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Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:55:58 PM »
Planning out our trip this year which was  postponed the past 2 due to covid and surgeries.

Looking for suggestions for places/areas to overnight on our way to Glacier NP. We plan on a night in Victor, Idaho then want to split up the trek north from there into 2 nights before hitting Glacier/Whitefish.

Not West Yellowstone. May hit that on the way back south.
Maybe Big Sky area the first night and Deer Lodge the second..

After Glacier we will have 5 days to wander before having to head back home so any suggestions in Idaho/Montana area will help.



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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2022, 02:03:48 PM »
If you want to learn about copper mining, visit Butte. Once was the copper capital of the world. Now home to one of the largest toxic lakes in the world - Berkley pit. But the copper mining history is very cool. Abandon mine heads scatter the city and there is a mining museum there as well.
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2022, 02:10:13 PM »
Take I-84 to Boise, miles and miles of potato fields, then go north. The Snake River is one rough untamed wilderness, really worth seeing, then over Whitebird past a battlefield site and on to Grangeville. Drop down to Kooskia, you can then head toward Lewiston or over the beautiful Lewis and Clarke route to Missoula. Idaho is one of my favorite states, so much to see.
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2022, 03:43:59 PM »
  Have a great trip. If you have not been in that area before one piece of advice is when traveling is, if you see a gas station - stop and fill up. It may be 200 miles to the next one if traveling between towns.

   Our daughter and SIL got married there in Glacier nearly 7 years ago. The day before their wedding while scoping out a spot with the right background for their outdoor wedding by the lake there behind Glacier Lodge, my wife tripped, fell and broke her nose. It was 90 miles to Cut Bank to the hospital/clinic to get it checked out. She looked like a racoon in the wedding pictures. We left the day after the wedding for Yellowstone and had a good trip there too.

   Take care and have a great visit. Post plenty of pictures and let us know what you enjoyed the most.
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2022, 04:19:55 PM »
WV, wouldn't Kalispel have been way closer? I hope you didn't make her travel twice as far, just to get a cheaper hospital or something like that!😂 
  RB, we made a big loop out there last year. Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton. But we came from the east. A couple places near Glacier worth seeing, IMO, are the Hungry Horse Dam and reservoir, and we also spent a couple of nights at Seelye Lake. I had read about the town and area in the Norman Maclean stories (A River Runs Through It) it mentioned a grove of ancient Western Larch at the campground, and across the bridge the largest living Larch, "Ol' Gus". I wanted to see those, so we dropped in there. I was surprised, that area reminded more of northern MN than other areas of Montana I've visited. Not the typical arid mountain west. Looked like MN, except there's mountains in the background😊 Beautiful area.
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2022, 06:25:05 PM »
We did the east side in 2019.
May end up there hitting Bear Tooth Pass again.

Trip will start a couple days before labor day and planing on 2 weeks or a bit more.
Trying to get hotels reserved for the first week then play by ear.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2022, 06:55:01 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2022, 07:13:23 PM »
One thing you will find different out there from 2019 is the amount of people. It has been crazy since Covid hit. We always go after Labor Day, just so it's after peak tourist season. The last couple of years, that has made no difference. Pulling the 5th wheel camper, we could barely find camping spots. Lines of vehicles going into some of the attractions in Yellowstone. Glacier has instituted a lottery system for the Going To The Sun Road, you have to win a ticket to go through from Memorial to Labor day iirc, you can also go in after 5 in the evening I think. We've been consistently shocked by the number of people out there, but the sights keep bringing us back😊
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2022, 09:30:57 PM »
Barbender,

   The manager of the Glacier lodge said Browning was the closest but that we were the wrong ethnicity to go there (Apparently it is used almost exclusively by the Indians there). He did not mention any hospital in Kalispel so off to Cut Bank we went. I assumed since he was the man in charge of the lodge and he lived there he knew where the appropriate medical facilities were located. We first checked with him to see if the lodge or park had a doctor or nurse on staff. They did not but he did give us a couple of neat purple (I kid you not, Tom, they really were purple) band-aids and told us Cut Bank was the closest hospital with a doctor and X-ray capability.
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2022, 09:36:25 PM »
  There may be a hospital in Kalispel now but as far as I can see there was not 7 years ago.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2022, 10:38:41 PM »
Kalispell is a pretty good sized town, I can't believe they didn't have a hospital until 7 years ago😁 I get what your saying though, if the local says "go here" that's what you do. On the hospital in Browning, that would likely be an IHS, or Indian Health Services facility. They may take a non-Native patient if it were a life or death emergency, I'm not sure. I don't know if a Native from another tribe could even get service there, they are all Federally run. I can go to the one up here on the Leech Lake Reservation. My non-Native wife cannot, unless I get her pregnant then she can get pregnancy care their. I doubt she would take me up on the offer though😁
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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2022, 12:28:34 PM »
barbender,
if they were on the east side(St Mary's, Two Medicine, East Glacier) of the divide, Cutbank is closer.

Raider Bill,

From Victor, ID are you coming up I-15? If so, I'd detour east through the Red Rock wildlife refuge, up through Virgina City and catch the Brewery Follies, and tour the Lewis and Clark Caverns on your way to Butte. As was mentioned it has a long history of mining and timber. It's said that there is more timber under Butte than on the surface. Depending on what you're looking for as far as tourist stops, I can recommend more. If you're staying in Butte the Finlen, Copper King Hotel, and various others are nice but I recommend Fairmont about 15 miles west as it is a Hot Springs resort/golf course/restaraunt/pool. Deerlodge offers the Old Prison tour and Auto museum. From Deerlodge there are two ways to get to Glacier: Missoula and Highway 93 up to Kalispell or up highway 200/83 through Seeley Lake to Bigfork. Highway 93 is a better road but higher traffic but it has the National Bison Range near Ravalli, Kerr Dam, and better lake views. Highway 200/83 is a slower road but is my favorite in daytime hours as the deer after dusk are aggressive. Seeley Lake and that corridor is beautiful and the Clearwater Game refuge usually has elk within view of Hwy 83. Ideally, I'd head up 93 and return on 83/200. PM me if you'd like.

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2022, 01:30:20 PM »
If you get to Deer Lodge go to the old Montana prison the car museum that is some thing to see
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2022, 09:11:28 PM »
I want to make a trip like this, I am now subscribed :)

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Re: Idaho/Montana 2022 trip
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2022, 07:48:01 AM »
Its not for most people but I went to the Upper Missouri Breaks last year and really enjoyed it.

It is REALLY remote though.
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« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2022, 08:54:15 AM »
Wow sounds like a wonderful trip Bill.
We visited friends in Great Falls way back in '95 and visited Glacier with them on that trip.
Had a great time.
Ate in a little restaurant called  The Rose Room in the minuscule town of Pendroy on our way to Glacier.
Probably not in existence anymore.
Went thru Browning on our way to Glacier and our friend said to take notice of all the roadside crosses near there.
Evidently a lot of drunk driving crashes near the Res.
One spot had about a dozen crosses.
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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2022, 11:46:32 AM »
Unfortunately that is the case on many reservations, Pete. It's just Montana marks all fatalities with a cross, I think. One reservation town near me has a ton of fatalities out on a 4 lane highway, most of which are drunk people getting hit by cars.

Machine builder, we drove by the breaks last year and I really wanted to stop for a few days, but it didn't work out. Some other time, hopefully.
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« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2022, 02:50:43 PM »
Barbender you when to the breaks it would be best to have a 4x4 and be willing to drive long distance on dirt roads.

There is a homestead loop tour near where 191 crosses the river and a loop through the NWR that are easier (beware if wet)
The backcountry byway is a bit more difficult in a few spots especially crossing 2 calf creek

I'll try to put a couple pics later, I can't do it at work.

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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2022, 12:26:56 PM »
@Raider Bill if you take I80 to eastern Iowa the I8o truck stop has one heck of a old truck museum its the I80 truck museum.com
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2022, 01:52:36 PM »
Been taking notes guys thanks!

We will be coming up from Salt Lake City and want to try to stay west of the Tetons in Utah and Montana.

We will not be on the bike as I have been unable to pull the clutch since having hand surgery in Dec. so flying in and out of SLC and grabbing a rental car.

Looking to stay on secondary roads like we'd do on the bike and move every day or two after exploring the area. We call it meandering.

We have reservations so far in Victor for a night and Whitefish for 4. Also have a 3 day Road to the Sun pass.

Need 2 places to hang on the trip to Glacier after Victor, then the second week will be wide open.

Just need to be back in SLC for the flight home.

Everything else is still in the "planning" mode.



 
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