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Posted: 01/26/10 08:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow thanks DesertHawk for the detailed information. You have made me re-think our trip accross ND and Montana this summer!


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Posted: 01/26/10 09:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RamTX wrote:

Wow thanks DesertHawk for the detailed information. You have made me re-think our trip accross ND and Montana this summer!



I'm going to postscript your thanks to DesertHawk on his fine answer to your question. If anyone ever questions the value of this forum, DesertHawk's response could be used as an example of just how kind and considerate some posters are here.
Taking time and effort to make than kind of response to a fellow poster is impressive. DesertHawk, you have my respect and appreciation this morning. Thanks also.

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Do some research before touring the reservations. On a casual drive through all you may see is a bunch of BIA issue houses and an abundance of junk cars. Most tribes have web sites, though most of the information is about tribal government and services they provide members. I looked at several in ND, which had casinos, but I couldn't find mention of visitor centers or museums. There is a museum and cultural center in Browning, on the east side of Glacier NP.

You could also look up national parks. There is, for example, a dispersed set of parks related to the Nez Perce wars, which starting in Idaho, and ended in NE Montana (Bear Paw Battlefield) not too far from US2.

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To expand on Paulj's comment - the Bear Paw Battlefield Nat. Historic Site is well worth a 15 mile detour,C south of Chinook, and an hour or two walk around the battlefield interpretaions. There is a small town-operated cg at Chinook (a bit east of Havre MT). We stopped there and took an all-day tour of the Battlefield. Happened to be there on Aug 1, 2003 when the Nez Perce Taril Ride ended with a tribal gathering and memorial sevlice. Tribal members (approx. 200)in full regalia rode in on their beautiful Appaloosa's etc. What a wonderful ceremony to observe!!


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Posted: 01/26/10 12:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We drove it in September from northern Wisconsin to Glacier. It was a great drive and I, like others, prefer to stay off the Interstates when I can. The only problem we ran into was at the North Dakota/Montana border (and I don't recall which side) we had someone traveling east tell us to avoid that section that there were a few miles of unpaved muddy road due to a resurfacing project, but it worked out for us because we went south at Williston on US 85 to visit Theodore Roosevelt Nat Park and cut back north on WY 16 and avoided the construction.

The gentleman that told us about the construction had dried mud all over his rig and his tow vehicle was covered also. We didn't however, miss the muddy construction project at Missoula after we left Glacier and my rig and toad looked like the one that advised us of the earlier construction project.

We look forward to driving US Rt. 2 again in the future!


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DesertHawk has some great recommendations! As a former North Dakotan, may I emphasize two?

First, outside Bismarck/Mandan is Fort Abraham Lincoln and the On-a-Slant Village. The staff at these two sites give excellent tours. I cannot recommend them strongly enough. Each will take you back into Prairie history, but of different peoples. With your interest in Native American culture, the On-a-Slant Village is a must-do. Plan for three hours for both sites. Bring a picnic and take in great view of the Missouri River. You'll almost be able to picture Lewis and Clark floating by. Check out www.fortlincoln.com

The Bismarck area will have pulled you 100 miles off of Hwy 2. So continue west on I-94 to Medora and Teddy Roosevelt National Park. The park visitor's center is quite interesting, with a tip of the hat to Teddy, who was instrumental in the early days of the National Parks. Take your time driving the park loop and keep an eye out for wildlife. We've been there a few times and each time we've seen buffalo and wild horses (once next to the road!).

Wishing you a wonderful trip!





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If you end up on hwy # 2 across Minnesota I would recommend a quick stop at Canal Park in Duluth. Right on Lake Superior it gives you a chance to see on of the large lake freighters as they pass under the vertical lift bridge and through the ship canal into the Lake.

Also farther west in Minnesota hwy 2 passes just a few miles north of Itasca state park and the birthplace of the Mississippi river.


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Coming from the east coast, consider going north through lower Michigan, across the bridge, and then west through the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Some of this is scenic, and avoids the traffic around Chicago.

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By using US 2 tru ND. and Montana there are some great state parks, city and town parks that are really reasonable and friendly. Great drive, just watch speed limits entering towns as they drop in increments and do watch your speed limit on Indian Reservations.

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Wow ....hard to do a follow-up after a DesertHawk post [emoticon]

It's a great American Classic road trip. We always enjoy these secondary highways and then using GPS mapping, find back-roads that eventually reconnect to the secondary hwy. Never know what you'll find.

Along Hwy 2 watch as the road-side white 'Crosses' increase in numbers when approaching a Reservation... very sad.


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