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Originally published April 2, 2004 at 12:00 AM | Page modified August 14, 2004 at 7:21 PM

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Retracing the Lewis and Clark route — from boat to bike and kayak to horseback

You can put together your own trip along the Lewis and Clark route. Or a multitude of tour companies are offering trips along portions of the explorers' route, from 2,800-mile...

You can put together your own trip along the Lewis and Clark route. Or a multitude of tour companies are offering trips along portions of the explorers' route, from 2,800-mile bike trips to deluxe road trips narrated by historians.

Below is a sampling of tours being offered. To find more — and for links to state tourism offices which have an abundance of information — go to the National Park Service Web site for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: www.nps.gov/lecl/VisitorInfo/tour.htm

Active adventures

On foot. Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures (800-366-6246, www.trailadventures.com) offers one- to five-day hikes along the Lolo Trail in Idaho starting in mid-July.

On bike. Historical Trails Cycling (888-202-4077, www.historicaltrailscycling.com) is sponsoring a 2,800-mile, 44-day bike trip from St. Louis to the Pacific, starting in June.

Timberline Adventures (800-417-2453, www.timbertours.com) has a 3,330-mile trip over 48 days starting in June. Cyclists can choose to bike shorter segments of both trips.

By kayak, canoe and raft: Columbia River Kayaking (360-795-0895, www.columbiariverkayaking.com), based in Skamokawa (Wahkiakum County), offers kayaking trips on the lower Columbia River.

Many companies offer Lewis and Clark-themed canoe trips, from one-day to multiday trips, along the Missouri River. They include Lewis and Clark Canoe Expeditions, 888-595-9151, www.lewisandclarkguide.com and Sierra Club Outings, 415-977-5522, www.sierraclub.org/outings/

Rivers Odysseys West offers various river-rafting trips in Montana and Idaho with Lewis and Clark themes/historians. 800-451-6034, www.rowinc.com/

Kookaburra Rafting offers half-day trips on Idaho's Salmon River with guides telling the story of Sacagawea, the native woman on the Lewis and Clark expedition, 888-654-4386, www.raft4fun.com

On horseback. Hear tales of the explorers during daily horse rides — two-hour, half-day or full-day rides — in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, 888-642-1010, www.wildlifeadventuresinc.com

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Triple "O" Outfitters (208-464-2349, www.tripleo-outfitters.com) offers six-day trips along the Lolo Trail in Idaho.

Bus/train/RV expeditions

Lewis Clark Idaho Road Tours offers van or customized private driving tours in Idaho along the explorers' route: 208-926-7875 or www.lewisclarkidaho.com

Stops at historic forts and several Lewis and Clark interpretive centers are part of 15-night deluxe motorcoach tours in July or August from St. Louis to Portland, with Shebby Lee Tours: 800-888-8306, www.shebbyleetours.com

Adventure Caravans has a six-week summer RV trip (from St. Charles, Mo., to Warrenton, Ore., near Fort Clatsop); 800-872-7897, www.adventurecaravans.com

On Amtrak trains this summer, Lewis and Clark guides will ride some trains (800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com) between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo., and on trains heading west from Williston, N.D., as part of the National Park Service's Trails and Rails program.

Cruises

Seattle-based Cruise West offers weeklong riverboat journeys on the Columbia and Snake with stops at Lewis and Clark sites: 888-851-8133, www.cruisewest.com

Lindblad Expeditions offers seven-day cruises along the Columbia and Snake rivers with Lewis and Clark historians and naturalists aboard. 800-397-3348, www.expeditions.com

American West Steamboat: 800-434-1232, www.americanweststeamboat.com

Trips for history buffs

Elderhostel offers dozens of educational trips along the route that focus on Lewis and Clark: 877-426-8056, www.elderhostel.org (search for Lewis and Clark). Some are physically active, including horse-packing and other outdoors trips; others are slower-paced.

Odyssey Tours offers historical tours focused on the explorers, from outdoors trips to luxury coach tours: 208-791-8721, www.hibek.com

A 10-night tour of Montana and Idaho in July with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours (888-903-3329, www.stephenambrosetours.com) includes readings of expedition journals on the sites where they were written.

Kristin Jackson of the Seattle Times travel staff contributed to this report; 206-464-2271 or kjackson@seattletimes.com

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