Geotourism is tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
Geotourism encompasses a range of travel including culture and heritage, history, food, nature, adventure, the outdoors, water, music, and arts.
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (NHT) Geotourism Program covers the length of the Trail from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. It is a collaboration between the National Park Service (NPS) and Solimar International (a sustainable tourism consulting firm) in partnership with a number of other organizations and individuals at the local, state, and national levels along the Trail.
The project engages partners, communities, American Indian Nations, and visitors in shared environmental and cultural heritage stewardship. A website, https://LewisandClark.Travel, hosts locally generated content—including stories and information from local tourism stakeholders and residents about tourism sites, attractions, and businesses. The website provides the traveling public with information about authentic local places and experiences to visit along the Lewis and Clark NHT.
The NPS is committed to sustaining and promoting this program. Additionally, a Stewardship Coalition is being formed of local representatives, who will encourage community participation in the listing submission process; ensure the listings reflect the diversity of the region; identify themes; and work with NPS to edit listings, design the website, and support and promote the overall program.
The best travel advice comes from the people who live there. Featuring a comprehensive interactive map, the website highlights attractions, businesses, activities, and experiences distinctive to the areas along the Lewis and Clark NHT. Website users can create accounts that let them organize and save trip plans and points of interest. It will also feature a special “local voices” section of stories, quotes, and essays by local residents portraying special features, local flavor, and feelings towards their home region.
You are invited to submit your favorite places of interest, local businesses, events, music, stories, etc. to be included as a listing on the website! Your listing will support these places by helping to promote travel to the region. It is FREE to be featured on the website.
Geotourism MapGuides have been developed for many sites within the U.S.A and around the world, including: