Family Vacations in Montana

Family Vacations in Montana: The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark looped through Montana several times on their cross-continental journey, traveling across mountains and prairies and navigating huge sections of the Missouri River. Appropriately, the Interpretive Center is situated in Great Falls on the bluffs overlooking the very river they so often canoed and portaged. The center is the largest museum dedicated to the Lewis and Clark expedition and provides a wealth of information and exhibits about their famous journey.

Before beginning the tour of the museum, visitors can watch a reenactment of the meeting between President Thomas Jefferson and the two explorers. Then they follow the route the adventurers took all the way to the coast of Oregon. Along the way, children can crawl inside a miniature Native American lodge, where they listen to the sound of drums, inspect items made by Native Americans, and pull a rope as if they're portaging the falls.

In the summer, a day camp is offered along the river, where kids learn how to decorate clothing with beads, set up a wedge tent, and prepare the kind of campfire meal the explorers might have eaten.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Information

Address: 4201 Giant Springs Rd., Great Falls, MT
Telephone: 406/727-8733
Admission: $5 adults; kids free
Hours of Operation:

  • Memorial Weekend - Late Sept. - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily.
  • Early Oct. - Memorial Weekend - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tues. - Sat., and 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Montana State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Montana, as well as other recreational activities.
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