Montana is a large state full of varied landscapes. In the western part of the state, mountain ranges that are part of the Rocky Mountains reign supreme. Nestled between these mountains are lush scenic valleys. Peaceful, rolling plains occupy the eastern part of Montana, as well as badlands with unique rock formations.
One way to see the state’s amazing natural beauty is to go on a road trip. There are several amazing routes to explore within Montana
, but one must-see route is the Montana Scenic Loop. You’ll find the Montana Scenic Loop located in the northwestern part of the state.
Traveling the Montana Scenic Loop
The Montana Scenic Loop covers a span of nearly 400 miles along U.S. Highways 2, 89, and 287 and Montana
State Highways 83 and 200. Driving the whole loop takes over seven hours, which is quite a journey. Luckily you’ll find 15 towns located around the loop where you can stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant or rest for the night after a day of driving.
The cities of Helena, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula are all located not too far from the Montana Scenic Loop, so you could also rest in these cities for the night during your road trip.
Sights Around the Loop
While driving your rental car
around the Montana Scenic Loop, you’ll see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country. The center of the loop is full of natural wilderness areas, including the Bob Marshal Wilderness, the Great Bear Wilderness, and the Scapegoat Wilderness. You’ll also see several national forests within the loop. Flathead, Helena, Lewis & Clark, and Lolo National Forests are all located in this area.
Surrounding the loop are other great sights, such as Glacier National Park and the Blackfoot and Flathead River Basins. You’ll also have outstanding views of the Rocky Mountain Front.
Seeing all of these varied landscapes during one road trip may seem incredible, but it’s possible along the Montana Scenic Loop. During your next Montana
vacation, plan on taking a road trip along the loop to see the state’s natural splendor. To rent a car
, van, or SUV for your upcoming Montana vacation, contact Journey Rent-A-Car today at 406-551-2277
, or feel free to reserve a vehicle online.