Billings Montana Side Trips

Little Bighorn National Park - soldier dress

You don’t have to go too far from Billings Montana for some interesting side trips. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park One Billings Montana side trip is sixty miles away–The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park Memorial. It commemorates the spot of General George Armstrong Custer’s famous Last Stand. It portrays the battle not as an individual [Read more …]

What to do in Billings Montana

Billings train depot

Billings Montana With 110,000 citizens, Billings is Montana’s largest city. It was created by and named for the president of the Northern Pacific railroad who built a key rail stop a few miles outside of Coulter. Although it has long-since disappeared, Coulter was an established town and paddle-wheel steamer stop. The area grew into a [Read more …]

Other Montana Places of Interest

Gardiner town steet

In our last several blogs, we wrote about numerous places to visit in Montana. These included: Ghost towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City Billings Montana; and Side trips around Billings Montana This blog talks about some of the other places we visited in Montana. Gardiner Montana Gardiner Montana is a small town that [Read more …]

Montana Ghost Towns

Virginia City handing eplica

Virginia City—Ghost Town Modernized Virginia City Montana was founded in 1863, after the discovery of gold in Adler Gulch. More than 10,000 prospective miners and suppliers flooded the area. Virginia City grew rapidly from settlement to boomtown to a full-fledged city of 5,000 permanent residents and more than 1,200 buildings within a few years. It [Read more …]

The National Parks in Wyoming

Jackson Wyoming town

Jackson Wyoming Jackson Hole is the valley encompassed by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the west. Fur trappers originally inhabited Jackson, followed by homesteaders. Today this 10,000 person town, is (along with the neighboring Teton Village ski resort) the entertainment, cultural and culinary center of Jackson Hole. The [Read more …]

Idaho: Rafting, Hiking and Exploring

Hells Canyon road view

Amazing but Joyce had never been to Idaho before. Tom’s only time there was on a very short business trip to Boise. This trip provided a very different insight for him into the state. We briefly explored a few of the state’s “major” cities and natural and historic sites. Our first, and primary motivation was [Read more …]

Monterey California

Green Gables PAcific Grove

Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

King

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Sierra Mountain Area

Murphys hotel

We were on the way from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. To get there, we took a break from the long drive from San Francisco with a few stops along the way to some beautiful mountain towns, Murphys California Murphys California is a pretty, historic, gold mining town. Many of its business district buildings [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

Mendocino shore line

We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll [Read more …]