Follow the route of Lewis and Clark on a train to Astoria

Bonnie Henderson


It took the Lewis and Clark party four wet days to travelnearly 100 miles from the mouth of Oregon's Willamette River to thesite of present-day Astoria in 1805. Today you can zip there in anhour and a half by car, but consider a compromise: a four-hourtrain trip along the Columbia River's south bank, through wildliferefuges and across old trestles. Last summer was the first timesince 1952 that there was passenger train service between Portlandand Astoria. It was also the first of only three seasons plannedfor the Lewis and Clark Explorer Train.

The train leaves Portland's Linnton Boarding District Area (takethe shuttle from Union Station) at 7:50 a.m. Fridays throughMondays, May 28 to September 20. Make a weekend of it, or spendfive hours exploring Astoria before boarding the return train at4:45. Catch the new Explorer Shuttle to get to Fort Clatsop andother nearby sites.

All aboard

Buy tickets from Amtrak ($58round trip, including shuttle; 800/872-7245). Reserve a timedticket to Fort Clatsop ($5; http://reservations.nps.govor 800/967-2283).

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