Tracing the Trail of Lewis and Clark

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  • 13 Days | 26 Meals
  • Multiple Dates
  • $4,297

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Tracing the Trail of Lewis and Clark

Follow the path Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took, as they made their way west on their Corps of Discovery Expedition

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Aug 19 - Sep 1, 2022
14 days | 13 nights

Over 210 years ago, Lewis and Clark led a historic expedition to the American West that “fired the imagination of the American people and made them feel the full sweep of the continent on which they lived.” Join Sunrise Tours to retrace this epic journey from St. Louis to the Oregon coast. The tour will feature a Sunrise tour manager as well as historian, Lou Ritten, on board for the duration of the tour.

  • Visit the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • Capture views at Spirit Mound where Clark wrote about the beauty of the land
  • Journey through the Lower Brule and Standing Rock Indian Reservations
  • Enjoy a catered dinner in North Dakota’s Heritage Center
  • Visit Fort Mandan
  • See Fort Union where the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers meet
  • Visit Fort Benton, the last stop for steamboats coming from St. Louis in the 1800’s
  • Visit Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Take a boat ride between giant cliffs cut by the Missouri River and visit Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • Travel along the beautiful Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Two night stay in beautiful Astoria

DAY 1: ST. LOUIS, MO

Arrive in St. Louis to meet your Sunrise tour manager, fellow explorers and historian, Lou Ritten, your guide on an unforgettable expedition to experience the epic journey that Lewis and Clark traveled to span the continent. D

DAY 2: ST. JOSEPH, MO

Meriwether Lewis wrote in his journal “The mouth of the River Dubois is to be considered as the point of departure.” And just as the Lewis and Clark Expedition began, ours too will begin at Camp DuBois, the winter camp and launch point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We will continue westward and across Missouri for an overnight stay in St. Joseph, Missouri.

DAY 3: SIOUX CITY, NE

Visit the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. For a sense of what Lewis and Clark saw, take in the unobstructed views of the Missouri river. Learn about plants, animals and scientific discoveries recorded by the Lewis and Clark expedition. Continue north to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center before an overnight in S. Sioux City, NE along the Missouri River. B, D

DAY 4: CHAMBERLAIN, SD

Travel into South Dakota, capture views at Spirit Mound where Clark wrote about the beauty of the land. Visit the Akta Lakota Museum for rare and fascinating glimpse into the Lakota Culture. Take in the interesting stories of the meetings between Lewis and Clark and the members of the Sioux Indians. B, D

DAY 5: BISMARCK, ND

Journey through the Lower Brule and Standing Rock Indian Reservations into North Dakota, visiting significant Lewis & Clark sites along the way. Enjoy a catered dinner in North Dakota’s Heritage Center with time to browse its exhibits. Overnight in Bismarck. B, D

DAY 6: WILLISTON, ND

Trekking west, visit Fort Mandan, where the expedition party spent a productive winter gathering information from the friendly Indians and recruited Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea as interpreters. At Knife River National Historic Site see the reconstructed winter quarters and earthen lodges of the Northern Indians. Overnight in Williston, ND. B, D

DAY 7: GREAT FALLS, MT

Following the trail, cross into Montana and stop at Fort Union where the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers meet. At Decision Point you will see the vistas the men saw, which made them ponder the question which of these rivers is the Missouri? Lewis and Clark spent five days exploring the Missouri and Marias rivers, to determine which branch was the Missouri River. Visit Fort Benton, the last stop for steamboats coming from St. Louis in the 1800’s! Unpack for two nights in Great Falls, MT. B, D

DAY 8: GREAT FALLS, MT

Running out of food in what seemed like an endless sea of rugged mountains, the expedition encountered the helpful Nez Perce tribe. Visit Nez Perce National Historical Park before continuing our journey toward the Columbia River. B, D

DAY 9: MISSOULA, MT

Take a boat ride between giant cliffs cut by the Missouri River and visit Missouri Headwaters State Park. Care to climb a cliff and stand where Lewis saw the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers? Continue through the mountains in Shoshone territory where Lewis & Clark secured horses to cross the Rocky Mountains. Overnight in Missoula, MT. B, D

DAY 10: LEWISTON, ID

Travel along the Nez Perce Trail through the Bitterroot Range, the worst part of the journey for the expedition. Lunch and our personal expert guide at Three Devils bring history to life. Overnight in Lewiston, ID. B, L, D

DAY 11: RICHLAND, WA

Enter our final state, Oregon, and travel along the beautiful Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, while closely hugging the beautiful river. Overnight in Richland, WA. B, D

DAY 12: THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AREA

Enter our final state, Oregon, and travel along the beautiful Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, while closely hugging the beautiful river. Unpack your bags for a two night stay in beautiful Astoria! B, L

DAY 13: FORT CLATSOP

Enjoy the striking coastline of northern Oregon and visit a reconstruction of Fort Clatsop where the expedition spent the winter before returning home. B, L

DAY 14: RETURN HOME

Our flight home takes only several hours, a distance that took Lewis & Clark 6 months to travel! B

Dates:

  • Departure: August 19, 2022
  • Return: September 1, 2022

Pricing:

  • Double: $3399
  • Triple/Quad: $3059
  • Single: $4199

*Price per person + travel insurance TBD

Temperatures:

St. Louis, MO: 88° / 69°

South Sioux City, NE: 84° / 62

Bismarck, ND: 80° / 56°

Willison, ND: 84° / 54°

Great Falls, MT: 84° / 53°

Missoula, MT: 84° / 51°

Richland, WA: 89° / 59°

Astoria, WA: 69° / 53°

Luggage:

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our tours to 80%.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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