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Aside from its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife, much of the allure of Montana is in its wide open spaces and sparse population. It¹s not uncommon to travel 80-100 miles between inhabited towns (yes, there are towns that are virtually uninhabited!), and find nothing more than a bar and a church. This can be pretty unnerving if the gas gauge is near empty, the stomach is growling, the kids are screaming for food, and it¹s getting late enough to think of bedding down.

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Overview

Aside from its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife, much of the allure of Montana is in its wide open spaces and sparse population. It¹s not uncommon to travel 80-100 miles between inhabited towns (yes, there are towns that are virtually uninhabited!), and find nothing more than a bar and a church. This can be pretty unnerving if the gas gauge is near empty, the stomach is growling, the kids are screaming for food, and it¹s getting late enough to think of bedding down.

When traveling in most populated states, it is a safe assumption that just about any town on the map will have basic services (gas, dining, and lodging). T¹aint so in Montana. In January of this year, over 250 gas stations had to close or stop selling gas because of EPA tank regulations. This left many small towns without a place to fill up. And most are too small for any type of familiar food franchise, or even a place to eat other than the local bar.

This is the ultimate Montana travel guide. This remarkable guide was over three years in development. During that time the authors drove over 20,000 miles, personally interviewed over 4,000 businesses and checked out hundreds of attractions. They spent thousands of collective hours putting everything they gathered into what you will agree is a truly remarkable tool for anyone traveling by automobile or planning a trip in this state.

The book is very friendly and easy to use. In fact, this was the number one priority in producing the book. 320 full color 8-1/2² x 11² pages printed on heavy stock pack in more information about this state than any other Montana guide book in print. Everything you need to know to plan your trip, or to help you while you¹re on it, is included in this book. Once you see it, you¹ll wonder how we were able to put such an incredible book together at such a low price. The book is divided into 27 logical stretches of highway. Each section includes literally a mile-by-mile description of what you will find on your journey.

Each section opens with a general description of the route, a little history of the area, towns along the way, and anything else of interest.

That is followed with detailed, easy-to-read maps of the section and any towns that have more than one commercial street. On these maps they indicate by number the specific location of every gas stop, place to eat, lodging facility, and attraction along the way‹every single one that was in business when they surveyed the area. If there¹s a fast food franchise, hot dog stand, burger palace, hometown cafe, or fine dining establishment‹they'll tell you. If they have a single gas pump‹the book lists them. If they fix any part of your car‹it's listed. If they rent even a few rooms‹they're in there. If its anything worth stopping (or even slowing down) for‹a historical site, state park, museum, point of interest, etc.‹it's listed. They even include retail establishments that feel you would find them of interest. There are over 70 highway and town maps in this book.

Following the maps in the listing section, the authors tie the number on the map to each of the services and attractions. They provide basic information such as the name, address, and phone number of the service. Following the name they provide easy-to-read symbols indicating the type of service or services provided. In many cases there is a paragraph giving additional information about the service or attraction. For many of them, there are photos.

If that isn¹t enough, the listings are followed with a quick reference chart for each of the three critical categories of interest to a traveler: dining, lodging, and auto. Each of these charts allows the reader to scan through all of the businesses in that category for a quick comparison. If you're looking for fast food, quickly see which places fit that description and where they are. Need diesel? See which stations sell it. Looking for a motel with an indoor pool? Scan through quickly and find all of the ones in that section.

There's a lot of information packed into these tables. For instance:

Dining: Tells you the type of food served, the price range, if they have a kid¹s menu, do they serve beer? wine? cocktails?, what meals do they serve, if they take reservations, and what credit cards they take. Their number on the map and in the listing section is also provided for easy cross reference.

Lodging: Tells you how big they are (number of rooms), what price range they are in, if they serve breakfast (continental or full), if they have a swimming pool (indoor or outdoor) or hot tub, if they have non-smoking rooms, other amenities they provide (kitchenette, refrigerator, or microwave), what credit cards they take, do they allow pets, and again their reference number on the map and listing section.

Auto: Tells you what kind of fuel they sell (gas, diesel, or propane), what types of repair services they provide, if they have a convenience store, if there is a mechanic on duty, what credit cards they take, and yes‹what their reference number is on the map and listing section.

Now if all of that isn¹t already worth the price of the book several times over, here¹s what makes it a no-brainer. Many of these businesses have offered substantial discounts to owners of this book. Over $5,000 in discounts! No, that¹s not a typo. These are real‹and really serious discounts. How about over 165 restaurants offering everything from free drinks (often beer, wine, and cocktails) to free meals; almost 100 motels offering reduced rates; over 100 gas and auto stops offering free beverages with fill-ups or discounted service; not to mention the other miscellaneous businesses offering special discounts to readers. The fact is, you will probably get back the price you paid for this book your first day on the road.

Finally, there is a wealth of other information in this book: a calendar of events broken out by section; a listing of radio stations throughout the state; population, elevation, annual precipitation and temperatures by town; chamber of commerce phone numbers; and a large listing of other important phone numbers relevant to travel. A guarantee--you will spend more money on a trip to Montana without this book, than with it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888550061
  • Publisher: Champions Publishing/Ultimate Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 10.69 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

How To Use This Book 1
Map Guides 2
Montana--The Treasure State 4
Montana Data 12
Section 1. Southeast Montana 14
Baker
Ekalaka
Plevna
Broadus
Ashland
Lame Deer
Colstrip
Section 2. Southern Border to Billings 18
Lodge Grass
Garryowen
Crow Agency
Hardin
Billings
Section 3. Red Lodge Area 37
Belfry
Bridger
Fromberg
Edgar
Rockville
Joliet
Boyd
Roberts
Red Lodge
Roscoe
Absarokee
Fishtail
Dean
Nye
Section 4. Billings to Bozeman 48
Laurel
Park City
Columbus
McLeod
Big Timber
Livingston
Section 5. West Yellowstone to Belgrade 60
West Yellowstone
Big Sky
Gallatin Gateway
Section 6. Bozeman to Butte 70
Bozeman
Belgrade
Manhattan
Logan
Three Forks
Willow Creek
Cardwell
Whitehall
Section 7. South Highway 287 92
Cameron
Ennis
McAllister
Norris
Pony
Harrison
Virginia City
Nevada City
Alder
Sheridan
Twin Bridges
Section 8. South Border to Butte 98
Monida
Lima
Dell
Barretts
Dillon
Melrose
Section 9. South Border to Missoula 103
Divide
Wise River
Wisdom
Sula
Conner
Darby
Hamilton
Corvallis
Victor
Stevensville
Florence
Lolo
Section 10. Butte to Missoula 115
Butte
Rocker
Warm Springs
Anaconda
Georgetown Lake
Philipsburg
Deer Lodge
Hall
Drummond
Clinton
Section 11. Missoula to West Border 132
Missoula
Frenchtown
Huson
Alberton
Superior
St. Regis
DeBorgia
Haugen
Saltese
Section 12. East Border to Billings 149
Wibaux
Glendive
Miles City
Forsyth
Hysham
Custer
Section 13. Sidney to Great Falls 160
Sidney
Savage
Richey
Circle
Jordan
Winnett
Grass Range
Moore
Hobson
Stanford
Raynesford
Belt
Section 14. 1-94 to Townsend 165
Ingomar
Melstone
Roundup
Lavina
Ryegate
Martinsdale
Section 15. Gardiner to Great Falls 169
Gardiner
Corwin Springs
Emigrant
Pray
Clyde Park
Wilsall
White Sulphur Springs
Neihart
Monarch
Section 16. Three Forks to Garrison 177
Toston
Townsend
Winston
E. Helena
Elliston
Avon
Section 17. Butte to Great Falls 186
Boulder
Montana City
Helena
Wolf Creek
Craig
Cascade
Section 18. Lincoln/Seeley Lake 198
Simms
Lincoln
Ovando
Bonner
E. Missoula
Seeley Lake
Condon
Swan Lake
Section 19. Flathead Lake 208
St. Ignatius
Charlo
Ronan
Pablo
Polson
Big Arm
Dayton
Rollins
Lakeside
Somers
Big Fork
Section 20. Missoula to Idaho Border 223
Evaro
Arlee
Ravalli
Perma
Paradise
Plains
Thompson Falls
Trout Creek
Noxon
Section 21. Northwest Corner 231
Kalispell
Whitefish
Olney
Fortine
Eureka
Rexford
Marion
Happy's Inn
Libby
Troy
Section 22. Browning to Columbia Falls 253
E. Glacier
Essex
W. Glacier
Apgar
Coram
Martin City
Hungry Horse
Columbia Falls
Section 23. Northeast Corner 261
Culbertson
Plentywood
Poplar
Wolf Point
Scobey
Glasgow
Ft. Peck
Opheim
Malta
Harlem
Chinook
Section 24. Big Timber to North Border 271
Harlowton
Judith Gap
Moore
Lewistown
Roy
Section 25. Havre to Browning 277
Ft. Benton
Big Sandy
Havre
Kremlin
Chester
Shelby
Cut Bank
Section 26. Great Falls to North Border 287
Great Falls
Vaughn
Dutton
Conrad
Oilmont
Sunburst
Sweetgrass
Section 27. East of Glacier Park 300
Augusta
Fairfield
Choteau
Pendroy
Dupuyer
Browning
St. Mary
Babb
Calendar of Events 306
Miscellaneous Information 311
Index 312
Reader Feedback 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    This is a great book!

    I just logged on to let your customers know what a great book I found the Montana Roadside Directory to be. My husband and I have been pouring over it for the past week and it¿s become our main book for planning our trip to Montana in May. I found the charts to be extremely useful and the discounts are abundant. I found the layout to be a little confusing at first, but once I understood the flow, it became very easy to use. My husband would liked to have seen more fishing and hiking info. But I figure this is a book on the roads of Montana, not the wilderness. I guess there¿s only so much you can pack into a book. Maybe next edition. I also liked the way every restaurant, motel, and gas stop is marked directly on the map with a number. This makes it very easy to visualize the trip, and should be real useful in finding places while we¿re driving. I can¿t give anything a perfect score, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to Montana.

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