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
June 22, 2009