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“Cape Of Disappointment”

The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks
Ranked #9 of 45 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: Located in the states of Washington and Oregon, these national parks preserve the historic sites that mark the success of Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century.
Niwot, Colorado
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cape Of Disappointment”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

The name says it all. Worth the trip just to photograph the welcome sign.

Visited February 2012
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Ocean Park, Washington
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168 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Authentic history served plain”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Best part was the musket firing. Great book selection in gift shop. Nice to see that the park service has not meedled much with the site.

Visited July 2011
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Napa, California
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133 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Great place to spend the day and get a little history!”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

This is my second time to this historic park and I love it! Being a huge history nut this was a definite stop. It really helped me realize what Lewis and Clark went through to make this journey. I'm thankful that President Jefferson was a visionary and sent them to explore the west! The fact that they had no idea what to expect, no maps, and no communication made this a journey beyond belief.

First, the park was easy to get too. If you are driving along the Oregon coast there are signs all along highway 1. The Visitor Center at Fort Clatsop was large, welcoming, and had wonderful park rangers with a vast amount of knowledge. The exhibits and movie are a definite must-see. It's a great educational experience for children and adults. The day that we had gone was a free weekend (I have a National Park Pass so this didn't really affect me) 14-16 January 2012. On non-free weekends, the cost is $3.00 per person if you are 16 or older. Fifteen and younger can get in for free.

Right outside the visitor center is a reconstructed wooden Fort simulating where the expedition team lived at while waiting for winter to pass so they could make their journey back east. There are trails everywhere. The park rangers even carved out a canoe that showed what they used for their journey on the Columbia River heading east.

This particular weekend the rangers dressed in period costumes. We got a timed ticket along with a sample "question sheet" with ideas of what to ask the Lewis and Clark party about living conditions and their journey here. There were fires in the rooms of the fort. They ate their stew in the same type bowls that were used back then. There was even a guy outside skinning animals (he told us they didn't actually kill them, that they were roadkill so no animals were intentionally hurt for this). The fact that it was a rainy, dreary day made this come even more to life and understand what kind of conditions they endured. Finally, they even had Lewis' dog, Seaman out this weekend.

Great place, great rangers, and a great day for young and old and everyone in between! The park rangers did a great job bringing us back in time! Let's keep our history alive!

Visited January 2012
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portland, oregon
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful, education, beautiful and fun”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

This is a must stop if you have never been here before. This is where Lewis and Clark spent the winter when they traveled across the country to find the Pacific Ocean. When you go through the visitors center and then see the fort and realize what it must have been like, you certainly are in awe of their strength and commitment. The park has trails to walk through the grounds and it's all done very very well. Very worth visiting.

Visited February 2012
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Houston, Texas
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370 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“End of the Day and still a great tour”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

We arrived not long before closing time, and had the last tour through the fort. The re-enactor was an excellent resource, with great information and a great attitude. it probably helped that we were actually interested in hearing the details. We got to help lower and fold the flag, as the day ended.

Visited July 2011
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