Route 1: Lewis & Clark Trail and the Pacific Ocean
Day 1: Vancouver
Day 2: Columbia River Gorge (100 miles roundtrip)
Day 3: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (200 miles roundtrip)
Day 4: Lewis & Clark Trail and the Pacific Ocean (250 miles roundtrip)
Day 4 Pacific Ocean:
The ocean is only a 90-mile drive from Vancouver. Visitors will find pristine beaches and spectacular scenery on the Pacific Coast.
History buffs will appreciate the Lewis & Clark attractions and stories told along this drive.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge & Cathlapotle Plankhouse: A full-scale replica of a Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse
at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, home to many species of spring and fall migrating birds.
The Lewis & Clark expedition stopped here in November 1805 and again in March 1806 to trade with the Native American’s.
Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for White-Tailed Deer
Viewing platforms allow you to see deer and elk species first described for science by Lewis & Clark.
From I-5, take the Longview exit. Proceed west on Highway 4 to Cathlamet, WA. Continue on Highway 4 approximately 1 mile past Cathlamet to Steamboat Slough Road which is just west of the Elochoman River bridge. Turn left on Steamboat Slough Road. Refuge Headquarters is approximately 1/4 mile farther, on the right.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment
Exhibits focus on the history of Lewis & Clark’s experience at the mouth of the Columbia River and include an award-winning
film, “Dreams and Discovery: Lewis & Clark’s Arrival to the Pacific.”
Take a leisurely walk
along Discovery Trail which includes a boardwalk along the Pacific Ocean. This spectacular trail traces the path William Clark and a party of
his men carved across Cape Disappointment and along the Pacific Coast in November 1805. Interpretive displays along the way include a 20-foot
bronze tree, recreating the tree William Clark marked his name in four miles up the beach from Beard’s Hollow, and a full skeleton of a gray whale,
commemorating William Clark’s observation of March 19, 1805, of which he noted, “I saw…several joints of a backbone of a whale which must have foundered on this part of the coast.”
At Cape Disappointment State Park, two miles southwest of Ilwaco.
Driving directions: Located off U.S. Highway 101, four miles southwest of Ilwaco at the foot of the Long Beach Peninsula.
Spend a few hours exploring the boutique shops and museums. With the variety of restaurants available,
this would make a good location for lunch on your own. Recommended must sees in this area include:
International Kite Museum, Marshall’s Free Museum, Cranberry Museum and the historic town of Oysterville.
Back to Vancouver, Washington
Return and overnight in Vancouver, Washington.
The Pacific ocean is only a 90-mile drive from Vancouver
-- Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - Carty Unit
Lat: 45.830230 / Lon: -122.747360
-- Julia Butler Hansen Refuge
Lat: 46.231546 / Lon: -123.394897
-- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Lat: 46.278683 / Lon: -124.052854
Lat: 46.352336 / Lon: -124.05439