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    Start with Classic American Fare: Bozeman

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    That's a Wrap: Glacier National Park

Experience a Classic USA Road Trip Through Montana
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Experience a Classic USA Road Trip Through Montana

By Jenny Willden

  • Route distance:
    790.00 km
  • Suggested Time:
    4 days

Wide open expanses, picturesque landscapes and Wild West roots.

Montana has everything required for a classic USA road trip. Travel the long stretches of highway through the state to experience everything from national parks to microbreweries to ski destinations. Don't forget your hiking boots!

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Start with Classic American Fare: Bozeman
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Start with Classic American Fare: Bozeman

Kick off your road trip in Bozeman: The once small cowboy town is now a booming recreational destination. Outdoor adventurers flock to the city for prime mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking and skiing under Montana's blue skies.

Learn about U.S. and Native American history at the nearby Missouri Headwaters State Park located at the confluence of the Jefferson, Gallatin and Missouri Rivers. This site preserves Montana's diverse geography and was once a campground for both the Shoshone American Indian tribe and the 1805 Merriwether Lewis and William Clark expedition that explored and mapped the U.S. West.

Aside from the recreational and historical options, the city's countless restaurants, bars and breweries offer visitors a taste of its classic Americana roots.

144 km
2 hours by car
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Get Up-Close to Grizzlies and Geysers: West Yellowstone
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Get Up-Close to Grizzlies and Geysers: West Yellowstone

If you want to safely view grizzly bears and wolves in naturalistic habitats, head south on U.S. Highway 191 to West Yellowstone's Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. The center is open 365 days a year and the admission fee is good for two days.

And if you're planning to visit Yellowstone's famed geysers, they're most easily accessed through the West Entrance in West Yellowstone. Yellowstone's best-known and most regular geyser, Old Faithful, is easy to reach from here along with the many of the geyser basins.

427 km
4 hours by car
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Sample Local: Missoula
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Sample Local: Missoula

Work your way to western Montana via U.S. Highway 287 and U.S. Interstate 90 to experience Missoula, a must-visit for craft beer enthusiasts, as eight different microbreweries have opened here since the late 1980s.

Enjoy a day in this Montana town by strolling on the Riverfront Walking Trail, trying your hand at fishing in the river's waters, relaxing in a nearby natural hot springs or reliving the past at the Historical Museum of Fort Missoula.

111 km
1.5 hours by car
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Get Back to Nature: Flathead Lake and Whitefish
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Get Back to Nature: Flathead Lake and Whitefish

Cruise on U.S. Route 93 to some of the country's most beautiful scenery at Flathead Lake, which is not only the largest fresh body of water in the USA's West, but also one of Montana's most picturesque. Its 257 kilometers of tree-covered shoreline with a mountain backdrop are beautiful to drive by, but it's worth stopping to enjoy or fish in the sparkling waters.

The charming mountain town of Whitefish is just 30 minutes away on Highway 93, making it an excellent basecamp for exploring Flathead Lake before continuing on to nearby Glacier National Park.

72 km
1 hour by car
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That's a Wrap: Glacier National Park
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That's a Wrap: Glacier National Park

Just east of Whitefish on U.S. Highway 2, discover Glacier National Park, consisting of 762 lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks and countless surging waterfalls that will dazzle your senses and take your breath away. Today, just 25 of the once nearly 200 glaciers remain. You can explore the park either by car on the Going-to-the-Sun Road or by hiking the numerous trails throughout the park.

Experience the West how it used to be on a road trip through the wilds of the Big Sky State. Taste a bison burger in Missoula, see the surging waterfalls of Glacier National Park and get up close to grizzlies and geysers in Yellowstone. No matter which route you take, you'll be in awe of the panoramic landscapes and solitude of this incredible state.

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