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Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

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Rochester, NY
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Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

We have set aside two days/2 nights to travel the most scenic route from Billings to Many Glacier. We do not want to go toward Missoula as we'll be spending two days/nights in the Big Fork/Flat Lake/Swan Lake area so we can cover this area at the end of our time in Glacier National Park.

Our interest is to take a scenic route from Billings and end up at the Many Glacier entrance area the 3rd day mid to late morning.

We don't want to take major highways as we're not in a hurry - we want to explore the area in between and see more of Montana.

Any thoughts as to a route and what we might explore; towns/cities to stay in, etc would be greatly appreciated. We are leaving in a week and this is the only part of our trip still unplanned.

Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give us.

kathy and jack

Atlanta, Georgia
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1. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

We have driven the route up thru Helena and Choteau and on to Many Glacier. I don't think it is as scenic as the route going up thru the Pintler Scenic Hwy between Butte and Missoula and then going up by Flathead lake and Polson to the west side of Glacier. The route up thru Helena and Choteau to Many Glacier was miles and miles and miles of beautiful ranch land with the mountains in the background. Choteau is about the only place along that route to get a hotel room and food.

Hopefully some of the locals will give you advice on a scenic route.

western WA
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2. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

You can go from Billings to Lewistown or Harlotown and go over Kings Hill at Neihart. I think one night on the road is enough unless you don't have lodging in the park the second night.

Rochester, New York
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3. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

Kathy,

We are also from Rochester and are planning a trip to Glacier this summer. We have been contemplating flying into Seattle and driving, thinking it might be interesting country along the way. What did you end up doing last year and what recommendations do you have?

Jean

Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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4. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

It's a long way from Seattle if you go the scenic route and a boring ride if you take the freeaway till you get to Cordelaine. (I can never spell that correctly) Why not drive to Spokane instead. Only about 4 hours to West side of GNP?

western WA
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5. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

To help with map searching, it is spelled Coeur d'Alene. It's pronounced the way gnp spelled it, which is nice to know.

Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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6. Re: Billings to Many Glacier in Two Days

Thanks ainwa. I was in too much of a hurry to stop and look up the correct spelling. I grew up close to a lake called Court Oreilles and live in a town called Mahtomedi. Both hard to spell and pronounce.

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