The Lewis and Clark Expedition stands as United States’ Odyssey. The great adventure speaks to Americans of all kinds, perhaps because among the Corps of Discovery there was a woman, a black man, and those of French, Irish and English descent. The remarkable journey required discipline and sacrifice, strength and ingenuity. The expedition traveled the pulsing arteries of the continent, the Missouri and Columbia rivers, and it crossed the nation’s backbone, the Rocky Mountains. The epic was recorded in ordinary language, made extraordinary by the experience of its authors.

Now, nearly 200 years later, America has begun a national pilgrimage following the steps of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discovery.