U.S. Route 89- Northern Section | Montana

This breathtaking scenic drive whisks you along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and beyond to the plains. Enjoy dramatic Rocky Mountain views, vast sweeping rolling grasslands, active paleontology dig sites, roaming antelope, glimpses of the mighty Missouri River, well preserved First People and Western culture and heritage, and quaint charming towns. Beginning on the Blackfeet Nation, at the gateway to Glacier National Park, this route travels along the east side of Glacier, down the Rocky Mountain Front, the King’s Hill Scenic Byway, and into Paradise Valley ushering you to Yellowstone National Park.

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Babb, Montana
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Babb, Montana
Community | Village or Town

Babb, MT is a quaint community that sits on the border of the Blackfeet Nation and Glacier National Park. It is nestled in the transitional aspen ecoregion between the Rocky Mountains and mixed grass prairie. From Babb you can quickly and easily…

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St. Mary | Glacier National Park, Montana
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St. Mary | Glacier National Park, Montana
Natural Area | National Park or Protected Area

In Glacier National Park, St. Mary is located where the plains meet the mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for all of your Glacier adventures.

Offering lodging, restaurants, gas, and groceries, St. Mary makes for a good base camp for…

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Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village
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Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Art Gallery or Studio
Check out Museum of the Plains Indians and the Lodgepole Gallery, located conveniently next door to each other, for both traditional and contemporary Native American fine art. If you have the opportunity, book a stay in the traditional Lodgepole Tipi Village and learn about Blackfeet traditions around a crackling fire.

You'll experience a close-up venture into the life of the Blackfeet Indian at the Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village on the rolling, windswept prairie a couple miles outside Browning, Montana. View contemporary and traditional Native American…

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Museum of the Plains Indian | Browning, Montana
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Museum of the Plains Indian | Browning, Montana
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum

The Museum of the Plains Indian, founded in 1941, displays richly varied arts of Northern Plains Tribes, including the Blackfeet, Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Sioux, Assiniboine, Arapaho, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Flathead, Chippewa, and Cree. Their…

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Camp Disappointment | Browning, Montana
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Camp Disappointment | Browning, Montana
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site

On the return trip in late July of 1806, Capt. Lewis, George Drouillard, and the two Fields brothers ascended the Marias River. The explorers were hoping to find a tributary of the Missouri that went far enough north to cross the 50th parallel.

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Badger-Two Medicine Area | Montana
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Badger-Two Medicine Area | Montana
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

In the north, the Rocky Mountain Front includes the 200 square mile (130,000-acre) area that is the Badger-Two Medicine portion of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Badger-Two Medicine is named for two crystalline rivers that begin in…

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Dupuyer Cache | Dupuyer, Montana
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Dupuyer Cache | Dupuyer, Montana
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping
At the heart of the quaint community of Dupuyer is this family run general store carrying essential groceries, artisan crafts, specialty books including those from Ivan Doig, and locally grown Beverslide Dry Goods Merino Wool Yarn. Catch the Grizzly Day Festival first Saturday in August. Just down the road from the Cache is a wonderful stone monument that honors Ivan Doig, American author, widely known for his books set in his native Montana. Stretch your legs or learn more about the Rocky Mountain Front western heritage. Swift Dam Trailhead is a well established portal to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and connects you to miles of trails used by hikers and packers. The Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch offers exceptional winter wildlife viewing. If the opportunity arises, book a stay at the Inn Dupuyer Bed and Breakfast, an 100-year-old hand hewn log homestead house.

Dupuyer Cache is a unique store with groceries, specialty books, beverages, Beaverslide Dry Goods Yarn and local honey, photography, artisan crafts, local artist gallery and much more. Look for us on Facebook, too!

The Cache is the only…

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Two Medicine Dinosaur Center | Choteau, Montana
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Two Medicine Dinosaur Center | Choteau, Montana
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
One of fourteen stops along the Montana Dinosaur Trail you'll have the chance to view fossils and cultural artifacts and join active dinosaur digs. Extend your visit in the area and hop on the Blackleaf Road west of town and enjoy an exceptional scenic drive to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area. If rock climbing is your forte you're going to want to check out Blackleaf Canyon.

See hatchling bones from a fossil nest and join in active dinosaur digs along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

Montana’s Two Medicine Dinosaur Center includes a skeletal model display of a Seismosaurus, one of the world's largest dinosaurs (…

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Teton County Courthouse - Choteau, Montana
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Teton County Courthouse - Choteau, Montana
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site
Choteau offers full services (fuel, groceries, restaurants, lodging and shopping) and is located on North America's original transcontinental highway, Old North Trail, used for millennia by native peoples moving north or south along the Rocky Mountain Front. The Old Trail Museum has fossils, dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, grizzly bears, and spotlights the diverse and colorful local history.

The impressive three-story Teton County Courthous, standing in the middle of Main Avenue, is the historic center of Choteau and the hub of many governmental activities. Surrounded by nearly 100 year-old trees, this majestic stone edifice…

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Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area | Fairfield, Montana
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Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area | Fairfield, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Wildlife Viewing Area
Make sure to stop at this photographer's paradise. Popular with birding enthusiasts the area lends itself to self-tours. If visiting during peak migration look into joining the Annual Spring Audubon Society's Trip to Freezeout Lake.

Birds by the hundreds of thousands and humans by the handful congregate at Freezeout Lake to celebrate early spring. It's a wildlife viewing spectacle that for a few days rivals any natural wonder in the world.

Tundra swans, snow geese,…

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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park | Great Falls, Montana
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park | Great Falls, Montana
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site
If you happen to be around Labor Day Weekend check out the Montana Atlatl Mammoth Hunt. Experts and novices from around the country, and even the world, come try their hand at throwing the atlatl, an 8,000 year-old hunting weapon, the primitive bow, tomahawk and knife.

For at least one thousand years, before horses and guns made the work easier and safer, Plains Indians stampeded bison over this ledge to be finished off by the spears and arrows of hunters waiting below. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is…

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Giant Springs State Park | Great Falls, Montana
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Giant Springs State Park | Great Falls, Montana
Natural Area | State or Provincial Park
Giant Springs State Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Missouri River, in Great Falls, MT. If you have a full day in Great Falls, explore the nearby Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, C.M. Russell Museum, or River's Edge Trail. Great Falls is the largest community between Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Yellowstone National Park, on U.S. Route 89.

Giant Springs State Park is an unexpected treasure, nested on the banks of the mighty Missouri River.  It is home to one of the largest freshwater springs in the country and feeds the Roe River, once listed as the world's shortest river. The…

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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center | Great Falls, Montana
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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center | Great Falls, Montana
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Visitor or Interpretive Centre
The annual Lewis and Clark Festival is held each year on the third weekend of June, in Gibson Park, in downtown Great Falls Montana. The Festival highlights the Lewis and Clark Expedition and their stay in the Central Montana area in 1805.

First non-native tourists found a route to the Pacific Ocean in an 1803-06 odyssey along Missouri and Columbia Rivers. As a modern explorer you can trace the journey more quickly at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

The Lewis and Clark…

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White Sulphur Springs | Montana
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White Sulphur Springs | Montana
Community | Village or Town
Summer events include local rodeos July 4 and Labor Day and Red Ants Pants Music Festival the last weekend of July. For route ideas from White Sulphur Springs to Yellowstone National Park visit: https://bit.ly/2AwnLsDs.

White Sulphur Springs is located on US Hwy 89 at the southern end of the 71-mile Kings Hill Scenic Byway. Soak in three natural hot pools fed by sulphur springs at the Spa Hot Springs Motel. Three pools, 2 outdoor and 1 indoor, are drained,…

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1 Babb, Montana
2 St. Mary | Glacier National Park, Montana
3 Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village
4 Museum of the Plains Indian | Browning, Montana
5 Camp Disappointment | Browning, Montana
6 Badger-Two Medicine Area | Montana
7 Dupuyer Cache | Dupuyer, Montana
8 Two Medicine Dinosaur Center | Choteau, Montana
9 Teton County Courthouse - Choteau, Montana
10 Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area | Fairfield, Montana
11 First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park | Great Falls, Montana
12 Giant Springs State Park | Great Falls, Montana
13 Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center | Great Falls, Montana
14 White Sulphur Springs | Montana