Author Julie Fanselow has updated her popular Falcon Guide to the 8,000-mile route of the
Corps of Discovery in time for the bicentennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark
expedition. From 2003 through 2006, exhibits and events will trace the explorers as they
attempted to find an all-water route from the Midwest to the Pacific.
Motorhomers who enjoy
historical travel will find Fanselow’s third edition a well-researched resource. She
suggests itineraries of varying lengths, plus side trips for the more leisurely traveler,
and covers the entire accessible route from Illinois to Oregon. Along with a wealth of
actual data about the original expedition and quotes from the explorers’ journals, the
guide contains comprehensive information on activities, attractions and visitor amenities
along the route today, including campgrounds and restaurants – which Lewis and Clark
certainly didn’t find in the early 1800s.
A gatefold map and recreation icons are aids for
at-a-glance trip planning. In addition, there are photos and regional maps. Fanselow
provides in-depth details on the Katy Trail in Missouri, Idaho’s Lolo Trail and the Wild
and Scenic Missouri River in Montana. She suggests what to pack and what to read in
preparation for a trip, and offers tips on traveling with kids, with a group or on your
own. She also includes a list of annual Lewis-and-Clark-related events, as well as contacts
for state tourism offices and organizations “tending the trail” during the bicentennial
celebration. The guidebook is endorsed by the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail, Third Edition (list price $15.95), 336 pages
softbound, is available at bookstores, or from Falcon Publishing Inc., (800) 582-2665, falcon.com.