Montana

    Two Ghost Towns for the Price of One: Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana (3)

    8/22/12 •

    During a trip through the Rocky Mountains in Montana, my husband and I stumbled onto two of the most exciting ghost towns we'd ever seen -- Virginia City and Nevada City. Located in a remote area of southwest Montana, Virginia City sprang to life after gold was discovered in nearby Alder Gulch in...

    Good Home Cooking at Yesterday's Calf-A Restaurant, Montana (1)

    7/20/13 •

    When my family takes a drive through southwestern Montana, we like to eat at Yesterday's Calf-A, located in an old schoolhouse in tiny Dell (population 7 to 19!). Run by Linda and Richard Marxer, the cafe serves up good home cooking. It's known for its roast beef, but my favorite is the chicken-fried...

    Giant Springs State Park, Montana: One of the Largest Freshwater Springs in the World

    4/23/15 •

    My family always enjoys stopping at Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls, Montana. The park is named for the huge spring discovered in 1805 by the Lewis & Clark expedition. Giant Springs is one of the world's largest freshwater springs, with a daily flow of 338 million gallons of water a day!...

    Parker Homestead State Park: Montana's Smallest

    10/19/12 •

    While traveling through beautiful southwest Montana, my husband and I came across little-known Parker Homestead State Park, located outside Three Forks in the scenic Jefferson River Valley. At a little more than 1 acre in size, this is Montana's smallest state park. It features just a sod-roof cabin tucked under a stand of...

    Take a Scenic Side Trip to Polebridge Mercantile, Montana (1)

    7/26/14 •

    ...of Columbia Falls, Montana on County Highway 486 (also known as the Outside North Fork Road). From the park's Camas Creek Entrance, take the North Fork Road and follow the signs; it's about a 15-mile drive. The store is generally open 7 days a week, but it shuts down for a few weeks in late...

    Museum of the Plains Indian on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana

    9/27/12 •

    I happily paid a second visit to the Museum of the Plains Indian on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana, near Glacier National Park. My husband and I squeezed in a quick tour several years ago when we were in the area. But I really wanted more time to explore this outstanding...

    Delicious Dinner at the Northern Lights Saloon, Montana

    9/08/13 •

    Numerous folks suggested we eat dinner at the rustic Northern Lights Saloon in tiny Polebridge, Montana, by the western border of Glacier National Park. Next to the landmark Polebridge Mercantile, the Northern Lights is well worth the 15-mile drive on a dirt road. Our rib eye steak dinner was delicious. I recommend going...

    5 Picture-Perfect Towns Lost in Time

    11/14/13 •

    ...the Master's Hotel. If you're interested in the town's charming natural attractions, head to Dunning's Springs, the Fort Atkinson Preserve, or the Ice Cave State Preserve. Fort Benton, Montana Image via Flickr by roger4336 Fort Benton bills itself as "the birthplace of Montana" and still retains much of its historic charm. The Heritage Complex is...

    Missouri's DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge: 200,000 Artifacts on Display

    2/11/15 •

    ...fields in Montana. Its cargo included 35,000 pounds of mercury, $4,000 in gold coins and 5,000 gallons of whiskey, all worth a small fortune. When crews excavated the boat from 30 feet of mud in a low-lying field (the river had changed its course), the valuables were gone. But the 200,000 or so artifacts, now...