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Montana Scenic Byways Honored

"Montana" and "scenic byway" are words that flow together perfectly. The state's 94 million acres of virtually unspoiled landscape and its 17,000 miles of highway combine to offer travelers spectacular drives like Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road and the Beartooth Scenic Highway near Red Lodge.

The Kings Hill Scenic Byway is a 71-mile stretch of US 89 passing through central Montana's Little Belt Mountains between the towns of White Sulphur Springs and Belt. Travelers pass through forests, ranch lands and limestone canyons as well as the historic mining communities of Neihart and Monarch, and near Sluice Boxes State Park. There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities on either side of the highway. A 20-minute video of this scenic byway is available from the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region Headquarters in Missoula.

The Trail of the Great Bear is a 2,100-mile ecological, cultural and heritage tourism corridor linking the world's first national park, Yellowstone, with the world's first international peace park, Glacier/Waterton, and Canada's first national parks, Banff and Jasper. The Trail of the Great Bear organization provides travel guides, a video and brochures, and can handle reservations at various properties along the trail.