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The Pacific Coast in the state of Washington is home to the great Lewis and Clark National Historical Park that houses 12 points of interest discovered by America’s most famous explorers. While the park extends into the neighboring state of Oregon, it extends along 40 miles of rocky Pacific coast. With a rich history dating back to the Corps of Discovery expedition in 1804 that led to the discovery of the area, the park today provides visitors a feel of what the expedition would have been like 200 years ago. With very little change to the area, camping at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will give you an insightful experience of the past.

Located along the mouth and shores of Columbia River, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park covers over 3200 acres of land between Washington and Oregon. Renting an RV is a good idea if you’re considering travel between different sites in the park; you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Pacific County in Washington and Clatsop County in Oregon. Astoria in Oregon houses the visitor center and is the nearest city to the historical park. 

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Getting Outdoors

A motorhome camping trip in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is filled with exciting outdoor possibilities. Discover the park’s history and terrain through various hiking trails that meander through different parts of the park. Several trails go via similar routes taken by the Corps of Discovery over 200 years ago. Soak in the stunning views of the vistas before you as you enjoy a variety of natural ecosystems. Check out the trails in Cape Disappointment State Park, and that goes along the cape and beaches and follows in the very same footsteps of the expedition. 

Wildlife enthusiasts are in for a treat when they go RV camping at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The park’s location allows for diverse flora and fauna and is home to over 140 species of animals, birds, insects, reptiles, and fish. The best way to view wildlife in the park is on your hikes. Don’t forget to carry a good set of binoculars. 

With so much history on offer at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, checking out the many sites of historical interest is a must. The park is filled with state and national historical sites, and a great way to navigate through the sites is by stopping at the visitor center. The center has on display a replica of Fort Clatsop, along with an interpretation center with exhibits, and two films that delve into the history of the area. Ranger-led programs are held regularly at the fort. 

Camping and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

While there is no camping permitted within Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, there are camping areas in the neighboring parks. Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco has a campground with 250 campsites. Amenities at the campground include big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, central water spigot, dump station, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers even have access to restrooms, shower stalls, a camp store, a café, propane and firewood availability, and picnic shelters. There are several recreational trails to explore, and there is fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking available too. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground. 

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, drive to neighboring Oregon’s Hammond to Fort Steven’s State Park that has over 500 campsites available. Camping features include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, central water spigot, dump station, public phone, and limited cell phone coverage. There are restrooms, shower stalls, a designated pet area for your furry friends, and picnic shelters. Kids will have a blast running about in the playground and exploring the recreational trails. 

Exploring the Area

Astoria is the nearest city to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and is worth checking out during your RV rental vacation. About six miles from the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center, it’s a convenient and short drive to the city. Located at the mouth of Columbia River, this small city has quite a few interesting attractions to check out on your visit. 

Being a river city, Astoria prides itself on its association with Columbia River. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is witness to this. Founded in 1962, the museum preserves the maritime heritage of Astoria and the surrounding areas. With over 30,000 objects on display, the museum also serves as one of the most important sources of Pacific Northwest maritime information in the entire country. 

The Astoria Riverwalk offers an interesting glimpse into the city’s heritage and culture. Take in the scenic views of the Port of Astoria with hundreds of ships docked in the waters. Take in scenic views of the river from the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Explore one of the shipwrecks and don’t miss stopping by at the Maritime Memorial. 

Drive to the Astoria Column, located 600 feet above sea level, atop the Coxcomb Hill. Along with the column, you’ll get to see beautiful views of the city, Columbia River, and Young’s Bay. 

One experience not to be missed when in Astoria is the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. The three-mile-long historic streetcar takes you on a ride alongside Columbia River, using former railroad tracks. 

Astoria is an interesting city for food, and you’ll find several Oregon favorites here, including Crème Brule French Toast, Tillamook Cheese, Voodoo doughnuts, and salt and straw ice cream. With popular eateries spread across different parts of the city, eating out is something to look forward to. 

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