A Place To Behold
I was done touring Idaho and its amazing natural beauty. This time, I was heading to my next destination, Montana. Before I decided to do this trip, most of my friends recommended to visit the state. I checked photos in Instagram and other social networking sites and indeed, it was a place to behold.
Since I came from the Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho which is south of Montana, I got to drive about 3 hours to get to my next destination. This was my itinerary while exploring the state.
1.Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. It is located in Jefferson County. It has 2 visitor centers, wide and long hiking trails, a campground and its namesake limestone cavern. According to tour guides, the caverns were dissolved by slightly acidic groundwater in tilted beds of the Madison Limestone millions of years ago. The limestone was formed by layers of calcium rich organisms that died in a sea.
The cave was then developed for tours. The limestone cave is named after the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark since the cavern overlooks the trail from the Lewis and Clark Expedition along the Jefferson River. The park is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Its address is 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall, MT 59759
2.Museum of the Rockies. It is a museum located in Bozeman. It was originally affiliated with Montana State University and now, also the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is known for its paleontological collections. It also houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the country. It possesses the largest Tyrannosaurus skull ever discovered as well as the thigh bone of a T-rex that contains soft tissue.
Museum of the Rockies is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and is the state’s official repository for paleontological specimens. The museum also focuses on the physical and cultural history of the Rocky Mountains and the people and animals indigent to the area. It is located in 600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717.
3.Hyalite Reservoir. It is located 10.5 miles of Hyalite Canyon. The reservoir was constructed in the late 1940s. It has campgrounds that are located on the east shore of the lake offering family camping units, picnic sites, boat ramps, outhouses, and drinking water. They just added a picnic pavilion and it was built in collaboration with the Montana State University School of Architecture, the Gallatin National Forest and local construction volunteers.
Hyalite Reservoir is a small but gorgeous 206-acre lake which is ideal location for fishing, camping and water sports. It also has trails which are primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.
4.Downtown Bozeman. Here, tourists can walk the streets and enjoy the view with wide selections of fine dining restaurants, unique retail shops, art galleries, and sporting goods lining Main Street. It says in downtown Bozeman, you will find a piece of Western artwork, a Montana souvenir and the best restaurants in the city.
Locals even said that downtown Bozeman has so much to offer that they think it’s the best downtown in the Northwest. During my visit, they closed the entire Main Street since they have this Music on Main Street Festival. Food carts, live band stage, and many more were visible on the street. It was packed with locals and tourists and all I can say is, now I know where the good looking people are hiding, they are in Bozeman.
So far for my Keeping Me Sane trip, Montana has offered positive feedback when it comes to sceneries, people and history. It is a place to behold, a must-see state, and a great place to have a vacation away from a bustling city like Dallas.
Here is my vlog during my trip in Montana.