Today we drove our rental car from Bozeman (population 32,414) in southwestern Montana to Kalispell (population 14,223) in northwestern Montana. Our route took us over both freeway and secondary roads as we traveled via Helena and Great Falls. We also skirted the southern border of Glacier National Park before arriving in Kalispell in the evening.
En route we visited Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument which conserves 375,000 acres of land along the Missouri River in central Montana. The national monument interpretive center in Fort Benton, MT, opened in 2006, is wonderful.
For more information on Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, visit www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/lewistown_field_office/UM.html, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Missouri_River_Breaks_National_Monument, and www.publiclands.org/explore/site.php?id=2778&PHPSESSID=23cfeb7c9.
We stayed in a Super 8 Motel in Kalispell and enjoyed a second terrific dinner at Famous Dave's, a national chain where we had first dined in Bozeman on 26 August.
The total mileage driven today by Barbara was 516 miles.
I will post pics from today soon.