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March 2011

Experience the great Wide Open

Wanderlust. You know the feeling. There's something about small towns, open roads, and scenic detours—especially in this month's highlight, Montana's High Plains. Across these wide-open prairies, find historic gems, hallowed lands, geological wonders and chicken fried steak as it was meant to be.
A Whistle-Stop Tour
Amtrak's Empire Builder thunders across the northern plains of Montana, delivering passengers to Hi-Line outposts. Hop off in Glasgow and head to Fort Peck to fish Fort Peck Reservoir, stay in the 1930s-style Fort Peck Hotel, and catch a play at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Or, ride the rails to Havre for a tour of the town's bawdy historic underground. If you rumble as far as Shelby, save your appetite for the Frontier Bar and Supper Club's homemade french fries and blackened prime rib.
EXPLORE THE FORT PECK AREA
DID YOU KNOW? There are twelve tribal nations that call Montana home. THE LOCAL SCOOP From Leslie B: You haven't tried Chicken Fried Steak until you've tried it at the Durum in Glasgow.
Sacred Places
On the Crow Reservation, you'll find Native American sacred spots, like the 1,000-2,500 foot deep Bighorn Canyon, with a reservoir perfect for fishing, canoeing, water skiing and scuba diving. Tepee rings, limestone and ice caves, and even wild mustangs are tucked away in the elusive Pryor Mountains. At the hallowed grounds of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, relive Custer's Last Stand against the Sioux and Cheyenne.
THE APSAALOOKE CROW
Roadside Distractions
Road-tripping east on I-94 yields a few worthy stops, starting with the rock formation Lewis and Clark named after Sacajawea's baby, Pompeys Pillar. In Miles City, choose your history lesson: the packed Range Riders Museum, or the historic Montana Bar. In Terry, Montana, watch for ghosts at the reportedly haunted Kempton Hotel and discover the beautiful Terry Badlands. To end on a fizzy note, brake at the Beaver Creek Brewery in tiny Wibeaux, just shy of the North Dakota border.
HEAD EAST ON I-94
Exploring the vastness of Montana's High Plains could take a lifetime, so we suggest getting started now. Pick your passion—dinosaur bones? Historic bars? Native American powwows?—and pack your bags.

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