Experience the Trail
Lewis & Clark Trail in Oregon offers a wide variety of experiences,
from hiking and biking to adventures by water. Here are a few ideas to
get you thinking about different ways to see and experience the Lewis
& Clark corridor:
- Take a step
back in time: Drive, bike and hike the Historic Columbia River Highway,
the nations first scenic road, built between 1913 and 1922, and
championed by good roads advocate Sam Hill. Located in the
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the highway is accessible to motorized
vehicles in some areas; other long-abandoned segments have been restored
for hiking and biking only. Stunning Gorge and Columbia River views,
historic bridges and stonework, cascading waterfalls, reopened tunnels,
and narrow, curving loops will take you back to a slower pace of life.
Kloos, (503) 731-8234; www.odot.state.or.us/hcrh
- Explore the
Lower Columbia: A 146-mile water trail from Bonneville Dam to the
Pacific Ocean is being developed by the Lower Columbia River Estuary
Partnership. Online and published maps with site and safety information
will guide people in non-motorized boats along the river for one-day
or overnight explorations. Its a great way to experience the river
in much the same way the Corps of Discovery did 200 years ago.
Contact: Chris Hathaway,
(503) 226-1565, ext. 228; www.lcrep.org
- Take the Scenic
Route: The Lewis & Clark corridor in Oregon encompasses three
scenic byways offering motorists a wonderful way to slow down and experience
the real Oregon. Byways on or near the trail in Oregon include:
- Journey Through
Time Scenic Byway (Oregon Scenic Byway) North Central Oregon;
Contact: Sue Newstetter, (541)
- Historic Columbia
River Highway (All-American Road) Columbia Gorge; Contact:
Sue Newstetter, (541) 932-4366.
- Pacific Coast
Scenic Byway (National Scenic Byway) Oregon Coast (Highway
101); contact: Onno
Husing, (541) 265-8918.
- Cruise the
Columbia: Experience the Columbia from the comfort of one of several
cruise-ships with itineraries highlighting Lewis & Clarks
voyage to the Pacific Ocean. At least five companies offer half, full
and multi-day tours. Departures, features and itineraries vary.
Public Relations Manager, Oregon Tourism Commission,
(503) 986-0005 for a list of river cruise operators.
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