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MONTANA: Unique, Unplugged, and Unparalleled
Montana has many beautiful drives, and you could easily take any of them and not be disappointed. With wide open spaces, a sky so massive it looks like it goes on forever, and sunsets that are beyond colorful with a palette of oranges, reds, yellows, and golds, it is no wonder that Montana has become one of our favorite places to take a road trip.

On a recent trip, we started out along Highway 2 on our “Road Trip to Paradise” over a long weekend. We began in Kalispell, with stops at a fabulous old-fashioned soda shop called Norm’s News and the Hockaday Museum of Art to bone up on the cultural history of the Flathead Lake Valley and Glacier National Park.

From there we headed out to Big Arm State Park, which is on Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Big Arm State Park is the perfect place to get out and stretch your legs along the 2.5-mile hiking trail and take in some wildlife viewing. After spending the night in Polson at the Gaynor Ranch B & B for some old west hospitality, we set out to explore the National Bison Range, St. Ignatius Mission, and Thompson Falls.

We spent the night at Quinn’s Hot Springs, on the Clark Fork River, where the following day we floated down the river, peering up at the steep canyon walls to see if we could spot some bighorn sheep. From Quinn’s, we took the St. Regis-Paradise Scenic Byway toward Missoula. We barely scratched the surface on this road trip, wetting our appetite to return. Next up: we’ve added Montana’s Going-to-the-Sun Road through Glacier National Park to our bucket list.

 

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