The picture-perfect landscape of the state of Washington is bursting with gorgeous state parks and intriguing areas worth exploring. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is one area in particular that stands out from the rest due to its incredible sights and interesting historical background. Learn all about this iconic area in Washington, including its history, its activities, and its nearby events, to help you start discovering the many wonders of this region.
History of the Sacagawea Heritage Trail
On October 16, 1805, the famed explorers Lewis and Clark banked their boat on the shores of the Columbia River in present-day Washington, where they were greeted by a large crowd of natives fishing for salmon. Together, they set up camp at the point where the Snake River meets the Columbia River. This spot is now the Sacajawea State Park, named after Lewis and Clark’s guide and interpreter, Sacajawea; the area is one of the state’s most popular attractions today, drawing countless visitors to wander through its many trails and picturesque scenery. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is a 23-mile-long paved pathway that stretches throughout this park; it passes through all three of the Tri-cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) as it winds along the Columbia River.
What to Do on the Sacagawea Heritage Trail
The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is great for both walking and biking. It connects to the Richland Riverfront Trail if you want to venture through additional trails and terrain of Washington. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail also passes by the Yakima River Delta, a gorgeous area ideal for watching birds and other wildlife, and the Columbia River Park in Kennewick, a peaceful spot surrounded by the Columbia River. The trail ends shortly after crossing over the Pasco Cable Bridge, a great place to take pictures as it offers panoramic views of Washington.
Events at the Sacajawea State Park
Sacajawea Heritage Days: Discover what life was like in the 1800s during the Sacajawea Heritage Days! This two-day event, which usually occurs in September, re-enacts exciting scenes from history, so bring your tent and settle down to hear stories of Lewis and Clark and their many achievements.
Wanapum Village Tours: The nearby Wanapum Heritage Center, located on the Columbia River, hosts frequent, guided tours to show visitors what life was like for the Wanapum people. Check their website to find their museum hours as well as when these Wanapum Village Tours are offered.
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