Activity note: Hotel check in is available from 3:00 p.m
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check-in to the hotel. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. In addition to our Group Leader, we will also have a Lewis and Clark historian as our Study Leader, who will serve as our primary lecturer and provide commentary on board the coach, supplemented by local experts at study sites. There will be two stops at different points during the trip at stores for those who need sundries. Unless noted otherwise, travel and transfers will be via motorcoach. Estimated drive time is dependent on traffic. Each time we check out of our hotels, we will carry our bags to the bus for loading. Free time is reserved for your independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: We will ride about 70 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 2 hours total drive time. At the Gateway Arch, those who wish may walk with the Study Leader rather than take the tram ride to the top.
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast area, enjoy a buffet with 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: We will board our motorcoach for a field trip 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 United States. We ascend to the top by tram for panoramic views — 30 miles on a clear day. As the museum at the arch is closed due to repairs and refurbishments, examine exhibits in the Old Courthouse that tell the story of Lewis and Clark.
Lunch: In the heart of the St. Charles historic district, we will have lunch at a winery-restaurant with soup and half-sandwich.
Afternoon: Our next field trip is to the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center where we’ll have a docent-led exploration. The lower level houses full-scale replicas of the boats used by the Corps of Discovery. 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. We’ll also learn about boats including keelboats, pirogues, and dugout canoes. As time permits, continue exploring on your own until we reboard the motorcoach for departure. The Group Leader will announce when and where to regroup.
Dinner: In the auditorium on the St. Charles Community College campus, our catered meal includes entrée, fruit salad, vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, and coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a professor for a presentation that will set the stage for our journey and learn about America's acquisition of the vast French-controlled lands that would be explored by Lewis and Clark: the Louisiana Purchase.
Activity note: We will ride about 240 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time. Optional walk of one mile on the Santa Fe trail from Fort Osage.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board our motorcoach for the 2.5 hour ride to Arrow Rock State Historic Site, once a busy town on the Missouri River and now an open air museum village with several historic buildings. We’ll be joined by a local expert who will lead our examination of 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’ll take a short ride to the Scenic Overlook at Arrow Rock for a view of the Missouri River and the salt licks noted by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Lunch: At a scenic picnic area near the Overlook, we’ll have boxed lunches with a sandwich, chips, fruit, and water, plus a presentation on Lewis & Clark in the Arrow Rock area.
Afternoon: Our next stop is Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, approximately an hour and forty-five minutes away. This 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. Moving on, we’ll arrive mid-afternoon at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, commemorating the life and service of our 33rd President. During your self-directed exploration of the Library and Museum, don’t miss the exhibit on Spies, Lies, and Paranoia. We’ll then proceed to the hotel for check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet dinner with a variety of choices.
Evening: A local expert will join us for a presentation 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.
Activity note: We will ride about 245 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time. Hiking approximately one and a quarter miles at the confluence of the Kansas City & Missouri Rivers.
Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, breads, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: After we check out of the hotel, we will 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. In addition to commentary by our Study Leader, there will be a photo op. 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 will be on hand to answer questions during your independent exploration. We’ll then depart for Council Bluffs.
Lunch: En route, we will stop for a buffet lunch with pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts.
Afternoon: Our next stop is Fort Atkinson. 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. At the conclusion of our field trip, we’ll head to the hotel for check in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At a Council Bluffs restaurant, enjoy a meal with entrée, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverage.
Evening: After dinner we'll be provided with the unique opportunity to hear a presentation from one of the foremost Lewis and Clark scholars in the country, Dr. Gary Moulton of the University of Nebraska. Moulton spent nearly 25 years compiling, editing, and publishing a 13-volume set of the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Activity note: We will ride about 180 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 3.5 hours total drive time. Hiking one and a quarter miles at Spirit Mound.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers eggs, including hard boiled eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, muffins, bagels, breads, cold cereal, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and be off for our first field trip of the day 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 this site 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” that we’ll learn about from a staff member. We’ll continue from the park to Sioux City.
Lunch: At the Sioux City Library, we’ll enjoy sandwiches with fruit, chips, cookies, water.
Afternoon: We’ll then go for an expert-led walk through the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to 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. We’ll continue our journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail towards Yankton, South Dakota, with a 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 the 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’ll explore on foot with our Study Leader. Moving on to Yankton, we’ll check-in to our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: In the hotel banquet hall, dinner will include salad, an entrée, side dishes, dessert and coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: We will ride about 250 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet with your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, waffles, bagels, muffins, toast, yogurt, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, load the motorcoach, and travel to the remains of Fort Randall on the south side of the Missouri River, where we’ll have a rest stop, then proceed to the Akta Lakota Museum and St. Joseph’s School.
Lunch: During lunch, we will have an introduction by museum staff. At St. Joseph's School, we’ll have boxed lunches and a talk by a local expert.
Afternoon: After lunch the staff will lead us through the museum — an educational outreach of St. Joseph’s Indian School — to learn more about Native peoples, area history, and 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 operated by a Catholic order serving children and youths from area Sioux reservations. Moving on to Pierre, South Dakota's state capital, we will have an expert-led exploration of the State Historical Society’s new Cultural Heritage Center. The center features artifacts from the state's past and exhibits from Sioux life, culture, and history, to the tools of ranchers and miners. We’ll then proceed to the hotel for check in.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure. Our centrally-located hotel is 6 blocks from the historic downtown, and 3 blocks from the banks of the Missouri River. Take a walk or just relax.
Activity note: We will ride about 245 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time. Walking up ramp to board riverboat.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers your choice of biscuits and gravy, waffles, fruit, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, cheese, toast, bagels, English muffins, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: After we check out of the hotel, we’re on our way to Bismarck, North Dakota’s capital city, with stops at historic landmarks and sites along the way including a Sacagawea Monument and a (disputed) Sitting Bull grave site.
Lunch: We’ll 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 earth lodges in the On-A-Slant Village to learn more about the Mandan Indians. We’ll then depart for the Port of Bismarck.
Dinner: As a special treat this evening, enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Lewis and Clark Riverboat featuring barbecue and sides, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We’ll check in to our hotel after dinner. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Activity note: We will ride about 210 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 4 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, waffles, toast, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll travel to the North Dakota Heritage Center for independent exploration and an opportunity to learn about some of the state’s rich history. The Study Leader will be on hand to answer questions. We’ll then move on to the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center where staff will provide 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. We’ll then move on to Fort Mandan where we’ll explore the fort with a member of the local staff.
Lunch: At Fort Mandan we'll have sack lunches.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll hop aboard the motorcoach and travel to the Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site. Here, a ranger will tell us 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, we will see where earth lodge depressions hint of vibrant village life. From here, we’ll ride on and check-in to the Rough Rider Hotel in Medora, constructed in 1884 and renamed in 1903 to honor Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and their service in the Spanish-American war.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy barbecue and sides, plus lemonade, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: We will ride about 285 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 4.5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: After we check out of the hotel, we’ll ride to a local restaurant for breakfast with choices of eggs, bacon, waffles, 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, whom 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. Upon arrival in Billings, we’ll check-in to our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a dinner including entrée, starch, salad, vegetables, and dessert plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Tonight, we’ll hear the fascinating account of Clark's return journey down the Yellowstone River from a local expert.
Activity note: We will ride about 245 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 4 hours total drive time. Hiking approximately one mile at Missouri Headwaters State Park.
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast options includes an egg casserole, breakfast meats, pastries, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and head for Missouri Headwaters State Park that 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: Boxed lunches at the park.
Afternoon: Reboarding the motorcoach, we’ll continue to Helena with commentary by our on board Study Leader. We expect to arrive 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 is by a local expert who will focus 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.
Activity note: We will ride about 100 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 2.5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes eggs, breakfast meats, hash-browns, oatmeal, cold cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: After we check out of the hotel, we’ll 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. A local expert will lead our exploration. Then, it’s time for a self-directed walk through the Montana Historical Society that 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 that have called Montana home. Other outstanding features are works by Montana's “Cowboy Artist," Charles M. Russell, and sculptor Bob Scriver’s life works representing wildlife, frontier figures, and native people. We’ll then depart for Gates of the Mountains, the name bestowed by Meriwether Lewis in July 1805. We’ll embark on a boat excursion along the Missouri River to view wooded slopes and towering walls of limestone that Lewis and Clark would still recognize today. 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 boat ride).
Lunch: Sack lunches in the park.
Afternoon: We’ll reboard our motorcoach and continue to Great Falls, with historic interpretation by our on board Study Leader. For centuries, native peoples hunted buffalo by stampeding them over a mile-long cliff in what is now the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Tribe members waiting below would finish the kills. Some areas in the archaeological site have up to 18 feet of compacted buffalo skeletons. Ulm Pishkun in the park may be the largest such site in the world. We’ll stop to explore with our local expert. Arriving in Great Falls, we'll check-in to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel we'll enjoy salad, entrées, side dishes, dessert, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: We will ride about 100 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 2.5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers waffles, fruit, oatmeal, cold cereals, muffins, toast, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: For our first field trip of the day, we’ll board the motorcoach and travel to Decision Point where the Marias River meets the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark made a historic decision here which greatly affected the outcome of the expedition. Their Minitaree Indian friends had drawn them a rough map of the rivers on the upper Missouri, but they had not included this river on their chart. It posed a problem: Which was the real Missouri? They had to be sure, so they spent a week sending exploring parties up each river. Next, we’ll head to the C. M. Russell Museum.
Lunch: At the C.M. Russell Museum, we’ll have “build your own” sandwich bar plus salad, dessert, coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: After lunch we’ll 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 on your own. Led by our Study Leader, we’ll take the motorcoach to follow the infamous Portage Route, where the Corps of Discovery experienced a grueling, month-long trial to determine the best route around the great 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.
Activity note: We’ll ride about 190 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 4 hours total drive time. Hiking approximately one and a quarter miles at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll travel to Giant Springs State Park. 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! The Group Leader will take us on a walk following 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. We’ll then go next door to the Montanta Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Lunch: At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks headquarters, enjoy boxed lunches.
Afternoon: Continuing with our journey, we’ll cross over Rogers Pass to Lincoln, MT for a brief rest stop, then arrive in Missoula and check-in at our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: In a private meeting room at the hotel, enjoy dinner with an entrée, salad, side dishes, rolls and butter, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Tonight we’ll learn more about the natural soundscapes along the trail from a local expert. 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.
Activity note: We will ride about 255 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 7.5 hours total drive time.
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 we check out of the hotel, we'll ride to Traveler's Rest State Park where the expedition camped on September 9-11, 1805 and June 30-July 3, 1806. 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 a latrine and central fire of the Corps in 2002. This is the second of the two sites with evidence confirming the group's visit.
Lunch: We will have lunch at a local lodge with soup and half a sandwich, salad, brownie, and beverage.
Afternoon: Moving on to Lewiston, we'll 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'll 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 most 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 still welcomed by the Nez Perce. After arrival and check-in at our hotel, freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a meal with entrée, salad, vegetables, rolls and butter, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: This evening we will have a presentation by a local expert.
Activity note: We will ride about 290 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5.5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: At the hotel’s breakfast buffet, enjoy your choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll check out of hotel, leave the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, and journey towards The Dalles, Oregon, traveling through the southeast portion of Washington, with commentary en route. Crossing into Oregon, we'll view Hat Rock, named by Clark on October 19th, 1805.
Lunch: At Sacagawea State Park, we’ll have boxed lunches where the Columbia and Snake rivers converge.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll have some independent time to explore the Confluence Project site. “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. Back aboard the motorcoach, we’ll continue to The Dalles, where we'll visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, with interpretation by our onboard historian.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel will include an entrée, side dishes, dessert, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: We will ride about 220 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers eggs, ham, potatoes, muffins, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach and follow the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, we’ll stop at Multnomah Falls that plummets 620 feet and is a major landmark on the Columbia River. We’ll then continue to Skamokawa.
Lunch: At Skamokawa Vista Park, we’ll have sack lunches. Our Study Leader will discuss the expedition team when it was close to the end of its journey here. Although the Corps was looking at the Columbia River Estuary, Clark mistakenly wrote "Ocean in view! Oh! The joy.”
Afternoon: Aboard the motorcoach, we’ll take a field trip to various landmarks in the area, including Cape Disappointment and Long Beach, Washington, the farthest point north on the coast reached by the expedition. We’ll then check-in to our hotel.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a dinner with choice of entrée, side dishes, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, iced tea, water.
Evening: Tonight's presentation by our Study Leader takes us through the final legs of the expedition and its conclusion, the fulfillment of the dream.
Activity note: We will ride about 115 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 3 hours total drive time. 160 steps to the top of the Astoria Column.
Breakfast: The hotel breakfast buffet offers your choice of breakfast meat, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, breads and pastries, juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Our field trip this morning is to Fort Clatsop, site of the expedition's winter quarters from December 7, 1805 to March 23, 1806. The fort was a safe haven from the stormy shores of the Columbia River Estuary. We’ll be joined by rangers for presentations on a variety of topics. Returning to Astoria, we’ll see the Astoria Column that stands on Astoria's highest hill. Those who wish to climb the 160 steps to the top of this 125-foot spire will have an impressive view of the Columbia River Estuary.
Lunch: At an Astoria restaurant, enjoy a plated meal with choice of soup or salad, main dish, side dish, and dessert, plus soda, coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: We’ll drive on to Portland and check in to our hotel.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a tasty farewell dinner with entrée, salad and vegetables, rolls, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We'll gather in our meeting room at the hotel to share experiences and exchange farewells with new Road Scholar friends. Then prepare for departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check out is by 12:00 Noon. Please consult the hotel concierge regarding shuttle service to the airport.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, cereal, breads, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea, and water. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!