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Eastern Montana Tour
Missouri River Country East of Bozeman
Get a breath of fresh air in Eastern Montana’s wide open countryside full of rolling plains, cattle ranches, bustling towns, and beautiful nature. If space is what you need, you’ve come to the right place.
Nature-lovers, get your cameras ready. The “Sunrise City” of Montana sits in a lush valley along the Yellowstone River with red scoria hills and badlands as a backdrop. Sidney is perhaps one of the prettiest places along the Lewis & Clark Trail.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – The Badlands: A short drive across the border is one of the country’s most famous state parks. The badlands were a go-to hunting spot for young President Teddy Roosevelt. The park was named after him to commemorate his legacy of nature conservation. The park features the colorfully striped dome rock and wildlife at every turn. On your way out, stop by the Oxbow Overlook for a remarkable view.
Fort Union Trading Post: In the mid-1800s, local Indian Tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for blankets, guns, and cloth. Discover what made the Fort the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River.
Mondak Heritage Center & Art Gallery: Walk along wooden sidewalks through an old frontier town main street, learn about the area’s pioneer history, and put on your critiquing hat at one of the several annual art shows. Culture has never been so fun!
Beyond Yellowstone National Park along the river, there sits a rustic mountain town with lots of character and lots to do. Experience Livingston, a true western town in all its glory.
Yellowstone River: Let out your line and fly fish for trout on the banks of the river. Float down the “town section” on a tube for a relaxing scenic route. Yellowstone River has enough activities to keep everyone happy.
Sacajawea Park: Named after the Native American guide of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Sacajawea is a beautiful spot to bring the family. With views of the mountains, river, and a wide variety of wildlife, it’s the perfect place to relax from a long journey. Not only is it a beautiful park, but also a venue for events such as the regular farmer’s market and the family-friendly “Summerfest” music festival.
Rick’s on Main: Rick, the owner, not only serves up some of the finest cuts of steak in Montana, but also some of the best service. It’s not uncommon to see him out on the floor, visiting with guests and making sure everyone is having a good time. Try his specialties like the Pittsburg Style Filet or the Slow Roasted New York.
A thriving city. An adventurous untamed wilderness. A historical hotspot. A Trailhead to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Yellowstone, the Dinosaur Trail, and much much more. Billings proudly wears multiple hats and offers an unforgettable vacation experience.
The Rimrocks: An outcrop of sandstone formations that provide breathtaking views of Billings and Yellowstone River. For one of the best lookouts, hike to the top of Sacrifice Cliff.
Pictograph Cave State Park: Get a rare glimpse into some of the first painted images, left behind on rock over two thousand years ago. The 23-acre park has pleasant walking trails that branch out from the visitor center. This is a must if you’re a history buff.
Bighorn Canyon Recreational Area: The Grand Canyon’s distant relative. Bighorn too has colorful thousand-foot cliffs that drop off to the winding blue water below. Boat through the beautiful landscape or hike among a herd of wild horses on your way to an old ghost town.
DanWalt Gardens: Regarded as Billings’ hidden oasis, the DanWalt Gardens is a hidden jewel that will impress anyone who appreciates nature. The immaculate layout and colors of the trees, plants and flowers give it a serene atmosphere.
Alberta Bair Theater: Take your seat in this elegant theater and look around at the glittering chandeliers and art deco design. Full of history and magical productions, the Alberta Bair Theater is a great way to satisfy your artsy cravings.
Originally a stopping place for long cattle drives from Texas, Miles City holds true to its roots and remains a leader in the cattle market. Today this western town is a fun destination that is sure to bring the cowboy out of you.
Range Riders Museum: Chock full of western artifacts such as pistols and rifles from the Wild Wild West. Also on site are classic cars and restored historic farm equipment.
Custer County Art Center: On a beautiful park location overlooking the river, the Art Center delivers views both inside and out. Tour the elegant galleries and historic grounds for a taste of the area’s fascinating culture.
Eastern Montana Fair: If you’re passing through in August, you won’t want to miss this four day event. Enjoy a rodeo, concerts, fireworks, a carnival, and of course amazing food.
Tongue River Winery: A charming little family-owned winery with some of Montana’s finest award-winning wine. Try unique flavors like Cherry Pie Rhubarb, and Minted Apple.
Tucked between the Badlands and the Yellowstone River, Glendive serves as eastern Montana’s agricultural hub and home to one of the state’s most famous state parks, Makoshika.
Makoshika State Park: Stand where the dinosaurs once roamed. Hike, bike, or drive through the rugged landscape and appreciate the stunning rock formations. On site is the Makoshika Dinosaur Museum that will give you a detailed history of the area.
Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum: Waiting to greet you at the entrance is a massive T-Rex, breaking through the museum walls with its razor sharp teeth. Lucky for us he’s stuck there. But inside you’ll find a host of other dinosaurs in their full form. This museum is the only dinosaur museum in the country to present its exhibits in the context of biblical creation. Bring the kids and explore this unique take on this period in our history.
Frontier Gateway Museum: Learn about the history of Glendive in this seven building museum. Walk through a recreation of old “Merrell West” street and explore the blacksmith shop. A quick stop here and you’ll have a greater appreciation for the fun little town you’re in.
The Historic Bell Street Bridge: Stretching over the Yellowstone River, The Bell Street Bridge has stood as a monument to Glendive’s vibrant past and is the perfect excuse to get out and stretch your legs. The pedestrian bridge gives you gorgeous views of the river and local wildlife.