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Old 06-05-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Montana must see trip

This September we will be visiting some friends in Minnesota. Have been wanting to head into the Big Sky Country to see what the rural side of the state has to offer.
Don't wish to spend much time in the cities, unless there is a "must see" there.
I love the historical side of the state, want to see where Chief Joseph was ambushed by the calvary at those battle grounds, go where Custer met his fate, etc. Also, some of the rugged beauty side of the state. My wife and I can't hike the rugged areas due to health limitations, but an due the easier stuff.
Would love to hear from ya'll what we need to try to see, that may not be on the road map.
Will spend about a month,traveling in our 32' Georgetown with a toad.
Thanks for your suggestions!
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The Beartooth Highway is spectacular. Its been awhile so I'm not too sure how well a MH would do. Might want to park it and use the toad. Going-to-the-Sun road in NW Montana is another great drive but likely best done with the toad too. Those two roads alone would make the trip worthwhile.
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I ave been to Montana several times and I love the state. There is so much to see and do. The eastern and western parts of the state are so different.

Bozeman (a city) is very interesting, as the Museum of the Rockies which is located here is worth visiting. A side trip to Big Sky is easily done in a day.

Red Lodge, charming town at the base of the Beartooth highway, which is one of the most picturesque highways in America.

Glacier Nat'l Park, we prefer the west side as there's more to do. Going to the Sun Highway is like being in the Alps except the people speak English. Take the Red Bus tour.

Hope this helps.
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Besides the Glacier area, one of our favorite stops is Deer Lodge. Visit the sold Montana State Prison which has 7 museums including a good car collection. Also there is the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic site which is open for tours.
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Wow, thanks for those suggestions! Yes, day trips in the toad is a must.
Those places in Bozeman are interesting, I will check them out closer as all the places mentioned.
Thanks for your time to post, would love to see more places to see!
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Another interesting place to visit is Lee is and Clark SP. It is south of I90 about half way between Butte and Bozeman. The limestone cave is the main attraction besides being located in a scenic river valley along the Jefferson River. The tour of the cavern requires some hiking and contorsions, but it is well worth it if you are physically able.

There is a fairly small campground there but we have not camped there, so I can't comment on it. I would like to visit again and try the campground.
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Another interesting place to visit is Lee is and Clark SP. It is south of I90 about half way between Butte and Bozeman. The limestone cave is the main attraction besides being located in a scenic river valley along the Jefferson River. The tour of the cavern requires some hiking and contorsions, but it is well worth it if you are physically able.

There is a fairly small campground there but we have not camped there, so I can't comment on it. I would like to visit again and try the campground.
Thatís Lewis and Clark (as Iím sure you know). The cave is nice indeed but requires a hike up to the entrance and I recall many steps inside.

Montana State Parks :: Lewis & Clark Caverns

If you take the Beartooth to Cooke City, consider then heading south outside the park to Cody. The drive is breathtaking and there are plenty of camping opportunities. Cody has a museum that shouldnít be missed. But it is in WY.

Great Falls has the Charles Russel museum.

This starts with a Great Falls bias but youíll find lots of other stuff if you scroll down: https://www.greatfallstribune.com/st...tana/71267898/
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Having driven through Montana and Wyoming a few times in the last 10-15 years, one thing that surprises me about Montana is that it seems you are never that far from civilization (at least houses, or even small communities) if you are on a road. Sure there are vast sections of the state that are unpopulated, but these places also tend to have no road access. By contrast it seems in Wyoming there are many secondary highways through these unpopulated regions and it is possible to drive 50 miles or more in places without any sign of human habitation.
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Last September we went through southwestern Montana stopping at Lewis & Clark Caverns and Bannack State Park/Ghost Town. The tour of the caverns is quite spectacular but as others have noted there is a bit of hiking to get to/from the caverns ( about 1/2 mile each way I believe) along with several hundred steps and some rather tight spots inside the caverns. It is a smaller campground but we enjoyed our time there. The sites have a bit of room between them so you don't feel crowded.

Bannack State Park and Ghost Town is about 2 hours southwest of Lewis & Clark Caverns - about 35 minutes out of Dillon. You can walk through the ghost town and inside many of the ~60 or so buildings. It is easy walking on fairly level wooden boardwalk. I've attached a couple shots looking down the main street. Wherever you decide to go it should be a great trip.
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Don't miss Casey Anderson's Grizzly Encounter just a few miles east of Bozeman on the south side of the highway. Brutus is usually there along with four others. You can sit less than 25' from them with little more than a dry moat between you (all are tame or semi-tame for the care takers).


Yes, Glacier NP. East or west sides ... or both. Been there many times. Never gets old.


And, yes, Beartooth Hwy. Stay in Red Lodge on the north end or Cooke City to the south(west). Chief Joe Scenic Byway is pleasant but nothing like Beartooth or Going to the Sun.
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