In 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark made the most important and widely known expedition in American history. Now their journey is recreated is recreated in the bicentennial edition of the best-selling National Geographic Guide to the Lewis & Clark Trail. Along with major television and film events, this book will feature prominently in National Geographics upcoming celebration of the expeditions anniversary. This is the only full-color guide to Lewis and Clarks America, and its lavishly illustrated photographs and maps are evocative of the landscapes, animals, and native people of an unspoiled America. Distinctive among guides, this book is organized practically for easy trip planning and details essential visitor information along with suggestions for excursions by foot, boat, and country road to help travelers capture the sense and spirit of the pioneers. Author Thomas Schmidt vividly describes Native American cultures and natural histories of the bioregions Lewis and Clark encountered, contrasting their past and present conditions. He puts the entire route into a compelling historical context, complete with biographical sketches of the legendary explorers, sidebars on everything from planning to weaponry, and treasured diary excerpts. No other guide so expertly brings to life the events, places, and people of Lewis and Clarks extraordinary and unforgettable odyssey.