Montana is not exactly a highly traveled area by plane, so expect high prices if flying. Most people simply drive to and through the state which is the best way. Be careful of the Fall and Winter months. Things can get a little nasty there. The picture is of the Pintlar Wilderness and another of my favorites.
The only way to get to James Kipp State Park, where we met Sid Napier of Starwest Outfitters, is by car.
The most scenic way to explore Big Sky Country is by canoe, as Timothy demonstrates below with daughters Zoe and Hadley!
Hiring a car in Canada and dropping it off in the US can be a problem., If you want to hire in Canada drive round the US and retun the car to any other Canadian town its ok...but NOT droppnig it off in the US. The reasons I was given were varied and included Insurance, Terrorism and Tax (?). Eventually I spoke to someone at Hertz who managed to sort out a Ford Explorer to pick up at Clagary Airport and drop off in Missoula Montana. It cost a $500 US Surcharge
Plane fare is expensive. We flew into Spokane, Washington on an America West red-eye flight for $330. It was a hike to get to Glacier National park (the books say 4 1/2 hours, but it seemed to take more like 7 hours), so we stayed in Idaho on the way there. But if you really need to save money, it is an option.
Also, I've heard the train is very nice. The Amtrack train goes right through Glacier National Park and stops in East Glacier, West Glacier. I think it is about 30 hours from Chicago.
Car Rental. You will want to drive. The speed limits are very high, and the roads are curvy and steep so be careful!
By car/auto via Interstate 90 highway. By plane...fly directly into Missoula. We have an international airport.
First choice...by car. In warm weather months...second choice by bicycle. Last choice, by bus.
If you can drive. The drive into Montana from any angle has got to be one of the most majestic I have ever seen!
I don't recall seeing any buses in Helena, MT, the state capital. So you need to rent a car if you do not have one.
The train is a waste of time becasue you see nothing. it gets you from point A to point B in an agonizingly slow way.
you wont find much in the way of public transportation here. you can get to montana on a plane, bus, or train but then you are pretty much on your own.
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