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Road Trip to Butte, Montana From Frederick, Maryland

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Road Trip to Butte, Montana From Frederick, Maryland

Hi, all! This is my first post to this forum. On Thursday afternoon, 8/31, my fiance and I will be heading out on our first road trip to Butte, Montana. This will sound corny, but my whole life I have felt as though I'm supposed to be in Montana. I have no idea why; I just know that I'm 48 years old, and I'm finally going to make it! Maybe I lived there in my previous life or something. Anyway, we'll arrive in Butte (I hope!) on Saturday afternoon/early evening; and we're staying at the Toad Hall Manor. We plan to make that our home base, and take day trips to see different areas. We are interested in seeing some of the touristy stuff, but are also very open to and interested in experiencing the local flavor. So, if any of you folks have any "must see" suggestions, please pass them along.

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks a bunch!

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1. Re: Road Trip to Butte, Montana From Frederick, Maryland

Interesting choice to pick Butte! Do you have job prospects in Butte?

Check out the Mining Museum while you're in town. It's big and pretty amazing. Also, if you have time you may want to check out the Archives office. You can see what Butte was like when it was booming.

Lewis and Clark Caverns is about 30 miles away from Butte (over Homestake Pass toward Whitehall). The Caverns are very impressive.

Also, off Homestake Pass and a ways up a dirt road are the ringing rocks. The rocks produce different notes/tones when you hit them. It's a phenomenon only found a couple places in the entire world.

You might want to check out Bozeman while you're in Montana. It's 83 miles from Butte (head east on I-90). It has a very different atmosphere than Butte.

If you're looking at housing, many people live in Whitehall and commute to Butte. Whitehall is a small town (1300 people) 23 miles east of Butte on I-90. There are several Lewis and Clark Murals displayed around Whitehall.

You'll have to try a Pork Chop Johns sandwich in Butte. Also check out the M&M Bar uptown. My favorite meals in Butte: Matt's Diner for lunch (big greasy hamburgers and huge milkshakes) and Front Street Market (homemade soups and great sandwiches plus there's the $5/bottles of wine that the owner always has on sale).

The old highway between Butte and Whitehall is beautiful.

There is good golfing near Anaconda (west of Butte on I-90) at the Old Works Golf Course.

Have a good trip. I grew up between Butte and Bozeman. It's a beautiful area of the state.

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2. Re: Road Trip to Butte, Montana From Frederick, Maryland

I'm in Butte tonight, hoped the forum would shed some light on where to have dinner. I had a hamburger for lunch today at Fred's Grill and it was really good. I think I'm going to the Derby for dinner; they seem to be known for their steaks.

One of the things that I'm finding very surprising here is that every little store seems to have a casino in it. I didn't realize Montana was a big gambling state. One of the folks I met today told me Butte has about 40 casinos, 40 bars, and 40 churches. She did some kind of discussion on it for a class she was taking. My immediate comment was, "There's a church for everyone after they've enjoyed their drinking and gambling," and she said that was the position she had taken in her discussion of the social logistics of these facilities.

The scenery is gorgeous. I am so dismayed not to have a camera with me. I would have been shooting like crazy from the pane. I'm in camera hell right now. My Sony digital has no charger for the batteries because my 17 year old lost it on a trip this summer. I've been hunting for a charger for a month now with no luck. My Canon digital shutter just broke so it's in the shop. And I leave for London on Friday. So I am either going to have to buy yet another digital camera or do without photos. And I normally shoot about 3,600+ photos a year (film) and even more digital. My guess is I'm going to spring for the new Canon A640.

It's supposed to snow tomorrow evening, but it was looking all afternoon like it could happen at any moment. I thought long and hard about wearing a coat and finally decided not to for this trip, hope I don't regret that decision in the morning.

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3. Re: Road Trip to Butte, Montana From Frederick, Maryland

Can you give Toad Hall Manor a recommendation?

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