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Reds go to the Sun

If you’re lucky enough to travel to Glacier National Park, one of the best ways to explore the serpentine Going to the Sun Road (the only road in the Park) is to hop a Red Bus tour. Of course, if you’ve got nerves of steel, you can drive the steep and winding Sun Road yourself (no RVs allowed). However, a more relaxing way to enjoy jaw-dropping views of lakes, waterfalls, dense forests, hanging valleys, alpine tundra, and the soaring, glacier-studded peaks of the Lewis and Livingstone mountain ranges–and learn about the park’s fascinating history, geology and its plants and animals–is to take a Red Bus tour.

The 25-foot-long, open air buses are themselves pieces of history. Constructed from 1936 to 1939 by the White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio, the Reds feature canvass rollback tops, roll down windows and a door for every row of seats. The drivers, called “Jammers,” are full of fascinating facts and will point out interesting sights like swirls of 1.6 billion year old fossilized blue green and a sheer wall that weeps water all year long. Tours of one hour to a full day are available June through September. For more information or to book a Red Bus Tour, go to glaciermt.com or call 406-892-2525.

by Bobbie Hasselbring

Biking through Western Montana

I started my trip in Missoula and really enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the folks there. Being from Southern California, it’s a real pleasure to get away from the traffic jams and hustle and bustle and replace it with the more sane pace of life enjoyed in Montana. Some other places I really liked in the region were Garnet ghost town, Flathead Lake, the Miracle of America Museum (Polson), Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River. The Visitor Center at the National Bison Range and surrounding park is another treasure for wildlife viewing. And don’t miss a drive up to Eureka past Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa up into Yaak Country. With so many miles of unspoiled countryside, it’s hard to go wrong anywhere in Western Montana.

by Ken Freund