A few years ago, we stopped by Fort Clatsop in Oregon to learn about Lewis and Clark. We also stopped by the nearby Ecola State Park, where Lewis and Clark looked out over the Pacific Ocean.
Fort Stevens is also nearby and would be a good addition to the itinerary; they do Civil War battle reenactments sometimes. Unfortunately, we've never managed to fit Fort Stevens into our schedule when in that area.
Seaside is pretty close and offers an array of shops and restaurants. They also have a few arcades, a shop that sells nostalgic candy, and surrey rentals. If it is a nice day, spend time playing on the beach and the two swing sets right on the sand.
Cannon Beach is our favorite place along the Oregon coast. That's where we always camp. Haystack Rock is magnificent, and during low tide has great tide pools to explore. Cannon Beach is a protected beach, so don't remove any souvenirs from the beach.
Here's some photos from Fort Clatsop to give you an idea of what you'll see there:
Beaver hats were popular during Lewis and Clark's lifetime, and played a role in their journey west.
There was a nice display with a canoe.
A diorama in the wall that lights up to highlight areas.
Guns and other supplies Lewis and Clark would have used.
There was a giant map showing their route and things they saw along the way.
Moccasins along with a quote directly from Lewis' journal.
An Indian dress.
Outside there is a short trail. Along the trail, we found this canoe.
The river Lewis and Clark paddled is at the end of the trail.
They had a replica of the Fort where Lewis and Clark stayed.
Inside the Fort were hands-on exhibits, like this rather uncomfortable bed.
The kitchen and dining area of the Fort.
Fort Clatsop was a great stop with a lot of interesting things to see. The kids enjoyed the short visit. I think I should add it to our list of places to revisit, maybe even this summer if we get a chance because we'll be revisiting Lewis and Clark in our history studies this year.