From downtown Astoria it is an easy half-hour drive over the spectacular Astoria-Megler Bridge to Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington, or head west from Astoria for the short drive to the Fort Clatsop Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. The visitor center at Cape Disappointment includes an exhibit tracing the entire Lewis and Clark expedition, which reached the Pacific at Cape Disappointment in 1805. There is a smaller exhibit at Fort Clatsop, in Oregon, where the explorers wintered over before their return journey in 1806. The Fort Clatsop exhibit features a replica of the fort itself, a fifty-foot square compound that housed 31 people for 106 days (it rained on 100 of those days).
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