you should for sure go in the summer and see the troy river!!! there will be moose everywhere and the river is nice and cool to get in on a hot montana day… i really cant help with the eating i dont know where would be good there was a bar that made good pizza about 20 min from what my father called the devils turn (part of a freeway running along river) well thats all i have good luck
Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve seen moose in Alaska, and almost hit one here on the east coast. It would be fun to jump in the Troy River too.
What to see depends on what kinds of things interest you. Montana is a
pretty unpopulated place for the most part so the things to do are almost
all related to the outdoors such as wildlife, mountains, hiking, fishing,
hunting, etc. So you really have to enjoy that kind of thing to truly enjoy
Montana. Some prefer to travel in a car and never get out to “get in” the
wilderness. For them this is great and very exciting, thus what I would
suggest for them would be different than someone who would put on some boots
and trek back into the wilderness, not be bothered by bugs, noises, silly
fears of wild animals eating them, etc. So tell me more of who you are,
what you like and what if any about the wilderness you might be afraid or be
The second question is where to eat. Ok got a great one for you. No other
place in the world like this. Go to Avon Montana and right after that going
north is this really little spot called “DELL”, if you do not watch for it
you will miss it. More than likely there will be Big Rigs parked out front
because they know about this little place tucked back in the middle of
nowhere. Its called the Dell Cafe and the food is out of this world.
Everything and I do mean everything is homemade. No cans are opened that I
know of and there is a good chance you will catch a little old lady making
balls of homemade dough for the best rolls you ever ate. This little cafe
is in a old church if I remember and there are antiques all over the place
both inside and outside. This place has been in the same family for years
Thanks Rob. The Dell Cafe sounds great, and my kind of place to visit and eat at.
As for the first part, I don’t really have any fears of the wild having grown up in the country. I enjoy driving, but also like to get out and see and do things. On the flip side, I’m not going to camp out in the woods. I like having running water and a shower. =)
If you don’t have like a month to spend in Montana (which is probably how long it would take to see a lot) then there are some points that you have to see. Montana claims Glacier National Park, which is on the northern border with Canada. You can drive through the whole thing in a day, and the park rangers will tell you this is “the most prettiest drive in the world” (I actually prefer the Maui drive in Hawaii better). But you get to see a real live Glacier, which is cool. Plenty of wildlife, etc. to feast your eyes on. Yellowstone National Park is in Southwest Montana. The majority of the park is in Wyoming, but there is a small part in Montana. To me, this is the must-see of the state. Focus your enegeries on the Western Part of the state. This is the mountainous region, and the most beautiful. Montana is for outdoorsmen, and it is a most beautiful state over all. I would definately say one of the most beautiful places in the world.
In short, a short must see list:
1. Yellowstone National Park (1-2 days)
2. Glacier National Park (1 day)
3. Virginia City, Nevada City, Lewis and Clark Caverns (1-2 days). (These are ghost towns.
4. Missoula, and surrounding areas, Reference: “A River Runs Through it”
Where to eat:
1. Livingston : Montana Rib and Chop House (pricey food, but WORTH it).
2. Bozeman : Casa Sanchez (Mexican)
3. Bozeman : Burger Bob’s (Burgers)
The majority of the restaurants are tourist traps in Montana. They are not very good, as they don’t really have repeat customers. When you are in the towns, best to ask a local (nicely) where to eat.
There are plenty of greasy-spoons everywhere, so that’s a good thing (in my book).
Thanks for the suggestions and the sense of where they are in the state (because it’s a big one). I totally agree with asking a local where to eat as they will tell you the truth.
I love driving and will put 600-1000 miles a day on the road if I’ve got great views and good tunes going.
-Like several have said see Glacier for sure.
-Yellowstone is a must as well.
-I would recommend the Augusta-Chouteau area as well.
-Get to the middle of the state to see the diversity. Great falls has some wonderful museums.
-Float the Missouri if you can.
-You can search for semi-precious stones in Lewistown, the Ruby Valley & Helena.
-Come in the winter and ski at Big Sky.
Thanks for the suggestions. I enjoy good museums.
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While you’re in Yellowstone, hop out the West Gate to West Yellowstone and have a Rye Burger at The Gusher (Madison & West). And I’m not only saying that because my brother-in-law tends bar there.
Also, the Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone is pretty cool, since you’re unlikely to see a Grizzly in the Park.
Thanks for the suggestion of the Rye Burger at The Gusher. So if I tell your brother-in-law you recommended it, can I trust he won’t spit in my burger? ;)
Thanks for the link on the Grizzly Discover Center too.
definitely glacier park, whitefish, and bigfork.
you have to go on the going to the sun highway in glacier — it is amazing.
if you wanted to eat somewhere, i think there is a place called the knead cafe in kalispell. the food was delicious when i was there but i don’t know if it’s still around. have fun !!
Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll google Kalispell and see if the Knead Cafe is still there.
we didn’t really stop anywhere in montana..it’s kinda a low populated area were we where..but definatly fun driving through. it’s like raw wilderness up there….and no speed limit :-)
I know about the lack of a speed limit. I can’t wait to go!
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