Northwest Passage Scenic Byway
Length: 202.0 mi / 325.1 km
Time to Allow: Six hours to drive or three days to enjoy the entire byway
The Lewis and Clark Expedition journeyed through north-central Idaho 200 years ago in search of the Northwest Passage. The sparkling rivers, deep canyons, and rugged mountains they encountered are relatively unchanged. Experience the culture, recreation, and scenery in this breathtaking land of the Nez Perce.
Trace the historic route of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they searched, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, for a passage between the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. When you travel the beautiful Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, you will find the same sparkling rivers, deep canyons, and rolling hills that Lewis and Clark found on their epic journey.
Travel the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and follow the trail of Lewis and Clark, who in the early 1800s, searched for a passage west between the Columbia and Missouri Rivers. Stop at one of several places along or near the byway where the explorers made friendly contact with the native Nez Perce during their journey.
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1-Day Trip: Retracing the Lewis and Clark Expedition
The United States was 26 years old, small and itching to grow when President Jefferson persuaded Congress to let Lewis and Clark explore the new...
1-Day Trip: Nez Perce Culture and History
Following the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway will take you along the borders of the Nez Perce Reservation. Learn more about the history of the Nez...