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Hike, Bike, Canoe, and Drive: Eastern Montana Awaits

As Montana's national parks fill up with centennial travelers this year, visitors looking for solitude and off-the-beaten-path adventures need to look no further than the other half of the state. In addition to being home to American Prairie Reserve, Eastern Montana offers unique and action-packed opportunities to hit the trail, get on the water, ride through rolling terrain, and enjoy local communities along the way. As you plan a trip to Big Sky country, find a different kind of experience on the northern plains:

  • "A father and son make like Lewis & Clark on a Missouri River canoe trip" - This new article from the Los Angeles Times takes you on a father-son canoe trip down the Missouri River, starting in historic Fort Benton and moving through the terrain of Lewis and Clark.

  • "Exploring the Montinental Divide" - Unlike the Continental Divide, the east-west Montinental Divide is a DIY-route that takes visitors through the remote mountain ranges and small towns of Eastern Montana, where travelers can enjoy the badlands-like terrain and solemn open spaces. Perfect for your next RV road trip!

  • This spring, the Wild Montana Hike Guide was launched to help hikers learn about and find hikes that meet their abilities and sightseeing goals. Use the map to enjoy the quiet trails of Eastern Montana and lesser-known wilderness areas, which offer good opportunities for wildlife viewing and seeing the region's rich human and geologic history. 

  • Adventure Cycling: The Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail - The Adventure Cycling Association has mapped a route with paved roads, bike paths, unpaved rail-trails, and gravel roads that takes stalwart cyclists through Lewis and Clark country. Across Eastern Montana, the route moves through must-see stops like Fort Peck, Lewistown, Fort Benton, and Great Falls. 

  • "Five favorite stops on a Hi-Line adventure" - The Hi-Line, Montana's northern tier along Highway 2, is definitely road-trip ready. Travelers will find local breweries, hot springs, ghost towns, and some of the best Montana meat. Be sure to stay in local towns and campground along the way to get a better sense of place.