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Need advice around Bozeman Arae

We are flying into and back out of Bozeman and will be going down into Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Arrive TH, 9/2 and leaving SAT 9/11. We plan to stay a few nights in Jackson. We do not have time to visit Glacier but wanted to see a little of Montana before heading to Yellowstone.

We are about 60, no children, enjoy some history but not buffs by any means. We like to see different areas not just tourist attractions. We are more walkers than hikers. Any thoughts?

We will probably stay in Bozeman TH and visit some in Montana and end up in W. Yellowstone SUN. & MON. nights. We are thinking about 2 nights in Jackson , then probably want to see a different part of the park. We want to end up in Bozeman FRI. 9/10 as we fly out early in AM SAT.

Suggestions?

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1. Re: Need advice around Bozeman Arae

I hope you have your lodging reservations made for your trip. Buy the book Yellowstone Treasures for great insight into the park, routes and wildlife. It is a valuable resource and I have used it every time we have visited the park. In Bozeman check out the Museum of the Rockies. We have been to YNP and GTNP in 2007 and 2008. We are going to Glacier and back to YNP and GTNP the last week of August. We will be leaving as you are arriving.

In terms of lodging- check out Three Bear Lodge and Alpine in West Yellowstone. In Jackson Hole we are staying at the Lexington this time but in the past have stayed at the Wyoming Inn- but it is a bit pricey. Other hotels that get good recommendations are the Buckrail, Elk Country, Sundance and Ranch Inn.

Enjoy your trip.

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I don't know how far from BZN you want to go, but the area west of Butte is quite interesting - Drummond/ Philipsburg/Anaconda. Closer to BZN, the Three Forks area is also nice - There is Headwaters State Park, where the 3 rivers come together to form the MIssouri. Also, Lewis and Clark park is very pretty - great views, even if you don't tour the caves.

You can also drive down to Ennis, and then over to Virginia City and Nevada City - restored mining towns. The drive from here to West Yellowstone is very scenic - along the Madison River and past Quake Lake - make sure to stop at the Visitor's Center if you do decide to go that way

Have a great trip!

Edited: 13 June 2010, 14:14
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heypaula,

Isn't the area from Drummond to Anaconda called the Montana Scenic hwy or the Pintler scenic hwy? We are planning to take that route on our way from Glacier to Yellowstone. Great info about that route in the Montana travel guide that I ordered.

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Some ideas that are popular with locals (as well as tourists) are the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, and Lewis & Clark Caverns about 45 miles west of Bozeman. It's too late in the year for whitewater rafting. If you are into flyfishing, this is THE place; there are lots of local fly shops that can set you up. Ride the scenic lift at Big Sky (okay, this is a touristy thing, but still an awesome top of the world view, and it is popular with local mountain bikers who take their bikes up the lift and ride down).

Since you are staying in Bozeman -- definitely eat dinner one night downtown and stroll up and down Main Street before or after. Bozeman has an active downtown. If you are there the night of the 10th, you can catch the last night of ArtWalk. However, if the weather is nice, that might not be a good night to eat downtown as the restaurants will be crowded with locals.

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Yes it is CeCe. Here's a link to numerous scenic drives around the state: visitmt.com/experiences/scenic_adventures/ (Click on Scenic Drives)

Edited: 13 June 2010, 19:47
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Still didn't get it quite right - click on "view complete statewide listings" - upper right on the next page :-)

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Thanks for the suggestions. One other question. If we did not want to drive to GNC but did want to see a bit of Montanna before we went to YNP, where within a couple of hours would be interesting to see. Again, we are more into strolling around town..look at the architecture/side streets, walk along the top of a gorge vs. mt. hiking.

We went to GC/four corners two years ago. We enjoyed the scenery. I usually take 100s of photos on our trips. We visited ruins, Crater Lake, drove around looking at wall drawings, Monument Valley, etc. We like to find less traveled routes, small towns and talk to locals. I prefer to stay away from some of the most touristy places like Myrtle Beach, Branson, Gatlinberg, etc. No interest at all in those

We tend to go on some back roads when we can avoid always riving on Interstate all the times. We always have interesting little side adventures that others on vacation might not appreciate. We would prefer to find interesting things than be entertained. We are not looking for expensive gifts, etc. but enjoy local crafts more to look at and enjoy talking to the people.

So, basically, we are kind of boring but it works out well for us. Based on the above any further suggestions?

Boring in Chas.

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Thanks. Your suggestions sound great. We appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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Thank you very much.

Enjoy your trip!

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If you're driving to YNP via West Yellowstone (west park entrance), you could return to Bozeman Bozeman via Gardiner (north park entrance), for a change of scenery. You can always count on seeing lots of Elk in/near Gardiner, if you haven't already seen plenty in the park. Chico Hot Springs is about a half-hour north of the park, and has a hot mineral pool, restaurant, & horseback riding, if any of those sound appealing.

As others have recommended, the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is worth a visit. They have a planetarium, and a decent collection of dinosaur remains from Eastern Montana, among other things.

Lewis & Clark Caverns are about an hour outside of Bozeman, but check out their schedule online, as they are seasonal, and may be closed by then. The cavern tour is guided, but has a couple of tight crevaces that you may need to crawl through, which is good to know if you have physical limitations.

If you'd be interested in a nice little drive through some mountain scenery, you could check out Hyalite Canyon. It's a favorite with the locals, and a good way to spend a few hours, just a few miles outside of Bozeman. If you'd like to stretch your legs a bit, there are a couple of easily accessible waterfalls worth exploring there. If they get an early cold snap, the falls could even be partially frozen. Directions to the Canyon and Falls are below:

Palisade Falls - Very popular...short, but somewhat steep paved trail.

waterfallsmontana.com/waterfalls.aspx?id=15

Grotto Falls - Longer, but gentler paved trail. Several more waterfalls further up the trail if you're interested.

waterfallsmontana.com/waterfalls.aspx?id=27

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