Beyond Lewis & Clark

Strategy: Enhance Your Product, Leverage Anniversaries

Type of attraction: Historical Society, Museum/Historic Site, Tourism Organization

Summary: The 2004-2006 bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition provided an opportunity for exciting new programming in North Dakota, including guided multi-day canoe trips on the Missouri River.

The 2004-2006 bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition provided an opportunity for exciting new programming in North Dakota, including guided multi-day canoe trips on the Missouri River and winter camping adventures at Fort Mandan and the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.  Focusing on the local Native American perspective on the expedition has created opportunities to turn these anniversary celebration events into ongoing program offerings. 

North Dakota’s Heritage Outbound program offers an ongoing, scaled-back version of these programs with day trips featuring Native American interpreters, historians, geologists, archaeologists and others.  The winter offering includes snowshoeing, evening entertainment in a Hidatsa earthlodge with a traditional buffalo dinner, Native American flute music and storytelling.  

Heritage Outbound is a partnership effort involving the National Park Service, members of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the North Dakota Geological Survey, State Historical Society of North Dakota and the state tourism office as well as private outfitters.