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

Program Number: 4002RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/13/2014; 6/19/2016 - 7/6/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/28/2016; 9/18/2016 - 10/5/2016;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Price starting at: $3,449.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 49; 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you cross seven states and overnight in 15 cities on a fascinating journey of discovery. Beginning in St. Louis, Mo., go west as an onboard historian helps you bring the story to life traveling the waters, navigating the mountains and trekking the lands as Lewis and Clark did — tracing the final difficult miles along the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.


• Historic sites, artifacts, lectures and living-history presentations bring this epic story to life.
• Examine a full-size replica of the party’s keelboat and study the relationships between the explorers and Native Americans.
• Cross the Bitteroot Mountains and see the camp where the expedition built five canoes.

Activity Particulars

Walking over varied terrain. Must be able to get on and off motorcoach an average of 5 times a day. Not all hotels have elevators or ground-floor rooms. Must carry own luggage.

Date Specific Information


We will stay in Vermillion, SD instead of Yankton, SD for this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. Charles, Mo., 2 nights; Independence, 1 night; Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1 night; Yankton, S.D., 1 night; Pierre, 1 night; Bismarck, N.D., 1 night; Medora, 1 night; Billings, Mont., 1 night; Helena, 1 night; Great Falls, 2 nights; Missoula, 1 night; Lewiston, Idaho, 1 night; Hood River, Ore, 1 night; Astoria, 1 night; Portland, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

St. Charles

More than 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark departed from the banks of this Missouri River town just west of St. Louis to begin their westward expedition. Missouri’s first state capital was a destination for traders, pioneers, explorers and Native Americans, a heritage preserved in the city’s historic districts.


The rolling hills and freeflowing springs of this area’s countryside attracted Native Americans, missionaries, pioneers and merchants for centuries, and today, people come seeking this panorama of American history, including the library, home and museum of President Harry S. Truman and the National Frontier Trails Center.

Council Bluffs

Once on the leading edge of westward expansion, the Council Bluffs area has a rich heritage as the convergence point of the Lewis and Clark, California, Mormon, and Oregon trails. Still a crossroads of the nation's heartland, this Missouri River town is also well known for the scenic Loess Hills.


Despite a year-round population of 112, Medora, N.D., swells in the summer as a premier family entertainment destination. Renowned for its lively nightly musical, Medora pays homage to Theodore Roosevelt, who lived in the area for 18 years before he became the youngest president in U.S. history at age 42.

Great Falls

The Missouri River city of Great Falls, an eastern gateway to Glacier Park and just a four hour drive from Yellowstone, is rich in the state’s natural and historic resources. An important stop for the Corp of Discovery, the city now hosts the impressive Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

The Dalles

The Dalles, just 84 miles east of Portland in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, has long been an important hub in the exploration and history of Oregon. It was an important location on the Oregon Trail and a prominent Native American gathering place. Both agriculture and recreation bring people to the area today.


Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean, is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and a significant historic region at the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Victorian homes overlook the town and waterfront.

Portland (Oregon)

Portlanders live a life rich in the arts, surrounded by natural beauty and conveniently situated near the Pacific Coast and Columbia River Gorge. The City of Roses is a walker's paradise filled with parks, fountains and unique neighborhoods.

Comfortable motels and hotels.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Laidlaw

Tom Laidlaw hails from Vancouver where he has been a historical interpreter at Fort Vancouver for many years. He has traveled extensively across the U.S. on the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail. Tom holds a B.S. in theatre arts from Portland State University, and utilizes his acting talent to tell stories of Westward Expansion. His one-person character sketches of historic characters have delighted school audiences and organizations throughout Oregon and Washington.
Ritchie Doyle

Ritchie Doyle is a humanities scholar, writer, interpretive leader and actor who has portrayed William Clark since 1996. He has been a member of the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers bureau since 1993, and has presented William Clark nearly 200 times. Ritchie is president of the Camp Creek Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation.
Deb Crank Lewis

Deb Crank Lewis is a long time professor at St. Charles Community College, teaching U.S. history, Western civilization, non-Western civilization, and Missouri history. She has been a part of our Road Scholar program since 1992, and was a guest lecturer at our gala 30th anniversary celebration. In 2004, she also spoke at the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Signature Event in the tent of many voices. In 2007, she was invited by the U. S. Army to attend the dedication of the Lewis and Clark Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Meals and Lodgings
   Country Inn & Suites
  St. Charles, MO 2 nights
   Higher Ground Hotel
  Independence, MO 1 night
   Comfort Suites
  Council Bluffs, IA 1 night
   Best Western Vermillion Inn
  Vermillion, SD 1 night
   ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
  Pierre, SD 1 night
   Comfort Suites Bismarck
  Bismarck, ND 1 night
   Rough Riders Hotel
  Medora, ND 1 night
   Best Western Clocktower Inn
  Billings, MT 1 night
   Jorgenson's Inn and Suites
  Helena, MT 1 night
   Townhouse Inn
  Great Falls, MT 2 nights
   Ruby's Inn
  Missoula, MT 1 night
   Red Lion Inn
  Lewiston, ID 1 night
   Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
  Hood River, OR 1 night
   Holiday Inn Express (Astoria, OR)
  Astoria, OR 1 night
   Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport
  Portland, OR 1 night
 Country Inn & Suites
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for best rate Please identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Higher Ground Hotel
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 200 North Delaware
Independence,, MO 64050 USA
phone: 816-836-0292
  Room amenities: TV, Private Bath.
  Facility amenities: Laundry facilities, elevator, vending area, and outdoor smoking area.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Comfort Suites
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1801 S. 35th St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503 USA
phone: 712-323-9760
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Vermillion Inn
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 701 W Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-1139 USA
phone: 605-624-8333
  Room amenities: •Cable or satellite television, CNN® or other 24-hour news station in guest room •In-room movies, HBO® •AM/FM alarm clock •Coffee/tea maker •Refrigerator •Hairdryer •Iron, ironing board •Dataports •High-speed Internet access •Direct dial telephone
  Facility amenities: •Indoor pool, heated •Steam room •Hot tub •Exercise facility, open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 808 West Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501 USA
phone: 605-494-2582
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Comfort Suites Bismarck
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Comfort Suites is located on the North side of Bismarck adjacent to the Gateway Mall.
  Contact info: 929 Gateway Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58503 USA
phone: 701-223-4009
  Room amenities: Rooms offer, cable TV, wireless internet.
  Facility amenities: The Comfort Suites has an indoor hot tub and indoor heated pool, business center, courtesy transportation, and exercise room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Rough Riders Hotel
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
  Smoking allowed: No

 Best Western Clocktower Inn
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Jorgenson's Inn and Suites
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Townhouse Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 1411 10th Avenue S.
Great Falls, MT 59405 USA
phone: 406-761-4600
  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 allowed: Yes

 Ruby's Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 4825 N Reserve
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-541-7829
  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 allowed: Yes

 Red Lion Inn
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 621 21st Street
Lewiston, ID 83501 USA
phone: 208-799-1000
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1108 E. Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Express (Astoria, OR)
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport
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
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: 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

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in and program registration is between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. Program orientation begins at 4:00 PM, followed by dinner at 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Bring your America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass (or Golden Age Passport as it was formerly known) if you have one.
  Parking availability:
We suggest you park at an airport. Parking at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport begins at $7 a day in Lot D ( Parking at the Portland Airport begins at $10 a day in economy (
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Charles, MO
  Nearest airport:  St Louis, MO
  From End of Program
  Location:  Portland, OR
  Nearest highway: I-84 and I-5
  Nearest airport:  Portland International Airport (PDX)
Travel Details

St. Charles, MO- Country Inn & Suites


From Airport




Yellow Cab of St. Charles
phone: 636-724-1234
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$20 Prices are subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 


The Country Inn & Suites in St. Charles has a special agreement with Yellow Cab of St. Charles for this special rate.


Portland International Airport (PDX)


To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Clarion Hotel
phone: 503-252-2222


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Minutes from the airport 


The Clarion Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle. While the shuttle runs on a schedule, the hotel will need to know that you are heading to the airport. Make arrangements at the front desk.


Portland- Clarion Hotel


To Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


$35 - $40
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 20 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 


A taxi would cost approximately $35 - $40 from the hotel to either the bus or train station. Radio Cab: 503-227-1212, Broadway Cab: 503-227-1234 or Green Cab: 503-234-1414.


Portland- Clarion Hotel


To Train Station




Public Transportation
phone: 503-238-7433


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50 adult ticket, $1.00 honored citizens (65+)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


43 minutes (including 5 minutes walking and 4 minutes waiting) 


Take the hotel shuttle to Portland International Airport. Walk to the MAX platform. Board the MAX Red Line towards Beaverton Transit Center. Exit train at Gateway/NE 99th Ave TC MAX Station Board MAX Green Line to City Center/PSU Exit train at Union Station/NW 5th & Glisan St MAX Station. Walk 0.2 mile northwest to Union Station Amtrak Depot (800 NW 6th Ave).

Driving Directions
  Country Inn & Suites (St. Charles, MO) From St. Louis Lambert International Airport Travel Interstate 70 west Take 5th Street exit 229 B Turn Right off the exit onto S. 5th St Turn Right (East) onto Ameristar Blvd Turn LEFT (North) onto S Main St
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, July 27)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. There will also be two stops at different points during the trip at stores for those who need sundries.

. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: In the hotel dining area, enjoy a plated dinner including entrée, salad, and dessert plus assorted beverages.
 Evening: At leisure. The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know your fellow participants, walk around the area, or settle in and relax.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Museum of Westward Expansion / Gateway Arch / Winery Lunch / Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center / The Louisiana Purchase
(Monday, July 28)
 Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast area, enjoy your choice of morning favorites including breakfast meats, eggs, fruit, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, pastries, and a waffle station plus juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: For our field trip this morning, we board the motorcoach and ride into St. Louis to the Gateway Arch, America’s tallest national monument (630 feet/192 meters) and one of the most impressive. The design by architect Eero Saarinen commemorates St. Louis’s role in the westward expansion of the U.S. We ascend to the top by tram for panoramic views -- 30 miles on a clear day! -- and to explore the Museum of Westward Expansion that preserves some of the rarest artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark. Its educational exhibits present the world of American Indians and 19th-Century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West. (If heights are not your thing, you will have the option to view a movie on the making of the Arch rather than take the tram ride to the top.)
 Lunch: In the heart of the St. Charles historic district, we will have lunch at a winery-restaurant to enjoy soup and a signature half-sandwich.
 Afternoon: Next, we explore the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center that houses full-scale replicas of the boats used by the Corps of Discovery on the lower level. On the upper level is a museum with exhibits illustrating highlights of the expedition, Native American displays, and natural habitats they encountered on their epic journey, as well as the largest indoor mural in the state, “Missouri River Walk.” Outside, there are nature trails with a variety of flora and fauna in different seasons.

You may continue exploring until we reboard the motorcoach for departure, The Group Leader will indicate when and where to regroup.
 Dinner: For dinner on the St. Charles Community College campus, enjoy a catered entrée accompanied by fruit salad, vegetables, dinner rolls, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 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 be explored by Lewis and Clark.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Independence, MO / Arrow Rock State Historic Site / Lewis and Clark Overlook / Truman Presidential Museum and Library / Fort Osage National Historic Landmark / Trappers and the Fur Trade
(Tuesday, July 29)
 Breakfast: Early at the hotel.
 Morning: Each time we check out of the hotel, we will carry out bags to the bus for loading. Departure today is scheduled for 7:45 a.m.

After a ride of approximately 2.5 hours, we arrive at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. With a local guide, examine the exhibits of area history from early Osage and Missouri tribal settlements to French and Spanish exploration, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Corps of Discovery. The entire village is a designated National Historic Landmark recognizing its association with westward expansion.

Next, we take a short ride to the Scenic Overlook at the Arrow Rock Historic Site for a view of the Missouri River and the salt licks noted by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
 Lunch: Box lunch (sandwich, chips, fruit, water) at a scenic picnic area near the Overlook with a presentation on “Lewis & Clark in the Arrow Rock Area.”
 Afternoon: After a ride of approximately an hour and forty-five minutes, we arrive at the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. The fort, overlooking the Missouri River, was built in 1808 under William Clark’s direction as both a military garrison and a trade center. It has been reconstructed to appear as it was in the days of Lewis and Clark, with authentically attired interpreters who provide living-history insights. We will examine the Lewis and Clark exhibits and view a film on the historic expedition.

Mid-afternoon, we continue to the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, commemorating the life and service of the 33rd President of the U.S. A self-guided tour of the Library and the Museum includes the exhibit “Spies, Lies, and Paranoia.”
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner with a variety of choices at the hotel.
 Evening: Our presentation this evening is on "Trappers and the Fur Trade." Learn about the tough, intrepid men who forged trails into the wilderness to harvest its bounty of furs, the trading outposts they established, and their impact on regional development.
Accommodations: Higher Ground Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Missouri River Basin Interpretive Center / Transfer to Council Bluffs, IA via Nebraska City / Western Historic Trails Center / Fort Atkinson / Lewis and Clark Monument and Scenic Overlook / Hotel Check-in
(Wednesday, July 30)
 Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers cereals, breads, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we depart for Kaw Point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived on June 26, 1804, and camped for three days.

Our next stop is Nebraska City where the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center focuses on more than 300 discoveries of flora, fauna, and scientific discoveries during the Corps of Discovery’s expedition. Our Study Leader, who is a Lewis and Clark historian, will be on hand to answer questions during your independent exploration.
 Lunch: En route, we will stop for a buffet lunch with pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts.
 Afternoon: Arriving in Council Bluffs, we encounter more aspects of the Lewis and Clark Trail at the Western Historic Trails Center, following in the footsteps of early pioneers through exhibits, maps, films, and sculpture.

On July 30, 1804, Lewis and Clark set up camp on this site that later became Fort Atkinson, first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. Here at today’s state historical park, the reconstructed log fort is on the site of the first meeting between Lewis and Clark as representatives of the U.S. and western “Indians” -- native people of the Otoe Missouria tribe. This “council” established the format for subsequent councils during the expedition where the principals would give speeches, smoke a pipe, and exchange gifts. Council Bluffs was named for this event.
 Dinner: We will eat out at a Council Bluffs restaurant and enjoy a meal with entrée accompanied by vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverage.
 Evening: En route to the hotel, we will stop at the Lewis and Clark Monument and Scenic Overlook honoring the expedition’s stop in 1804 and their historic meeting with Otoe and Missouri Indians. After check-in, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Vermillion, SD via Sioux City / Lewis and Clark State Park / Sergeant Floyd Monument / Spirit Mound
(Thursday, July 31)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, choose from eggs, hard boiled eggs, breakfast meat, waffles, muffins, bagels, breads, cold cereal, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, our first field trip today is to Lewis and Clark State Park. Lewis and Clark led their expedition of 26 men and supplies up the Missouri River from St. Louis by keelboat to the site where the state park is now on the shores of Blue Lake, an ox-bow formed by the Missouri River. The park’s most distinctive feature is a full-size reproduction of their keelboat, "Best Friend."

We continue from the park to Sioux City.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Sioux City Library includes sandwiches, fruit, chips, cookies, water.
 Afternoon: In a guided walk through the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, learn about the leg of the expedition that traversed this region with a focus on the story of Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr., the only member of the Corps to die on the journey and the first U.S. soldier to die west of the Mississippi River. Today, a 100-foot obelisk marks Sergeant Floyd’s final resting place.

Continuing our journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail towards Yankton, we stop at Spirit Mound. Local tribes believed that tiny spirits or demons, 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.

We continue to our hotel in Vermillion, South Dakota, for check-in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Best Western Vermillion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Pierre, SD / Fort Randall / St. Joseph’s School / State Historical Society Cultural Heritage Center / Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center
(Friday, August 1)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy your choice of hot sandwiches, waffles, pastries, cereal bar, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: We check out of the hotel, load the motorcoach, and travel to the remains of Fort Randall, on the south side of the Missouri River, for a rest stop, then proceed to the Akta Lakota Museum and St. Joseph’s School.

We will have an introduction to the museum -- an educational outreach of St. Joseph’s Indian School -- to learn more about Native peoples, area history, and to take a look at an authentic teepee that was the typical abode of Plains tribes. St. Joseph’s first opened as a government boarding school in 1880 and is now run by a Catholic order serving children and youths from area Sioux reservations.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at St. Joseph's School with a talk by a local expert.
 Afternoon: Moving on to Pierre, South Dakota's state capital, we will have a guided exploration of the State Historical Society’s new Cultural Heritage Center. The Cultural Heritage Center features artifacts from the state's past and exhibits from Sioux life, culture, and history to the tools of ranchers and miners.

Hotel check-in follows the field trip.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you like, you may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your cost.
 Evening: At leisure. Relax or explore Pierre. Your centrally-located hotel is six blocks from the historic downtown, and three blocks from the banks of the Missouri River.
Accommodations: ClubHouse Hotel & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Transfer to Bismarck, ND / Sacagawea Monument / Sitting Bull Site / Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
(Saturday, August 2)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, have your choice of biscuits and gravy, waffles, fruit, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, cheese, toast, bagels, English muffins, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we’re on our way to Bismarck, capital of North Dakota, with stops at historic landmarks and sites along the way including a Sacagawea Monument and a (disputed) Sitting Bull grave site.
 Lunch: We will stop en route for a buffet lunch with meats, salads, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Afternoon: For perhaps 1,000 years before Lewis and Clark, the site that became Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park was occupied by Mandan Indians who lived in earth lodges that have been reconstructed to depict their lifestyle. Many years later, it was from Fort Abraham Lincoln that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh cavalry through rolling hills and bluffs on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. We will explore the Custer house and earth lodges in On-A-Slant Village to learn more about the Mandan Indians.

At the conclusion of our field trip, we depart for our hotel in Bismarck.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Following dinner we will have a special treat! Clay Jenkinson an award winning author and educator of the humanities will portray Meriwether Lewis followed by questions and answers. Clay, a highly sought after speaker, has been honored by two presidents for his work. On November 6, 1989, he received from President George Bush one of the first five Charles Frankel Prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal). On April 11, 1994, he was the first public humanities scholar to present a program at a White House-sponsored event when he presented Thomas Jefferson for a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.
Accommodations: Comfort Suites Bismarck
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bismarck, ND to Medora, ND
(Sunday, August 3)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, your choice of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, waffles, toast, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: We check out of the hotel and travel to learn about some of North Dakota's rich history at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

From there, we move on to 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 you can try on, a cradle-board much like Sakakawea may have used to carry her baby, and an authentic wood canoe carved from a cottonwood tree.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at Fort Mandan.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore Fort Mandan, then hop aboard the motorcoach and travel to Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site. Learn about the lives of the Northern Plains Indians on the Upper Missouri as you step into a reconstructed earth lodge; view the artistry of everyday and ceremonial clothing, bags, and implements; and gain an appreciation for traditional Hidatsa tribal life. Walking through the Sakakawea site, you will see where earth lodge depressions hint of vibrant village life.

Check in to the historic Rough Rider Hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy barbecue (or a non-barbecue option) and sides plus lemonade, coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure. Relax or explore on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Accommodations: Rough Riders Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Medora, ND to Billings, MT
(Monday, August 4)
 Breakfast: After hotel check-out, we will ride to the Schafer Center for breakfast with eggs, bacon, seasonal fruit and berries, muffins, hash browns, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: Our journey continues as we proceed from Medora to Billings, stopping at historic landmarks and sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Pompey’s 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 Pompey’s Pillar National Monument to see canoe replicas and enjoy the view of the Yellowstone River.

Arriving in Billings, we check in to our hotel. You will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet dinner with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, vegetables, rolls, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: Tonight, hear the fascinating account of Clark's return journey down the Yellowstone River.
Accommodations: Best Western Clocktower Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Billings, MT to Helena, MT
(Tuesday, August 5)
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet includes an egg casserole, pastries, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: We check out of the hotel and head for 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. As we explore the park, history interpreters will relate 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 at the park.
 Afternoon: Reboarding the motorcoach, we continue to Helena, with historic interpretation en route. We expect to arrive in Helena early evening for hotel check-in.
 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a dinner with choice of entrée and salad plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: This evening’s presentation focuses on tomorrow’s destination -- Gates of the Mountain -- the spectacular landscape seen by Lewis and Clark as they boated along the Missouri River. Learn about their challenging trip through this area of towering limestone cliffs with a deep narrow channel where rock walls appeared to block their passage.
Accommodations: Jorgenson's Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Helena, MT to Great Falls, MT / State Capitol / Historical Society Museum / Gates of the Mountains Boat Excursion / First People’s Buffalo Jump
(Wednesday, August 6)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes sausage, bacon, eggs, hash-browns, oatmeal, cold cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we ride to the Montana State Capitol Complex set amid 10 acres of spacious lawns. The handsome capitol building itself was completed in 1902. Among its many beautiful paintings is Charles M. Russell's magnificent historical depiction of Lewis and Clark meeting the Indians at Ross' Hole on September 5, 1805.

Then, take a self-guided walk through the Montana Historical Society which collects, preserves, and interprets fine art, historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts pertaining to the state and region. The collection of more than 50,000 items relates to all aspects of Montana history and culture including Native American pieces from each of the many tribes who have called Montana home. Other outstanding features are works by Montana's “Cowboy Artist” -- Charlie Russell -- and sculptor Bob Scriver’s life works representing wildlife, frontier figures, and native people.

Arriving at Gates of the Mountains -- the name bestowed by Meriwether Lewis in July 1805 -- we embark on a boat excursion along the Missouri River to view wooded slopes and towering walls of limestone Lewis and Clark would still recognize. High above are Bighorn sheep and Mountain Goats, eagles and some 120 other species of bird life, while the canyon is home to creatures such as beavers, black bears, deer, ermine, mountain lions, otters, squirrels, and more (which may or may not be visible during our cruise).
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the park.
 Afternoon: We continue to Great Falls, with historic interpretation along the way including a guided visit at Ulm Pishkun in First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park -- the largest bison cliff jump in North America. For centuries, native peoples hunted buffalo by stampeding them over the mile-long cliff. Tribe members waiting below would finish the kills. Some areas in the archaeological site have up to 18 feet of compacted buffalo skeletons.

Arriving in Great Falls, we check in to our hotel, where you will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: We will eat out at a popular buffet restaurant with a variety of salads, soup, entrées, side dishes, desserts, plus sodas, juice, coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Townhouse Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Great Falls, MT / C.M. Russell Museum / Portage Route
(Thursday, August 7)
 Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers waffles, fruit, oatmeal, cold cereals, muffins, toast, juice, coffee, tea.
 Morning: Free Morning. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Lunch: Lunch at the C.M. Russell Museum -- “build your own” sandwich, salads, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we explore a place where the Old West lives on -- one of America’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of C. M. Russell art and memorabilia in the world. Charles Marion Russell’s artwork is part entertainment, part history lesson. In a fascinating presentation, learn about the life of this cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, artist, and passionate advocate for the Plains Indians. Then, explore the museum. Led by a local expert, we then take a guided drive via motorcoach following the infamous Portage Route, where the Corps of Discovery experienced a grueling, month-long trial to determine the best route around the falls -- a serious underestimation on their part.
 Dinner: At the hotel, dinner offers buffalo spare ribs, salad and side dishes, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Townhouse Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Great Falls, MT to Missoula, MT / Giant Springs State Park / Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
(Friday, August 8)
 Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers waffles, fruit, oatmeal, cold cereals, muffins, toast, juice, coffee, tea.
 Morning: We check out of the hotel and travel to Giant Springs State Park with a local expert. It was here in 1805 that Lewis and Clark “discovered” one of the largest freshwater springs in the country -- flowing at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day! Those who would like to join the Group Leader on an optional walk will follow the River’s Edge Trail from Giant Springs to the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Those who prefer to ride aboard the motorcoach will rendezvous at the interpretive center. Displays interpret the portage around the Great Falls and other aspects of the expedition with an emphasis on relationships with the Indian tribes of the Northern Plains.
 Lunch: At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park Headquarters
 Afternoon: Continuing with our local expert, we cross over Rogers Pass to Lincoln, MT for a brief rest stop, then arrive at Great Falls and check in at our hotel. You will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, enjoy a dinner entrée with salad, side dishes, , rolls and butter, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: Tonight we learn more about 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.
Accommodations: Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Missoula, MT to Lewiston, ID / Traveler's Rest State Park / Lolo Summit / Nez Perce National Historical Park
(Saturday, August 9)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes eggs, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, waffles, French toast, fruit, cereal, yogurt, assorted juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we ride to 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: We will have lunch at a local lodge with a half sandwich, soup, salad, brownie, and beverage.
 Afternoon: Moving on to Lewiston, we will have a rest stop at 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.

At Nez Perce National Historical Park, we will have a presentation about the ways of the Nez Perce people and view a sample canoe. The Nez Perce called themselves Nimi'ipuu, which means “real people” or “we the people.” Nimi'ipuu oral history records their presence in these lands since time immemorial. More than any other group in their travels, the Corps of Discovery became friendly with the Nez Perce, who gave them assistance at the most desperate time in the expedition in the autumn of 1805. In return, Lewis and Clark promised a productive relationship with the U.S. government (promises the government never kept as it pursued a policy of Manifest Destiny). But in 1806 when the expedition returned, they were welcomed by the Nez Perce.

After arrival and check-in at our hotel, you will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: For our dinner at the hotel, enjoy an entrée accompanied by salad, vegetables, rolls and butter, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: Learn about the history and culture of the Nez Perce people from a Tribal Council Member.
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Lewiston, ID to Hood River, OR
(Sunday, August 10)
 Breakfast: At the hotel’s breakfast buffet, enjoy your choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, oatmeal, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: We check out of hotel, leave the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, and journey towards The Dalles, OR, traveling through the southwest portion of Washington. Instruction provided aboard the bus. Crossing into Oregon, we view Hat Rock named by Clark on October 19th, 1805.
 Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at Sacagawea State Park, where the Columbia and Snake rivers converge. You will also have some free time to experience the Confluence Project: “Here, where rivers meet and indigenous people once gathered, the Confluence Project explores the intersection of environment, cultures and a regional history that reaches back many hundreds of years.” The project is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers. The project stretches more than 300 miles, referencing passages from the Lewis at Clark journals at seven different sites that each feature an art installation by Ms. Lin.
 Afternoon: We continue to The Dalles, OR, where we will visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, with interpretation by our onboard historian.

We then move on to Hood River for hotel check-in, with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Our dinner at the hotel includes a tasty entrée with side dishes, salad, rolls, dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
 Evening: At leisure. Relax or take a walk down to the private beach by the hotel.
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Hood River, OR to Astoria, OR / Multnomah Falls / Cape Disappointment
(Monday, August 11)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, breakfast includes eggs, ham, potatoes, muffins, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel. Aboard our motorcoach, we follow the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Visit Multnomah Falls that 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 "Ocean in view! Oh! The joy."
 Afternoon: A step-on guide will join us aboard the motorcoach for a learning journey through various landmarks in the area, including Long Beach, Washington, the farthest point north on the coast reach by the expedition.

Check in to hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a dinner with choice of entrée, side dishes, and dessert plus coffee, iced tea, water.
 Evening: Tonight's presentation, "Fulfillment of the Dream," takes you through the final legs of the expedition and its conclusion.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express (Astoria, OR)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Astoria, OR to Portland, OR / Fort Clatsop
(Tuesday, August 12)
 Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy your choice of breakfast meat, eggs including hard-boiled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, breads and pastries, juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: We take a field trip to 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.

Returning to Astoria, we 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: For lunch in Astoria, you have a choice of main dish accompanied by homemade cookies plus coffee, tea, soda.
 Afternoon: Travel to Portland.
 Dinner: Enjoy a tasty farewell dinner at the hotel with entrée, salad and vegetables, rolls, and dessert. This is an opportunity to share a final evening together with new Road Scholar friends.
 Evening: We close with a wrap-up session for reflections on the journey and farewells. Get a good night’s sleep for departure in the morning.
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Portland, OR / Program Concludes / Departures
(Wednesday, August 13)

Note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon. For those flying out, an airport shuttle service is available; please consult the hotel concierge.

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel includes eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, cereal, breads, yogurt, coffee, tea, and juice. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Pierre, SD General Overview
Optional 3 block walk, open till 10PM. Admission is free.
  Helena, MT Holter Museum of Art
The 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
  Montana Historical Society
The 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
  Great Falls, MT C.M. Russell Museum Complex
C.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
  Great Falls Historic Trolley
The 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
  Malmstrom Air Force Base Heritage Center and Air Park
Exterior 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
  Missoula, MT Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
The 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
  Missoula Art Museum
Missoula 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
  St. Charles, MO Old Town
To visitor Center
  Portland, OR Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
The 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
  International Rose Test Garden
With 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
  Lan Su Chinese Garden
Discover 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
  Oregon Historical Society
Experience 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
  Pittock Mansion
The 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 Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information. For additional information, visit
  Portland Art Museum
The 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
  Portland International Airport
For information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website. For additional information, visit
  Portland Japanese Garden
This 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
  Portland Spirit River Cruise
Portland 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
  Portland Walking Tours
Portland 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
  Powell's City of Books
Powell'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
  Travel Portland
Portland'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
  Tri Met
Tri 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
  Waterfront Bicycle
Whether 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
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Suggested Reading List

Along the Trail With Lewis and Clark

Author: Barbara Fifer and Vicky Soderberg

Indian Life on the Upper Missouri

Author: John C. Ewers

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians

Author: James P. Ronda

Lewis and Clark: Pioneering Naturalists

Author: Paul Russell Cutright

Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Author: Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns

Native America: Portrait of the Peoples

Author: Duane Champagne

Native Peoples of the Northwest

Author: Jan Halliday and Gail Chehak

Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Author: Eldon G. Chuinard

Out West: American Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Author: Dayton Duncan

Passage of Discovery: The ‘American Rivers’ Guide to the Missouri River of Lewis and Clark

Author: Daniel Botkin

Seeking Western Waters: The Lewis and Clark Trail From the Rockies to the Pacific

Author: Emory Strong & Ruth Strong

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Author: Bernard DeVoto

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: Volumes 2 – 11

Author: Gary Moulton

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

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