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Lemhi Pass

Danita Delimont / Alamy

Lemhi Pass, Montana and Idaho

Explorer Meriwether Lewis came to the Rocky Mountain backbone of North America, the Continental Divide, at Lemhi Pass (7,323-foot elevation), in 1805. Instead of the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Lewis looked west over the mountains and saw….more mountains. Determined visitors with a 4 x 4 can take in the historic view on single-lane Forest Service roads from either Beaverhead Rock State Park in Montana or the Salmon National Forest in Idaho.

Stop: Go in August to see the annual Lewis and Clark Festival’s historic reenactments, with men dressed in buckskin traveling on dugout canoes. (beaverheadchamber.org; free.)

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