regional and local artists, including: Dale Chihuly, Jacob Lawrence, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Susan Stewart and E.S. Paxson.
For additional information, visit: www.missoulaartmuseum.org
Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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