My happy plan to travel the United States on the most glorious trip ever
Originating in Saint Louis, the plan is to head east in the spring even though I would like to be in New York for ice skating and New Years Eve. Leaving Saint Louis, heading northeast towards Peoria, (I might sneak north to Chicago) but will probably hit that on the way back through. Heading East from Peoria to Indianapolis then south towards Kentucky. Kentucky and Tennessee circling back up north to Ohio and then good Ol' Detroit Michigan. 2 Things could happen here, either keep heading all of the way north to the UP or head east of the bridge into Canada. I love Windsor and would love to go in that direction cutting across Canada to Niagra Falls landing back in the United States.
Number one : Salem Mass On my list Traveling east to the coast and then heading south to Florida.
What will I find along the way?
New York ... the big dream for New Year's eve, shopping and seeing famous places that are in my favorite movies :)
One of the best ways to see Glacier National Park is to take the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, is a land of uncommon beauty. Tourists enjoy the park’s many beautiful glacier-carved mountains.
Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first national park, straddles the border of Montana and Wyoming (with most of the park being in northwest Wyoming). Geysers, waterfalls, and other natural wonders draw thousands of tourists to Yellowstone each year. Wildlife is abundant in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone CountrySoutheast and south-central Montana is Yellowstone Country. A major southern route into Yellowstone Country begins at Glendive, near the eastern border of the state. This route follows I-94 and the valley of the Yellowstone River to Billings. Travelers from Wyoming often enter Yellowstone Country on I-90. Some cities in this travel region are Glendive, Miles City, Forsyth, Billings, Red Lodge, and Livingston.
Gold CountrySouthwest Montana is Gold Country. When driving west on I-90, visitors enter Gold Country west of Livingston. When coming into Montana from Idaho on I-90, Gold Country begins near Missoula. When driving north from Idaho on I-15, the first major town is Dillon. Prominent cities in this region are Bozeman, Butte, and Missoula.
RanchlandCentral Montana is Ranchland. This region lies in the drainage basin of the Missouri River. Travelers entering Montana from North and South Dakota can leave I-94 and the Yellowstone Valley at Forsyth and take the central route, U.S. Highway 12, to Roundup, Harlowton, White Sulphur Springs, Townsend and Helena. Other major routes into Ranchland are U.S. Highway 87 north from Billings, U.S. Highway 87 east from Great Falls, and I-15 north from Butte.
DiscoverylandNortheast and north-central Montana is Discoveryland. U.S. Highway 2, a northern route into Discoveryland, begins at Culbertson, near the North Dakota border. This route passes through a vast, largely unpopulated region. Cities along the northern route are Culbertson, Glasgow, Havre, and Shelby. Great Falls is the only big city in this part of Montana. Many visitors enter Discoveryland from Canada on I-15.
Wilderness CountryNorthwest Montana is Wilderness Country. West of Shelby, on U.S. Highway 2, the plains change rather abruptly to mountains. Important cities in this region are Whitefish, Columbia Falls,Kalispell, Polson, and Ronan. Glacier National Park is a part of this area of Montana. U.S. Highway 93, north from Missoula, is another good route into Wilderness Country.
Travel InformationMap Montana: a free highway map, produced by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), shows highways, cities, and waterways. In addition, the map shows cultural and physical features. MDT also publishes an online Map. Visit Montana distributes a highway map and a Vacation Planning Kit. Call 1-800-847-4868. Before traveling, it’s helpful to check Montana’s road condition report and the weather from the Weather Channel.MDT’s traveler information system offers information on bad weather driving conditions, road construction, and road closures. Call 1-800-226-7623.
Travel tip: Montana is far away from all major population centers in the U.S. and Canada. Still it is possible for many folks to drive to Montana in one day. Sometimes it’s a long day!