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Flying R guest cabins: in the Bitterroot valley

I always recommend this place to customers in the restaurant looking for a nice place to stay in the valley. This is the kind of place you come to Montana for. 2 cabins with kitchen facilities, I guess you could cook up the fish you caught that day.

Great views, beautiful part of Montana, quiet and private. The host family are wonderful people. (lol see my warning or danger tip about speeding in Darby)

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Fishing, Adventure Travel
  • Written July 25, 2004
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  • EllenH profile photo EllenH
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The Spa hot springs motel: Between Glacier and Yellowstone

Alot of people coming to Montana want to see both Glacier National park and Yellowstone National park. That is a big undertaking and a lot of driving but if you insist upon it, the shortest route between the 2 parks is u.s. 89 and about 1/2 way in between there is this funky little town called White Sulpher Springs. This is not a fancy hotel by any means and not expensive but very Montana ish..... it took us about 4 1/2 hours to drive there and no i would not go out of my way to go back because there are nicer hot springs closer to where I live but if I was traveling between the 2 parks it would be the perfect layover and very relaxing.

they have a hot springs pool, need i say more?

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, National/State Park
  • Written June 30, 2004
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Best Western: Accomodation close to Yellowstone

The Best Western at West Yellowstone is located just a couple of miles outside Yellowstone National Park. The town of West Yellowstone has dozens of motels for tourists who want to experience the beauty of the oldest national park of the country.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 12, 2002
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various Glacier National Park Campgrounds: camping at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has many fine campground spread over its considerable area. Organized car campgrounds are mostly clustered on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. With the great size of the park, it makes most sense to move from one area to the next rather than backtrack but if you remain in one spot, at least the road you are backtracking on is amazingly scenic! Campgrounds vary in amenities and also when they are open so please check the park's helpful website to pick the one that best suits your needs. West of Logan Pass has Apgar, Fish Creek, Sprague Creek, Lake McDonald, and Avalanche Creek. I have not stayed on that side of Logan Pass so cannot comment on them.

The east side of the Divide has Rising Sun and St. Mary on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. On that side of the park but in separate sections of the park, there is Many Glacier and Two Medicine. Most campgrounds in the park are first-come, first-served but you can reserve for St. Mary and Fish Creek.

In 1994, I camped at Rising Sun and it was a wonderful spot but on our most recent trip in 2008, we picked Many Glacier for a variety of reasons. Though remote from much of the park, it is close to some of the finest day hikes in the park. More importantly, it was close to a backcountry ranger station, making it easy for me to get up early and walk to get permits while D slept in.

This is grizzly territory and proper food storage is required. Rangers make the rounds to make sure you are not leaving any food out when not in use. They have food storage lockers for those camping without a hard-sided vehicle but unlike Yosemite, you do not have to use them if you do have a hard-sided one. This is a lot easier logistically when you are moving around.

It was $20 per night to camp in the summer of 2008 and pretty good value.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Budget Travel, Camping
  • Written September 11, 2002
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It's hard to give lodging...

It's hard to give lodging recomandations for the whole state of Montana. So if you have any questions, and you want me to give you a few possible locations, e-mail me. If your here in motor homes, try the KOA Campgrounds, they seem to be pretty nice.

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  • Written August 26, 2002

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The nicest place near...

The nicest place near Interstate 90 highway is the C'mon Inn..fairly close to the airport too. If you want to be nearer to shopping and restaurants chose the Val-u Inn on Brooks
Prices depend on the season but start at about $65.00 a night depending on how you make your reservation.

Both feature hot tubs ....The Val-U Inn is next to an unlikely looking restaurant called Curley's that is also a bar on one side. It has the very best steaks in Missoula.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 26, 2002

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Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and The...

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and The Many Glacier Hotel and let's not forget camping!!
Ooh, they paid! I believe it can be pretty expensive. Like 70 to 120 a night. Congress is trying to figure out how to make a stay a reasonable price, yet still allow for people to make a living. Camping can be very inexpensive though!!

Many Glacier is an historic hotel. It is in some disrepair, but I can attest to its beauty. Its resturant has tasty trout and berry desserts. The view is stunning of Many Glacier Lake. The Swiftcurrent Inn, where I stayed, has an AMAZING view of the mountain to the left, pictured. I woke up for my hike and could not believe the sunrise was so pretty!! Both have more than adequate lodgings, and if you went to this park to see the interior of a hotel room, anyways, you are silly!!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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This is McDonald Lodge near...

This is McDonald Lodge near the western entrance to Glacier. It is over a hundred years old with huge plank floor boards that creak as you walk across. I watched as 6 men carried a mammoth log to the fireplace for heating the entrance. It must have burned all day. The lodge has several rooms and also cabins along the lake if you prefer. Just to sit on the porch and watch the birds and water was such a tranquil experience. We all need to do that when traveling.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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I have only ever camped in...

I have only ever camped in Montana, throughout Glacier Park. There are a multitude of camprounds with as much or as little facilities as you want. We've never had a problem getting a space but I would reccommend getting a reservation for any of the summer long weekends, especially if the weather looks good! Also there is no state tax so if you need a motel they will be that much cheaper!!
It's also $10 US to get into the National Park for a car, good for 4 days(I think).

There are some really neat cabins at Swiftcurrent(west of the Babb/Many Glaciers entrance to Glacier Park). Very rustic, but if you don't plan on spending any time inside, they're great!!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 24, 2002

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In Glacier National Park, I...

In Glacier National Park, I would recommend staying at some of the 'primative' campsites that are somewhat further out. Primative just means pit toilets and usually you have to take a long and winding dirt road to them (no RVs allowed - hooray!). Bowman Lake is beautiful, and good for fishing. Though it does have mosquitoes, so bring the bug spray.
$12 a night

Great Views! Great Wildlife! Quiet, clean, lots of hiking trails nearby.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 24, 2002

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El Western Resort & Motel: El Western Resort & Motel

Overnight (no kitchens) @ $65
Kitchen Suites @ $90-100
Large cabins with fireplaces, etc. @ $140
Lodges $160-325

Authentic log cabins, beautiful grounds, spectacular mountain views. Cabins come with or without kitchens and some are very large with fireplaces and livingrooms. These places are immaculately clean and have fine detailing in the woodwork. Even a rushing creek on the property. This is a really neat place.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 24, 2002
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All you need while canoeing...

All you need while canoeing the Missouri River is a comfortable tent with a rain fly. I bought the Eureka Gossamer from my friend Mike last year, and it's the perfect one-man tent.

Just roll back the fly if the forecast calls for clear skies, and you'll have an incredible view of the starry Montana sky! The bugs stay away, but the cool nighttime breeze drifts in.

I slept extremely soundly under the stars in Big Sky Country.

If clouds build, just roll down the rain fly, stake it down, and you're good to go!

Nothing is more relaxing than staring up through your tent's mosquito netting, up at the stars, with a waxing moon illuminating the Missouri River Valley.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 24, 2002
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If you have read my other...

If you have read my other pages might note that I don't mention accomodations specifically. There is one very worthy of noting. Big Creek Pines Bed and Breakfast is an absolutely marvelous experience. The owner provides some of the most excellent breakfast's one could imagine and the location is breath taking. Great people. Very private.
I think it was about $75.00/ night. This place will reduce your stress level by about 99% and its a lot more fun then a shrink:)

Privacy, your own private bath, excellent views of the Ruby Mountains to the east and the Bitteroot Wilderness to the west. Close to the river where deer can be seen every am and pm. Great people with a whole different idea about breakfast. This is not a coffee and doughnut operation. And priced about $70.00 cheaper than it ought to be. The picture is of the North Fork of the Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. As you look west about 1 mile way are the Bitteroot Mountains in all their majesty. St. Mary's Peak dominates the whole view. I find myself frequently starring at it and marvelling its beauty. If you are up for a day drive, go south to Hamilton (30 minutes) and take the seasonal 'highway' 38 across the Skalkaho Pass to Georgetown Lake. This is a beautiful drive but is only open during the summer. The road is a little rough but most cars should not have a problem, although I would leave the Ferrari home for this drive. You could eat lunch Georgetown Lake Lodge and maybe even drown a worm or two. I don't mind telling you that the fishing can be pretty good here so this is no secret. You'll be looking for fat rainbows. To get back either return by the same route or head up Hwy 1 to the Interstate 90 then back to Missoula and south to Stevensville. Another great drive is going to Lolo Hot Springs off Hwy. 12. You could go another 20 minutes to the Lolo Pass where there is a visitor center and more awesome country. The Bitteroot River has been been infected with a desease that killed about 90% of the trout during 1997-1999. The fish are making a come back but it will be a while before there is a healthy population of trout. That being the case you might consider releasing anything you catch in the Bitteroot River.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 24, 2002
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