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Old 04-15-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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..................................... I recommend you get the book "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia" By Ultimate Press Guidebook. It covers every city and pitstop in Montana and includes maps and all highways along with local history. plus it covers yellowstone and glacier national parks.
Without question the above recommended 'Montana reference book' is the best source for ALL kinds of info. HOWEVER...don't purchase from the publisher, GO to AMAZON.COM.................much cheaper. (particularly if you get a good "used one".)
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! The book sounds good. I will look into getting one. The small charming towns are definitely an interest. Thanks, redhead, I won’t discount the eastern part of the state The badland area sounds nice. For relocating we are interested in the Lewistown area. We are planning on visiting there for sure. I’ll look into your suggestions. I really appreciate everyone’s input!
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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great hope you have a safe trip here and get to see all you want. lewistown is a good inbetween location.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Woods Bay, Montana
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Montana has a tourist website and will send you a packet of information with LOTS of things to do and see in the whole state. I got one of those packets before we moved out here. Try Official State of Montana Vacation, Recreation, Accommodations and Travel Information Website I think that's where I got it from.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Northwest Montana
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Definitely check out Glacier Park in the Northwest section. Flathead Lake offers fishing charters, boat cruises on the lake. Gorgeous part of the country - that is why we moved here 13 years ago from back East. Enjoy low humidity, wildlife, etc.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Finally made it to Montana!!! In Billings right now. Thank you redhead for your suggestion on the book. "The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia" has been very helpful. Montana is beautiful so far!!!
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Went on a bit of an adventure today...Decided to head from Anaconda to Hamilton. Being unfamiliar with the state, we asked the cashier at the grocery store in town if the 38/Skalkaho Highway was an ok route. Despite this we ended up finding the road closed and had to back track a good hr or so and looped south through Wisdom. Finally made it to Hamilton though! Saw a lot of beautiful scenery too...very scenic area so we didn't mind the detour too much
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Went on a bit of an adventure today...Decided to head from Anaconda to Hamilton. Being unfamiliar with the state, we asked the cashier at the grocery store in town if the 38/Skalkaho Highway was an ok route. Despite this we ended up finding the road closed and had to back track a good hr or so and looped south through Wisdom. Finally made it to Hamilton though! Saw a lot of beautiful scenery too...very scenic area so we didn't mind the detour too much
I'm so sorry you got bad info. But like you say, the scenery makes up for it.
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Went on a bit of an adventure today...Decided to head from Anaconda to Hamilton. Being unfamiliar with the state, we asked the cashier at the grocery store in town if the 38/Skalkaho Highway was an ok route. Despite this we ended up finding the road closed and had to back track a good hr or so and looped south through Wisdom. Finally made it to Hamilton though! Saw a lot of beautiful scenery too...very scenic area so we didn't mind the detour too much
Hey "lbrty 33"..................

I'm guessing you're spending the night in Hamilton.....................if so try and have breakfast at "The Kitchen Restaurant" on 2nd street in Hamilton. (100 feet south of main street) Very good place to eat for breakfast....large portions...the flap-jacks are 16 inches in dia...really, served folded over. only order one, they are excellent, and so is the patty saugage.

Then if you're heading into Missoula, by all means take the time to visit "The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation" national Hd'qters facilitiy...............5705 Grant Creek Road. (go north on Reserve Street...then go under the I-90 overpass (it then becomes Grant Creek Road) and you'll see the sign and street on your left -about 1/3 mile). VERY worth while!! Nationally acclaimed, as an extraordinary Wild Life Museum.

If you want to avoid the "road re-construction" on Hwy 93 for several miles north of Victor, (strongly suggested). Take the "East Side Hwy" out of Hamilton (northbound)( take a right -east- at Fair Grounds Road--it then becomes East Side Hwy)....it will bring you back to Hwy 93 at Florence (about 15 to 20 miles). A nice scenic drive. Just turn to the right when you intersect with #93 at Florence, and you're then only about 20 minutes from Missoula. (Watch it going through Lolo..... it's a speed trap!.)

Have a nice, safe trip.

Last edited by Montana Griz; 05-16-2010 at 11:44 PM.. Reason: added some additional info on the RMEF,
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Thanks Montana Griz for your suggestions on the Hamilton area. We ended up spending two nights there. Liked the small town. We didn't get a chance to try "The Kitchen Restaurant" unfortunately but did enjoy a very good dinner at the "Signal Grill" (left us too full for breakfast, lol). Appreciated the heads up on the road reconstruction, we were able to avoid it. Kinda slid through Missoula and on to Helena and all the way to Lewistown for tonight. Trying to see as much of MT as we can in the time we have so we haven't been spending much time in one place. We'll have to be back to see the museum. Thanks again everyone for their suggestions! Took it all into consideration
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