5 Tips for Planning Your Montana Road Trip Jun 7, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Montana is a state to plan a spectacular road trip. Due to its size and the range of mountains and parks, you want to come up with a basic plan and timeframe for your route but leave enough wiggle room to stop at various points along the way. You also need to make sure you bring along everything you will need for the road trip. The following tips will help you prepare for a long drive through “Big Sky Country” and suggest some of your possible destinations.
Pick a Route
The first thing you need to do is figure out where in Montana you want to drive. Since the state is fairly large, there are practically limitless options of where to go and start. You can check out small towns and some ghost towns on a 300-mile trip across the Continental Divide, Butte, Norris Hot Springs, and Clark Caverns State Park. Those who want to check out Yellowstone National Park can easily find a route that covers 360 miles and takes five days in the area. Head for the southern part of the state, going to Livingston, Red Lodge, Yellowstone, and back.
Create a Reasonable Budget
Without a good plan in place, it is very easy to go over your budget on a road trip. Because of this, you need to be honest with yourself and embrace opportunities to save money. If you can minimize the weight in your car, this will boost your fuel efficiency, helping you save on gas. You should also stock up on snacks and drinks at your local stores before hitting the road so you don’t have to stop at the first restaurant that comes along.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your Montana road trip is to book your hotel rooms ahead of time. This way, you will be able to shop around to see which accommodations offer the best rates. If you wait too long, you may be forced to stop at the first hotel you see or find yourself struggling to find an available room.
Plan Vehicle Maintenance
A little before your road trip, make sure to take your vehicle to your preferred service center or mechanic. You want to make sure that every component is in good shape. This will keep you safe and help boost efficiency.
Don’t Forget Entertainment
Make sure to pack enough things to keep you and your passengers entertained during the road trip. Encourage everyone to bring a few items to use themselves and help your children with this process if you are traveling as a family. Bring some music, car games, audiobooks, and conversation ideas. Of course, the best entertainment is the view. The state is renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty, including forests, streams, plains, and mountains. Don’t forget to stop your car and enjoy the great outdoors in “The Last Best Place” on Earth.